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The Second Kid I Didn’t Have to Give Birth To (Not an Adoption Story)

It happened again. The waitress took one look at the two girls sitting across from us in the booth and made reference to my two kids. It’s an easy enough mistake to make. In restaurants they’re hard to miss between the selfie taking, pit tickling, and the upper arm poking. Other than the fact that […]


You’ve Seen This Mother Hundreds of Times

You’ve seen her hundreds of times. She’s pushing a cart through the grocery store at warp speed, a toddler trailing behind her spilling a box of cereal on the floor, another hanging, head perpendicular to the floor, from the seat, wailing at the top of his lungs. She’s sitting two tables away from you at […]


The 10 Milestones No One Bothers to Warn Moms About

Our children have barely begun their lives when the obsession with hitting the milestones begins. When will they roll over? Sit? Hold a spoon? Drink from a cup? Neatly marked off a usually mental checklist, milestones are less about the passage of time and more about reassurance. Yes, the first tooth has arrived, the first […]

Inside Out

Common Core

Why We’re ‘Opting Out': Our Kids Aren’t Guinea Pigs

If you have a school aged child, know a school aged child or know someone with a school aged child, you’ve probably heard two words thrown about a lot lately: opting out. But what are they opting out of? And why? The first answer is simple: the common core state tests thrown at kids in […]


Handing Down Their Childhood One T-Shirt & Pair of Jeans at a Time

There isn’t much in my attic that’s changed in the 12 years since we bought the house. Some updated insulation. Removal of a fan that allowed critters and too much cold inside. That which every homeowner since time immemorial has changed. And then there is the box. The box that sits just inside the door, […]

Playing OUtside

Nosy Neighbors Are Killing Childhood As We Once Knew It

They thought their kids were walking to the park the day the cop car pulled up to their suburban home. But Danielle and Alexander Meitiv’s 10- and 6-year-old children weren’t park-bound anymore. They were in the back of the police car. The kids were fine. Their parents were about to be very un-fine. In the […]

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There’s Power in a Lie When You’re a Mom

When my daughter was young, I made an impossible promise. It’s what all new moms do. We’re never going to feed our kids processed sugar, use a TV as a babysitter, or lie to them. All of which lasts until their first Easter, the first time you have a splitting headache, and the first time […]

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She Doesn’t Need to Hold My Hand … But She Still Can

We were in a parking lot at a chain restaurant when it happened. I reached out my hand, expecting a smaller one to fit right in the recess between forefinger and thumb. I felt just the tips of fingertips and then … air. It wasn’t the first time. We went through this when she was […]


We Get First Row Tickets to the ‘Reinvention’ Play of Childhood

I remember fourth grade — the grade my daughter is in now — with a whole lot of fear and loathing. I can’t be alone. One study of adolescents, commissioned by the American Association of University Women, found that at age 9, girls are overwhelmingly confident, assertive and feel positive about themselves. By the time they hit […]

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Brittney & Josh: An Engagement Session

  A lot of photographers have a lot of props in their arsenal. I confess I have a few favorites myself. But when I’m going out on a shoot, I always want to focus on the subject … and that means looking to their lives for the “props” that will really reflect their story. In […]

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Why That Photographer Is Lying on the Ground

A photo appeared on Facebook this week of me. I’m sitting in the middle of the road, one leg thrown out to the side, the foot up and rooted to the ground. The other leg was bent and positioned beneath me in such a manner that it was holding me steady as I leaned forward, […]

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If I Can’t Stand in Front of a Camera … What Does That Say to My Daughter?

The selfie may have taken over the world – and the Oxford Dictionary – but there are few on my phone and even fewer on my various social media accounts. If that makes me an anomaly, there’s reason for it. I’ve never been exactly comfortable standing in front of a camera. A lifetime battle with […]

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‘Paddington’ Movie Brings the Best of the Children’s Books to Screens

If there’s one thing book lovers can agree on, it’s that the book is almost always better than the movie. But sometimes it isn’t about being better. Sometimes, it’s about being different. And that’s where the folks behind the new film Paddington got it right. When the Weinstein Company decided to turn Michael Bond’s book […]


Giveaway: ‘Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast’ Blu-Ray & DVD Pack

Before I gave birth to a daughter, I’d never heard of the Bechdel test. It’s a measure of how often two female characters talk to each other in films and books about subjects other than men. More than half of all contemporary films fail the test, and — sadly — that includes most children’s movies. […]


Giveaway: ‘Big Hero 6′ Blu-Ray & DVD

By now we all know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but what about judging a movie by its title? Big Hero 6 (which hits shelves on Blu-Ray and DVD on February 24) sounds like a movie about a team of superheroes. Technically, it is. Based on a lesser known Marvel […]

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Country Life

Fall Leaves in the Catskills

Sorry, New York Times, But We Built the Catskills

Well,  it seems congratulations are in order. According to the New York Times, the Catskills is one of the 52 places to go in 2015. Yes, we’ve made it. So who gets the pats on the back? The Sullivan County Visitors’ Association, perhaps, for all their hard work in reminding people that the Borscht Belt […]

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20 Things Sullivan County (New York) Folks Love

If there’s ever proof that Sullivan County is a world unto itself, the list going ’round the web that promises to sum up everything Upstate New Yorkers love is it. We love our cider donuts as much as the next sweet tooth, but we much prefer a Roscoe or Callicoon brewed beer to that Saranac […]

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How Not to Be a Jerk to the Snow Plow Driver This Winter

Winter is back — whether we welcome the old man or not. He’s brought his old friends snow, sleet, ice, and incompetent driving. We could probably do without them all, but it’s the last one that’s truly the pits. True, people drive like idiots in the summer. But on an 80-degree day in July, you […]

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