Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Curse of Automaticity

“Did you bring your medicine?” my husband asks. “Of course,” I say firmly.  He asks this question of me, not while we’re turning the corner in our own neighborhood, but after we’ve crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and are halfway … Continue reading

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The Spice of Life

My husband and I were shocked this spring when his 83-year-old mother told us she was going with my husband’s brother on a trip to Ukraine.  This is a woman who has vowed she is too old to travel anymore, … Continue reading

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Letter to My Third-Grade Teacher

Dear Mrs. Zunker, I found this old photograph of my third grade class, and it brought back so many memories of you and Roger Sherman Elementary School.  That’s me, in the second row, third from the left, with the overbite … Continue reading

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Endless Summer

I took my little Emily and Matt to school today.  After such a wonderful summer, it was hard to say goodbye to them at the classroom door.  Baby Ben and I are left behind, our little four-some broken up for … Continue reading

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In Praise of Mediocrity

My pedicurist just bought a beautiful old Steinway, not a baby grand, mind you, but a full-grown concert grand.  She intends to have a piano roll installed and make it a player piano since she doesn’t know how to play. … Continue reading

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Creative Finance

It’s nearly that time again.  The time that deluges me with dread, makes me tremble with trepidation, and floods me with fear.  The scenario goes like this: “Honey, bring me your checkbook so I can reconcile it,” my husband says. … Continue reading

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Keeping a Stiff Upper Lip

I’ve noticed that the space between my nose and the top of my upper lip is shrinking.  It’s like a blotter soaking up excess ink.  I wonder if people would notice the shine if I were to smear Vaseline below … Continue reading

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