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Male vs. Female Navigation  It’s fair to say that I don’t look for trouble, but it inevitably seems to find me.  Perhaps I am subconsciously seeking it, but I am like the proverbial canary in the coal mine.  Several years ago, my husband and I embarked...

Fiction: Short Story “Hold on…okay…I hear you now…Soooo what’s going on?” This is how Lauren’s weekly check-in with her best friend Marcie began. When Marcie and her husband moved to Westchester, Lauren missed Marcie terribly. Sure, she had friends from the Kiwanis and the kids’ school, PTA, and...

Coming of Age in Literature and Life The beautiful, doomed Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet ended up drowning, not even caring enough about herself to flail about. Her own gown became heavy and water-logged as she listlessly let the water suck her down into oblivion. Queen Gertrude...

Thinking about the intersection of time, money, and happiness Photo by Mohamed Ajufaan on Unsplash Is there such a thing as having too much free time? Who’s got free time and who doesn’t? Some people are lucky enough to be able to contemplate this from their homes as they shelter...

What we did when we were too sad to do anything When tragedy strikes, it seems like everyone has well-meaning advice for how to make a comeback.  No matter what, friends and family have a remedy that they want you to try.  Ten years ago, the...

  10 Simple, Painless Ways to Keep Kids Learning What can parents do to bridge the summer gap that threatens to become a chasm due to Covid-19 remote learning? As the mother of three sons, a former high school teacher, and a passionate advocate for good schools, I...

I am moving  to another planet just as soon as a habitable one is discovered. I suspect that I will be a little older than I am now, so when the self-driving space module comes by, I will have to be ready.  It will be...

Richard Yates's unflinching look at how a young man becomes a loser I'm  retired from teaching high school English, but I'm not retired from reading. In fact, I have discovered a whole new reading life.  Sometimes I have a few pangs of guilt. After all, my former...

What if smokin' meant more than just being hot? At what age is someone smokin’? This slang term means all of the following: hot, physically attractive, excellent, sexy. Terms like this aren’t really offensive, or really innocuous either. They are suspended somewhere between the lewdness of...

Consciousness and Awakening in Dr.  Deepak Chopra's, Metahuman  If you enjoy the occasional indulgence in a self-help book, you may be in for  more than you expected in Dr. Chopra's Metahuman, Unleashing Your Infinite Potential.   This is not a quick read like other self-help-genre books like...