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Candy Schulman
Candy Schulman's essays have been published in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Parents, Brain Child, McSweeney's, Salon, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at The New School. You can follow her on Twitter @CandySchulman.

Entries by Candy Schulman


(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 6:41 AM

We merge our families into one rented house every August, and then drive off in different directions two weeks later. For over twenty years we've been spending our vacation with Bill and Mary. We all know Bill will pack food processor, fresh basil and tomatoes from his garden, and more...

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Happy Birthday, Boogie Boarding Mom

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 10:12 AM

I waited until the day before my 50th birthday to go boogie boarding. My plunge into extreme sports was my thirteen-year-old daughter's fault. She'd abandoned her boogie board to play beach volleyball, and I was losing interest in my book on this lovely beach. Suddenly I had an epiphany: I'd...

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The Little-Known Aging Illness That Needs More Awareness

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 4:35 PM

When the legendary radio personality Casey Kasem died, his obituary said he'd suffered from Lewy Body disease. "Lewy-what?" most people wondered. But I knew first-hand, watching my mother decline from this little-known, but most common, type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's.

"It walks like Parkinson's and...

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My Mother's Facelift

(7) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 12:21 PM

While everyone was laughing at or tweeting how alarming Kim Novak and Goldie Hawn looked with their faces full of Botox, I could only think of a woman who never stood on the Academy Awards stage: my mother.

She had her first facelift when I was in...

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Learning to Hold Hands Again

(39) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 7:13 AM

We'd turned into one of those forever-married couples, the ones we'd mocked in restaurants. Sipping decaf, sharing the same table but not talking to each other. Not angry or anything... just nothing left to say.

A businessman by day, on weekends an avid photographer, my husband of 38 years is...

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Sweetie's Empty Nest

(3) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 9:12 AM

After her college acceptance, my daughter developed a case of incurable senioritis. Instead of spending all weekend in PJs studying for AP classes and SAT's, she goes out with friends to parties, even coming home after midnight on a school night.

"It's awfully late," I protest.

"Mom." Those rolling eyes,...

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