Category Archives: Parenting

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On College Tours, It’s the Pannini Press that Matters

“Too preppy,” my son declares, refusing to join the other juniors gathered for a tour of one stately southern campus. “Too alternative,” he decrees at another, halfway across the same state. Mr. 70 Percent and I are in the midst … Continue reading

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When Children Know Best

A gap year turned out to be just what my daughter needed after high school. As I wrote for The New York Times, now I’m a believer.

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Proud and Out in Budapest and Prague

My mother loves cake. Any kind of cake: chocolate, apple, layer, carrot, cream-filled, caramel-glazed, you name it. This is one of the many things I learned–or remembered–on the 10-day trip I recently took through Central Europe with my mother and … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Vermont

I have spent the past five months trying to figure out Vermont, without much success. It’s not as easy as you might think, given its reputation for simple, wholesome, back-to-the-land living. Which isn’t to say, exactly, that I don’t like … Continue reading

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Home is Where the Mess Is

The move to Vermont is behind us, if not the unpacking. It’s a slow process. Every day I tackle approximately one box, then collapse, exhausted, on a giant pile of mismatched socks. Among the things we haven’t yet been able … Continue reading

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The Last Walk

I slipped the leash around his neck for the last time. He wagged his tail, hopeful even through his labored breaths that we might be going for a walk. Just 24 hours earlier, Max, our 12-year-old Lab, had been diagnosed … Continue reading

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The Packing Wars

If you really want to test your marriage, just pack up your house. You don’t even have to move; simply spend time together determining who has more useless crap. In our case, I think even Mr. 70 Percent would agree … Continue reading

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