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New Year, New Attitude

Mommy, why is my panini taking so long? My youngest is 18, but when Julia gets hungry, an uncomfortable, alien feeling for her, she reverts to her grumpy four- year-old self. Julia, it always takes this long, comforts her older, wiser sister Kate. The three of us (son Thomas is stuck in NYC working) are…

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College Trip Tips for the People Who Aren’t Going to College – the Parents

Third child, third college trip, too many information sessions and campus tours to count. I’ll take the pain of childbirth (ok, there was an epidural on constant drip) over the tedium of information sessions and campus tours any day. Yale, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Penn and Georgetown. Must they all say essentially the same thing? Couldn’t…

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Gimme Shelter

What a difference a ferry makes. I can pledge allegiance to the flag (of which I saw many last 4th of July Weekend) that Shelter Island which lies between the North and South Forks of Long Island  really is the non-Hamptons. Yes, Shelter Island is surrounded by water and there is no convenient connecting bridge,…

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Scottish Caper

The last time I went to Edinburgh I was 16 years old on a bike trip from Bath to Inverness. Actually, I was bike-free in Edinburgh – my bike got stolen in Penrith, a huge relief to be honest.  I decided it was high-time for an encore by train, not bike. The 4 and 1/2…