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Tawdry Christmas Elf Gossip

It's our first year with the Elf-on-the-Shelf and we are having so much fun! It turns out that our Elf-on-the-Shelf, Noelle (aka "Elfie," who is a very naughty elf) has a thing for AKALaverne's rather hunkolicious elf, Alejandro. And you can read all about their ...

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A Christmas Carol in the Radiology Department

A Christmas Carol in the Radiology Department

On Monday I wrote a letter to Santa asking him for things, but after the events of the last two days I'm revising my wish list: All I want for Christmas is to stay alive. ...So I can be there for my children as they grow up. Yesterday ...

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When Ella was 4 she said, "I've been waiting my whole, long life to go to that water city (Venice) and if you don't take me I'm going to call 911 and ask them how to get there myself."

10 Surprising Places to Travel with Kids

Here are 10 places I've either taken the kids, or plan to take them. Some of them, like London - are obviously kid-friendly places to go. But others, like Muscat, Oman (where they love children) and Rio de Janeiro (where there is fantastic music and wonderful ...

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The Momalog Is In Travel + Leisure!

The Momalog Is In Travel + Leisure!

Big News! The Momalog is in Travel + Leisure talking Spring Break destinations with some other pretty amazing bloggers - Mannahattamama, The Bloggess, and Scary Mommy! OMG! Check it out before they realize I'm a nobody and delete me! Hurry! PS: Can I have a marching band, please? Click ...

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April

24

2013

One Page At A Time

Daily Life, My Husband, Writing

It’s been a while since I last posted. To be honest I’ve been off the blog for so long that I was afraid what I would see in the comments when I got here. If I take a break from the blog, spammers flock to it like flies to shit. They seem to have a sixth-sense that you’re not there checking your comments for spam, so they come in droves, like this one from “Men’s Hair Removal Cream”:

Picture 10That was a comment on my post, Flower Salad from A Child’s Montessori Garden. I’m so glad this hairy man is going to “personally advocate” Montessori gardening to his hirsute buddies! Or this one, found on one of my more popular posts, The Duggarmoms Are After Me:

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I wonder if the Duggarmoms are after that poor spammer, too?

The other reason I’ve been off the blog is that my husband and I were talking about his career (he recently got a promotion which means that I now have to schedule time with him via his secretary, like Samantha on Bewitched!). So we were talking and I asked him what his Biggest Dream is. Because he is ambitious and we were discussing his career path, I assumed he would say something like, “To be General Manager of IBM,” or, “To retire at 55 with two Swiss bank accounts and a Leer Jet.” But he didn’t say anything remotely like that. He surprised me. You know what he said? He looked me straight in the eyes and said: “My biggest dream is to read your published novel.” 

Me: “Are you kidding?”

Him: “No.”

Now, my husband is not a soppy romantic. Warm fuzzy words do not come tumbling out of his mouth very often and I like that about him. What he says isn’t by rote, he means it. His words stunned me, and got my attention. He has always supported my writing. He was there with me for the nearly six years it took me to finish writing my first novel. He was one of the first people who read it cover to cover, and he loved it. He was beaming with pride when I got a literary agent (not an easy thing to do!), and when Audrey Niffenegger agreed to write my cover blurb for me (!). He was there when we started getting feedback from editors and then: rejections. Audrey even brought my novel to her editor for me, and personally asked them to publish it.

I was so-so-so close: but no.  Read the Rest »

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April

12

2013

“Hold On, I Have To Breathe”

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“Hold on, I have to breathe.”

My friend Tom has cancer.  Read the Rest »

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March

29

2013

I’m Featured on Blogher!

Easter, Syndicated on Blogher

My post about my little sister has been syndicated on Blogher!  Read the Rest »

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March

28

2013

I Came Out Of The Closet Too, Sort Of

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Yesterday I was on Facebook while listening to NPR’s live coverage of the gay rights rally at the Supreme Court building here in Washington, D.C. I’m sure you know this but just in case you were in a coma, this week the Supreme Court hears two historic cases on gay rights: Prop 8, and the Defense of Marriage Act. This is our decade’s civil rights movement. The world is watching, our children are watching, too.

Although you might have figured out already that a.) I’m straight, and b.) I’m a mommy blogger, what you may not know about me is that I am a lifelong gay rights advocate.  Read the Rest »

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March

22

2013

My Little Sister: The Death of a Child From MLD

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My little sister, Gail, died of MLD (infantile-onset metachromatic leukodystrophy) when she was two.  Read the Rest »

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March

20

2013

The Steubenville Rape Case: Where The Hell Are The Parents?

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Like the rest of the country, I’ve been following the Steubenville rape case, disgusted. Today I saw this headline: Steubenville Rapist to Appeal Because “His Brain Wasn’t Fully Developed Yet.” Seriously? It reminds me of the absurdity of the Twinkie defense in the Harvey Milk case back in the 70s. The brain doesn’t fully mature until age 26. Does this mean we can all commit crimes unimpeded up until we’re 26?

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2013

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March

16

2013

Mommy Had a Tantrum

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This is another update on how the New Rules thing at our house is going down (and I do mean down, as into the abyss). It isn’t going well.

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March

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2013

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OK, ohmyGod: they’ve started an Occupy Movement in Fiona’s room.

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March

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2013

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Two days ago, I “crossed a Mommy line.”

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