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So the tree fell over. Full of lights and ornaments…a slow whoosh and then a whump. Ornaments everywhere, pine needles everywhere, but nothing broken–kind of amazing, given that the tip of the tree grazed a glass-fronted cabinet in the arc of its descent. Very dramatic, no harm done. Which is how I like my drama. Putting the tree to rights involved one of us going in search of a new …

Reverb: 5 Minutes

Reverb prompt from yesterday, which means I’m almost caught up. Except a new prompt came today and there will be another staring me in the face in the morning, and then there will be another… breathe, breathe, breathe.  5 minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010. What …

Reverb10: Gratitude

The prompt: What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? Be warned: mushy sentiment ahead. So Husband left last Tuesday for Abu Dhabi; he comes back Thursday night. Yes, for those of us keeping score, he will have been gone just shy of two weeks. He says it’s nine days. I say when you’re solo parenting, once …

the kids are all right…but what about the plot?

  “The Kids Are All Right” (photo credit: focus/everett/rex features) Five or six years ago, towards the end of a summer graduate course that I was teaching, a student in the class came to my office.  She said she was going through a very painful breakup and as a result, she wondered if she could have a few extra days to complete her final project–she was moving out, which meant …

Now He’ll NEVER Throw Anything Away

  Like many New Yorkers, we of the tribe of the minimally closeted, we have a Stuff problem. Which is to say, we have too much stuff.  Most of us probably have too much stuff, right? We are never quite sure why we have it (that roll of brown felt? the slightly broken wooden figurine?), which is the counterpart to to all the stuff we used to have but don’t any more, …