When I was a kid, I eagerly looked forward to Valentine’s Day. After all, it would obviously be the day my true classmate love — whomever that was, who clearly had been pining for me in absentia…— would finally step out of the shadows. Spoiler alert: That never happened (although one year I did receive a very nice stuffed animal anonymously placed in my car, which in retrospect is actually somewhat creepy). But the hope and anticipation of passion — would someone send me a red carnation, that apex of affection?— gave… >> Read More
We had a plan.
We were three years into our marriage and had three years left on a credit card consolidation loan. My student loans would also be paid off in three years.
With our debts…finally paid, we would actually be able to buy a house. We figured we’d take some time to settle in, get used to our new life as homeowners, then start a family. This would give me time to further establish my career as an environmental scientist and put me firmly in my early 30s —… >> Read More
In her hit Netflix series Tidying Up, organizing guru Marie Kondo jokingly implied people should only keep 30 books in their home. The backlash from literary lovers was swift, and I totally relate:…I think there are more than 30 books in my car right now. As so many of us know, books aren't like the shoes you once wore that are too small after you gave birth. They're not an outdated lampshade or the broken chair in the corner. They're not the cat carrier that can't be… >> Read More
I’m not planning on marching this weekend. The turbulence with the official Women’s March leadership — and the seemingly obstinate refusal of its leadership to condemn anti-Semitism — makes…me loath to participate. The good news is that there are many marches that are unaffiliated with the national group planned for Saturday. I fully endorse them, and you can find one that might suit your geographic and timing needs here. To be frank, however, I am not sure that my family and I are… >> Read More
How would your kid react if they saw a friend write this on Snapchat: “Would anyone even care if I killed myself?”
This is not a drill — this did really happen to kids I know. And now that…we have been through it, I’d like to share what I learned from this experience, because it could possibly save a kid’s life. 1. Tell your teen: If they see something like this, they need to tell you. You would think that this would be a given, but it’s not. Our teens are deluged with so… >> Read More