Mother’s Day: Somebody Mopped the Floor

I woke up with the same sore throat I’ve had since Thursday. To be fair, it felt better than tiny incense sticks pricking me at each swallow. The boys were watching cartoons while Lyndon set up the table with Wonder Bagels, balloons, and twin Sesame Street wrapped packages. Both dresses – both beautiful. Pink and […]

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The First Year, The First Child

“We need help,” he blurted into the phone, “Tonight works. If you can.” Sometimes I do private consultations with parents who need help understanding their options regarding child care. When I arrive at their home, I am greeted by one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen, her dashing husband, a spirited (and tiny) […]

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Body Talk with Lillian Bustle

I reached out to the infamous Lillian Bustle the day after Councilman Chris Gadsden sent me a copy of On The B Side. I was a guest on the show; he sent me a copy of it before it aired. I clicked on the link and after a few moments, I stopped it, poured a […]

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Adult Love

I was out for the first run of the season when I came across the locks. They’ve been here for a few years but I’ve been inside for months so seeing them today felt brand new. They took my breath away. I was overcome with memories of romance, of new love, young marriages, and the […]

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Snow Day Stew: Mushroom & Mash

Preparing for a storm, for some, involves more than an extended stop at the liquor store. Vegetarian chef Dan Haag makes mushroom stew. “This is a staple in our house when it’s cold and snowy out,” he told me. “Feel free to share.” And full disclosure: I plan on stopping over there tomorrow for some. […]

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Andrea McKenna: Painter and Furniture Designer

Andrea McKenna makes a living as a painter, co-owns and curates a gallery as a side gig, and rises and falls as an artist. It’s in her blood. “My grandfather was a master plasterer and a decorative painter. He did a lot of faux marble – he was definitely an artist. In recent years I […]

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Knowing Our Neighbors: Marie Bagunu

“The plan was to move away from the Heights, but I got used to everything being so near. If I need milk, I’ll walk across the street. It’s so easy. And I’ve met so many people that I like. If I move, I’ll have to start over. I have a really great support system in […]

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Elf on a Shelf: Saying Goodbye to Bixyquick

Last night we said goodbye to Bixyquick (Are we early? It takes a long time to get to the North Pole from here!), our beloved cookie-loving, crumb-creating elf on a shelf. Later, loser. (Don’t say that.) I have to admit, Bixyquick was a little on the lazy side. He didn’t fly around every night, creating […]

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Not My Grandma’s Pierogi

Christmas is pierogi. My mother made hundreds every year. As a child I watched her standing at the counter, flour spilling onto the floor. In my teenage years I helped, mostly milling around, making a fuss, and waiting for the taste-test. We brought dozens of them, wrapped in foil, to Ray & Elaine’s on Christmas […]

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Rainy Days

It crossed my mind that these corn cob holders (weapons) might not be the safest toys to play with but I couldn’t find any toothpicks so I went with it. Later, when my partner found one on the floor and suggested that the boys could possibly (likely) try to fit them into available electric sockets […]

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