I recently spent 4 hours in the Hamburg airport, while I awaited my connecting flight to Budapest.
During my late teens and 20s, I spent many hours passing through train stations and airports…throughout Europe; back then, this would have been a normal few hours for me. Yet in the weeks leading up to my first solo trip in almost 18 years, I had been filled with anxiety. Don’t get me wrong, I have traveled extensively since my single days, but it has always been with either my… >> Read More
I recently went away to a professional conference for a whole 4 nights and 5 days. Imagine that! Almost one week away from my 3 little ones (ages 8, 5, and 2), whom I’ve barely ever had the…courage to leave before. I had a million excuses as to why they couldn’t exist without me: they would miss their bus every day, forget to turn in their homework and library books, leave the house without their lunches, wear mismatched clothing, and most likely cry themselves to sleep every night without their mother home… >> Read More
After her baby was born, novelist and essayist Rivka Galchen noticed something curious: “The world seemed ludicrously, suspiciously, adverbially sodden with meaning.” At the same time, she…observes, “my thoughts had become unprecedentedly interrupted, as if every three minutes I had fallen asleep, curtailing any thought, morphing it into dream… What I mean to say is that I wasn’t working. This even though my plan had been to work. And to think. Even after the baby was born.” This is one of… >> Read More
A couple weeks ago, a casual conversation about the 5 borough marathon in New York led my son to ask if there had ever been a protest in all five boroughs. I told him there had not been a…five-borough protest that I was aware of but that there had been a protest a couple years ago that went from Manhattan to Brooklyn and stopped at the Barclay’s Center. I told him it was called the Black Lives Matter protest. He looked confused. “But that couldn’t have ended at the Barclay’s Center. That took… >> Read More
My daughter goes to preschool three days a week. She has been going since she was about a year and a half. She really likes it. She learns a lot, including how to socialize and share, which are two…of the biggest lessons any child can learn at an early age if you ask me. Every morning when we drop her off, we take a photo. When my husband drops her off, he sends me the picture. When I drop her off, I send him the picture. Sometimes we write a quick note: “Went… >> Read More