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Bonni Brodnick
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Bonni Brodnick is a freelance writer whose musings on life and family (and sometimes her cat) can be found at Bonni Brodnick Blog. She is author of POUND RIDGE PAST: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk and founder of the weekly newspaper column, "Talk of the Town," for the Bedford/Pound Ridge (N.Y.) Record-Review. She has written for Glamour and House & Garden magazines, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner Sunday magazine, Bedford Magazine, Greenwich Magazine and Children's Television Workshop. A former member of Writers Guild of America, East, Brodnick was also Director of Communications at a prep school in Connecticut and editor-in-chief of the school magazine.

She has appeared on TV (ABC-TV "Good Morning America," WNBC-TV "Live at Five" and WCVB-TV [an ABC affiliate] "Good Morning Boston") and radio to comment on the topics of parenting and marriage.

Brodnick, who lives in Connecticut with her husband, Andrew, has two lovely 20-somethings, all of whom provide a fount of inspiration.

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National No Bra Day: Celebrate Without Restraint

(10) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:37 AM

When I attended Girl Scout camp as a rising fifth grader, I was flat as a board. I overheard one of my tent mates say, "She's a carpenter's dream."

I had no idea what she was talking about. All I could think of was wood and nails. "I don't...

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Concert Etiquette: Get With the Program

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 8:42 PM

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The Spanish Courtyard at Caramoor, Katonah, New York (credit: Gabe Palacio)

I'd rather hear music than the person in front of me whispering. This is what I was thinking at my last concert when, plain and simply, they wouldn't shut up.

Has etiquette...

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Listen To Your Mom: 15 Helpful Tips For My Kids

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 7:04 AM

I've learned a few life lessons along the way. Signal when making a turn. Secure the lid on the blender before turning the dial to purée. Don't put your iPhone in your back pocket. Never eat an Oreo before a dental appointment.

After my last kitchen kerfuffle...

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When a Couple Goes (Selectively) Hard of Hearing

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 2:01 PM

I just had my hearing checked at the request of my beloved. Why?

"You never answer when I ask you to do something," he said. "I think there's something wrong with your hearing."

Not to mention the fact that he mumbles. His sentences, especially when we are dining alone, run...

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How Sharing Pringles Saved My Flight to Hawaii

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 1:46 PM

When flying, I always opt for window seats. The heavenly view is a savior if I get snagged into a boring conversation. Sky-side seats also avoid having to endure passengers bumping into me as they walk the aisle.

On a recent trip to Hawaii, during the first six-hour leg...

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February: Let's Have Some Crazy Fun!

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 2:18 PM

There are a lot of reasons why I look forward to February. For one thing, my birthday is on the 3rd, but February is also the shortest month of the year. For those who love warm weather, that means summer is getting closer. For those who love winter, February means...

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Bonding With a Box Store

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 3:49 PM

While driving the back roads of Connecticut recently, I noticed my car was hydroplaning on muddy surfaces. This indicated a few things. Either:

1. I'm a lousy driver
2. Mud is the new ice
3. I'm driving too fast
4. I need new tires.

Bingo. Serve it...

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10 Thanksgiving Tips for Turkey Day: Keep it Real

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:00 PM

It's almost turkey time. Conversations abound with, how many guests are you having for dinner? What sides are you serving, and are you brining/marinating/smoking/deep-frying/steaming/grilling/rotisserie-spinning your turkey? (Speaking of which, in last year's Thanksgiving blog, "Thanksgiving Turkey: Let's Get Fresh", we talked about calculating cooking time and how to...

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Hurricane Sandy In Pound Ridge, N.Y.: A Look Back One Year Later

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 10:07 AM

One year ago today -- October 29, 2012 -- Hurricane Sandy began its blustery tour through Pound Ridge, New York and its sweeping devastation of the eastern seaboard.

While the storm built momentum so, too, did the humanity in Pound Ridge, a small town often referred to as "God's Country."...

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Empty Nest, New Beginnings

(15) Comments | Posted September 1, 2013 | 6:21 AM

It was bad enough emptying the drawers of his antique bureau when he went off to college. In a fog of reminiscence I bagged his old Cub Scout necktie; a clip-on bow tie; a handful of yellow BBs for his air gun; several single socks; a beanie from Africa; never-used...

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Town Swimming Pools: A Suburban Paradise

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 1:09 PM

From an aerial view, swimming pools are turquoise jewels amidst neighborhood landscapes. And whether the pools are in-ground, above-ground, on the roof, in the basement or at the country club, these welcoming aquatic basins have been attracting swimmers for thousands of years.

Pool lore across the country abounds. In the...

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How to Change a Conversation With One Simple Word

(6) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 1:56 PM

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More than 20,000 days into my life and I've finally found the word to change the topic of conversation. Anyhoo, the humorous alteration of "anyhow," came to light in 1945-50. The three-syllable informal adverb, which can be uttered sotto voce or stated...

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Marriage Tips: How to Stay True to 'I Do'

(189) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 2:31 PM

Who's marrying whom, where and when is big news in June as couples across the country give the nuptial nod and promise, "I do." While "Pachelbel's Canon" racks up royalties, loving pairs walk down the aisle and pledge their allegiance to be faithful in good times and in bad, in...

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College Grads: Go Forth With Your Future (But First Clean Out the Refrigerator)

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 4:35 PM

For millions of undergrad and graduate students across the country, their day has come. Graduation weekend, with all the pomp and circumstance, has concluded. This blogger, too, felt great pride as she watched her daughter, wearing a black gown and mortarboard, stroll into a stadium of thousands for a landmark...

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From 'Mommy' to 'Mother' -- A Treasured Transformation

(6) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 4:44 PM

Several years ago, I got caught up in a trend and threw a "Paint Your Own Pottery" party for one of my children. As the group dove into their creations, I decided to join in. I grabbed a clay plate, layered on some paint with brushes and sponges, and in...

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Confessions of a Hopeless Night Owl

(23) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 7:18 PM

At a recent luncheon, an interior designer sitting next to me mentioned that she likes working late at night.

"Clients think I'm crazy if I send a proposal or contract at two o'clock in the morning," she said.

I had met a kindred spirit. I, too, have been admonished...

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Lessons Learned Last Weekend From My Mom

(8) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 5:27 PM

Who better to spend the weekend with than my 82-year-old mother and hip sister? We had initial plans to sleep at my mom's, go out for lunch, go out for dinner and after breakfast in the morning, leave for New York City and go to an art museum.

This is...

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Popcorn Can Make You Insane

(9) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 1:42 PM

As we get closer to the Academy Awards, I, like millions, am cramming to see every movie so that I can vote astutely and impress my husband on Oscar night.

"Les Misérables" was first flick on my must-see list.

I took my seat in the theater, looking forward...

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Squirrel Appreciation Day: Don't Miss Celebrating!

(59) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 5:53 PM

Just when you thought we had some down time between New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day, here's something worth putting on your Google calendar: on Monday, January 21, it's Squirrel Appreciation Day. I'm thankful for many things and my list runneth over, but I've never thought squirrels could be counted...

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Home For The Holidays: Children Back In The Nest

(11) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 5:00 AM

It was 12:30 on Friday night when the telephone rang. Panic jolted my heart as I picked up the phone. Who calls this late?

"Hi, Mom," my college-age daughter said.

"Are you okay?" I asked.

Laughter ensued. (On her end of the line. Not mine.)

"Everything is...

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