The Cirrrrrrrcle of Liiiiiiiiife

May 31, 2012

Filed in: The Home Front, The Way We Live Now

It’s probably wrong to conflate the launching of my firstborn, who graduates on Sunday from high school, with the closing down of the beloved Brain, Child Magazine, the place where I have both written for and gone to for emotional sustenance and, mostly, a good laugh over this long haul of raising...

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What did you do in the class wars, Mommy?

October 16, 2011

Filed in: The Home Front, The Way We Live Now

When I was a junior in high school, everyone in the honors history class had to write a term-long in-depth research paper. Always someone to bite way more than she could chew, I picked “The 60s” as a topic (a wee bit unfocused, no?).

Really what I was interested in was the cool-looking...

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Nine eleven

September 11, 2011

Filed in: The Home Front, The Way We Live Now

Everyone remembers the beauty of the day. Everyone’s story starts that way. If you were anywhere in the northeastern United States, you remember the crystal blue, the perfectly dry sunniness.

I was taking secondborn to his first day of preschool. Normally I am not sentimental about milestones,...

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“What has happened to middle class America?”

July 11, 2011

Filed in: The Home Front, The Middle Ages, The Way We Live Now

This piece in the Times pretty much freaked out my weekend, or at least my Saturday: Job Growth Falters, Clouding Hope for Recovery.

Scary stuff, for us personally but also for everyone (well, not you top 1% earners, y’all just carry on).

One of the things I’m interested in is the way it’s...

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Now Our Lives Are Changing Fast

July 04, 2011

Filed in: The Home Front, The Middle Ages, The Way We Live Now

These days my kids are both listening to Arcade Fire—you know, the indie Canadian band that stole the Album of the Year Grammy out from under Eminem and Lady Gaga.

Normally I’d be proud of them for their alternative leanings, but AF’s latest album, The Suburbs, cuts too close for me,...

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