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Ice cream memories
July 24, 2016
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Ice cream memories

Every time I hear the bells of the ice cream truck, I smell fish. It’s a primal response really, and it’s not a bad smell, like rotting fish in the sand dunes melting in the summer sun. More like a ‘we’re getting a babysitter and going out; fishsticks for dinner’ smell of my very early […]

When is too old for stuffed animals?
July 22, 2016
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When is too old for stuffed animals?

He used to be a soft, velvety pink. He used to have two eyes. Button eyes made of sapphire glass; shiny satin ears that stood up straight and bent into different shapes, because 50 years ago, wire in children’s toys and button eyes weren’t a choking hazard. Bubby, my own 50 year-old stuffed bunny now faded to a […]

Why women should never defy aging

Why women should never defy aging

Can you even believe it? I sold out the house. Or the Villa, to be exact, for any Newtowners or Hookers reading this. But still. Working Women’s Forum SOLD OUT. So this was a big deal. A huge deal. Imagine if you were invited to speak at an event, and no one came. Or perhaps, just maybe, […]

What to do now to change future of gun violence
June 19, 2016
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What to do now to change future of gun violence

What can you do to help change the world? (I have video of yours truly demonstrating what to do and how to do it below.) Read on: In the venn diagram of Kate, the outrage of people outside my Newtown bubble is amazing, with people calling Congress, sending emails, posting, and tweeting. Non-newtowners, non-GVPers. Regular […]

A newbie attempts stand-up comedy
April 27, 2016
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A newbie attempts stand-up comedy

Remember the one about the writer who went to a writing conference and attempted stand-up comedy for the first and most likely only time? That would be me at the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, in the humor writing capital of the world, Dayton, Ohio. I was hand-selected (out of a hat, randomly) and only continued onto […]

Did you change your name?

Did you change your name?

The envelope was smooth and creamy, it felt expensive. Rich and luxurious paper, announcing right away, even before the careful calligraphy announced wedding with all its curlicues and fanciful penmanship. It is a joy to be invited to this celebration of love, what with an open bar and dancing, especially when most of my friends are getting divorced. […]

Bathroom stall to center stage: a writer finds her groove
April 17, 2016
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Bathroom stall to center stage: a writer finds her groove

Four kids, three houses, eight cars, and three colleges ago, I was a waitress at Denny’s. Many a Grand Slam breakfasts and chicken fried steak paid for community college. Whenever a posse of older women came, the wait staff would immediately hide in the kitchen, no one wanting that table. Chimes of “not me, not […]

Why it’s good to read the comments
March 25, 2016
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Why it’s good to read the comments

I read the comments on my essay about a gift my mother-in-law gave me over 20 years ago. I read all of them. It was proudly printed in Cosmo, then reprinted in Redbook, Good Housekeeping and Women’s Day. If you didn’t see it, you can read it here. Yes, I’m still talking about it. It […]

Where to find funny essays and pissed off commentary
March 18, 2016
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Where to find funny essays and pissed off commentary

ICYMI (in case you missed it): I’ve been submitting my work, otherwise known as throwing spaghetti, and the last couple weeks have been good for sticking: My kids have been soccer referees, basketball refs, and lax refs. Usually, most youth referees are somebody’s kids. Despite this pic, they’re not that tough. But that doesn’t stop parents from behaving badly. […]

Beauty in eye of beholder: an old story finds new life

Beauty in eye of beholder: an old story finds new life

I read a piece about an embarrassing gift I received many, MANY years ago that was so frickin’ funny, or so I thought in my warped little mind. People loved it when I read at the Newtown Arts Festival – they laughed out loud – so I took it on the road, and read it again at […]

Trying on shorts in the Target dressing room

Trying on shorts in the Target dressing room

Not quite sure when this happened, but somehow I got too old for shorts. Come to think of it, I haven’t noticed anyone in my friend circle who wears shorts and is not a personal trainer. Or yoga teacher. Cute dresses, skirts, skorts, tennis skirts – that’s a biggie, but apparently I’m the last mom […]

Calling all Stand-up Comics and Wannabees
February 28, 2016
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Calling all Stand-up Comics and Wannabees

Hello, Stand-Up Performers! Could you please send me a sentence or two about yourself that Wendy Liebman can use when she introduces you? It was a simple enough email, but left me staring at a blank screen for far too long. It was for me, and I don’t do stand up; I barely do sit […]

Forcing an Early Spring with Forsythia
February 11, 2016
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Forcing an Early Spring with Forsythia

I interrupt the winter that never was to continue a family tradition of forcing spring to bloom. I hate this non-winter weather. I want my seasons seasonal: the winters cold and snowy; spring muddy and breezy; summer hot and muggy; fall crisp and brisk. That’s how it is supposed to be; this is why we live here. It is unsettling when […]

Sexting American Style: Flirty or Felony?
January 28, 2016
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Sexting American Style: Flirty or Felony?

There is not a school community untouched: kids not old enough to see Rated R movies or drive a car are sexting: taking videos and pics of their parts and sharing with one, or some. Then some more. Kids think they are flirting. Or sexy. Or competitive. Or hot. Or cool. Schools and police deem it criminal. Immune/oblivious […]

Midlife Mom Begs College for Do-Over

Midlife Mom Begs College for Do-Over

Dear Admissions of Elite Liberal Arts College that Promises to Teach Me to Think, Creatively Problem Solve, and Never Take No for an Answer: Let’s just come out and say it: I’m an atypical applicant to your fine, über expensive ivy covered institution, but I am so unique, so very dashing and different, so unbelievably […]

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