The Avid Bruxist Fixes Her Stitches, Part the Second

Weird. Found myself actually kinda looking forward to receiving my second shipment from Stitch Fix. Who is I, and what even where happening? Hold me. I’m cold. But before we get into that, let’s talk about me trying to Make Fashion and achieving a victory, a semi-victory, and a

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I Have a Box of Stuff

My students* are hilarious and inspiring, and sometimes heartbreaking. As usual, I asked them to write get-to-know-you letters. Here are my favorite excerpts [comments in brackets are mine]: the reason I like dancing is because you can just have fun be calm and relax, But in a swaying way

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The Avid Bruxist Fixes Her Stitches

First, my style guru had the audacity to move to D.C. two years ago to be with the love of her life. Then came the babies, and I’m not saying I had kids specifically so I’d have an excuse never to go clothes shopping, but it’s a side benefit, for sure. Lo, it seemed

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Bananas on the Dashboard

My dad and I aren’t taking our usual northward jaunt because I need to be within spitting distance of the hospital for Arlo’s sake, but here are a few gems of recent times. Dad: Have you ever tried to open pistachios and read a book at the same

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Protected: Not the Best Piece of Hay in the Stack

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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Damn-Near Handsome

Dad: Ames, I dropped a pair of reading glasses down your toilet. …Don’t worry! …I have about 15 pairs. ********** Dad: I’m a big fan of Woody Harrelson. Especially now that he’s no longer a mushroom-eating moon howler. (?????) ********** Dad, re baby names: Of course, the

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He Doesn’t Have Any Rules to Live By

Every so often, my dad and I take a trip together. But sometimes, he just comes down to stay with me for the weekend. We sit and talk—he talks mostly. We go out to eat—he loves the Thai place. He uses my internet while I go to

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#YesAllWomen

I wrote this is 2010, after a man, who had found me on a dating website, “done some recon”, and started reading my blog, made a sexual comment on a post. Here it is, excerpted and slightly edited for clarity: I think every woman has had some

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Adventures in Eldercare, Part Deux

This is probably the last time I’ll be able to relieve my mother of her eldercare duties, for a while anyway, so I drive up with Dad, and they take off for the Berkshires. Some things are the same. “Here are the dogs!” Denture-smacking. Cribbage shit-talk. Laughing at weird things:

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Chicken Wing Parable

“But I’m trying, Ringo. I’m trying real hard to be the shepherd.” -Jules Violet’s collar popped right off. She realized she was loose within a split-second of when I did, too late for me to snatch at her neck. She took off towards the busy two-lane, and

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