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Out of the Mouths of Babes

When I was a kid, one of my favorite TV movies was “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer.”  I suppose I identified strongly with Rudolph back then.  After all, he wasted a lot of time trying to hide his glowing red nose only to eventually figure out that it was something he would want to flaunt. […]

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

“He was more responsible than anyone else for creating the modern world.” You may be thinking I am quoting someone describing Steve Jobs.  After all, he changed so much about the way we function as a society.  In fact, though, one hundred years before Steve was building his first computer in his garage, Thomas Edison […]

Blessing in Disguise

I wore one of my favorite Halloween costumes in the 2ndgrade in Islamabad, Pakistan.  Since so many American children attended the International School of Islamabad, the school allowed us to dress up and celebrate the holiday.  Of course, purchasing a costume was out of the realm of possibility there.  There were no shops selling plastic […]

Homage to my Parents

What is your first memory?  It is probably from when you were around four years old, maybe three.  One of my earliest memories was when I was sitting with my parents and a doctor at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation and Medicine in Chicago trying to fit a prosthetic forearm and attached hand onto my upper arm. […]

The Perfect Response

The other day, Charlie turned to me matter of factly and said, “Mom, I know what the “S” word is.  I found out during my playdate today.”  “Crap,” I thought to myself.  Were six year olds already discussing bad words with one another? My mind drifted to the first time I remember hearing my own […]

You Never Know What Funny Can Do

“These things are good: ice cream and cake, a ride on a Harley, seeing monkeys in the trees, the rain on my tongue, and the sun shining on my face. These things are a drag: dust in my hair, holes in my shoes, no money in my pocket, and the sun shining on my face.”  […]

Thoughts Beyond the Pom

Have you ever held yourself back from doing something simply because you don’t think you can do it?  Or how about (even worse), holding back because you believe others won’t be accepting of you?  Or, (the worst), people pass so much judgment that you lose the motivation to even try or are prevented from achieving […]

It’s in the Genes!

“That’s Meg’s daughter, she was adopted!” exclaimed a mother I hardly knew, speaking loudly.  The scene took place over the summer at a pool, as I was being introduced by the mother to her two friends. Savanna, our five-year-old blond (in a family of brunettes) daughter, was running around out of earshot. “What?” I remarked, a […]

Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self

I just heard that Jane Lynch who plays Sue Sylvester in the hit show “Glee” wrote a fabulous new memoir. To kick off her prose, she wrote a letter to her 20-year-old self.  What a phenomenal concept! What if we all could choose a point in time of our lives when we were our most […]

What About Me?

“It just isn’t fair!” I shouted to my parents.  It was 1982, and we were living in Cairo, Egypt due to my father’s job.  Peter, my older brother by 15 months, had just been invited to go with our school’s “Jazz Rock” band to Athens, Greece to play for a local school there.  Although we […]

Ripple Effects

As we approach the 10 year anniversary of our nation’s worst terrorist attack and recall with so much emotion the tragic events of that day, I balance my grief at the event with the gratitude that so many of my co-workers and my boss escaped from the World Trade Center that day.  Tomorrow I am preparing to […]

Whatever works

I remember watching Woody Allen’s 2009 film, “Whatever Works” and thinking to myself,  “What an interesting phrase.” Written in the context of love and relationships, it never occurred to me at the time that the phrase could also sum up a personal shopping experience. During our annual trip to Nantucket this year, while browsing in […]

Ethan in the city

Ethan and I experienced a few firsts today.  He rode a subway (the “R”) for the first time;  I learned how to organize my iPad apps by topic; and, while being interviewed on video by Rosa Jurjevics at the Scholastic office in Manhattan, we together experienced the 5.8 scale earthquake that impacted the East Coast.  […]

Making a video

Today, Rosa Jurjevics, who works for Scholastic came to our hometown to film Ethan, our older son who (along with his brother Charlie) was born with my genetic condition.  The purpose for the shoot was to capture Ethan playing soccer, basketball and baseball with his close friends, just like any other nine-year old.   Ethan […]

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words

This is me in January 1999 at The House of Botticelli in Bronxville, NY.  I had recently become engaged to my husband John, and it was time for me to go look at wedding gowns with my family.  As I walked downstairs, I looked down to see hundreds of magnificent dresses.  Every girl who hopes […]