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Read Anybody’s Life Lately?

A long time ago I was at a comedy show and the comic (whose name, I’m sorry to say, I can’t remember) made a joke that I’ve never forgotten: “I’ve just started therapy,” she said.  Long pause. “Because I come from a family.” End of joke.  It’s a joke that’s a great wheat-from-the-chaff tool: those who laugh will probably be my friends. Those who don’t, or who look puzzled, we’re …

Reading

Inspired by the sidebar on Marinka’s MotherhoodinNYC (and by her witty writing, but I’ll save the gushing for if I ever meet her at a conference),  I’ve added my own sidebar, with a list of what’s being read chez moi these days. I’ve got mixed feelings about Amazon (remember how exciting it was when Amazon first started–and all you could get was, you know, books?), so  if you want to …

Show and Tell

Caleb has learned to read. Generally speaking, this is a great thing. He hasn’t quite crossed the line from reading-as-chore to reading-as-pleasure, but he’s getting there.  And that means he reads the signs–excited by his sense of mastery–as we walk along the street: PIZZA! ICE CREAM! SHOES! Then we walk past this: Caleb says: SHOW AND TELL!  Pause. Then: Why’s he showing us his tummy? Does he have a six-pack?  Liam says …