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In Her Closet

(205) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 3:55 PM

Last week, I prepared to enter my mother's walk-in closet. Over the past several months, I've been going to her house -- my childhood home -- a couple of times a week, sifting through piles of papers, plastic containers and desk drawers. Discarding trivial things, such as my school bus...

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Wine and Serenity on Superbowl Sunday?

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 5:33 PM

I don't know about you, but my Sundays (and some Saturdays) since September have been filled with football. I have a husband and a son who are fairly smitten with watching overgrown boys run around a field in any type of weather throwing and chasing a ball, and then falling...

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Thanksgiving With Family: Why I'm Not Inviting My Mother to Thanksgiving

(450) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 8:05 AM

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's everything cozy -- autumn's chunky sweaters, deep red wine and warm cider, hearty food, a roaring fire and most of all, close family and friends --jammed into one wonderful day.

I cook for days, mostly alone, and with little stress develop a fairly traditional...

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A Promise Between Friends

(79) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 10:53 AM

My childhood friend Ellen and I were 13 years old when we first concocted our let's-celebrate-our-friendship-every-ten-years scheme. At the time, it seemed as if a decade amounted to some magical, far-off date when we'd reunite after many years with no contact.

We were pre-pubescent teenagers then, swirling around the dance...

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Presidential Debate Drinking Games

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 10:02 AM

The economy. Equal pay for women. What color tie the President and Governor Romney are sporting. There's a lot to focus on during these televised presidential debates.

The sparring can get even more lively if you're adding alcohol into the mix in the form of debate drinking games, which...

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A Month With No Alcohol -- Six Days to Go

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 10:34 AM

Just over three years ago, I wrote a post on Drinking Diaries announcing that my husband and I were going to be alcohol-free on Mondays. It sounds like no big deal -- and it wasn't -- but it was the first time we had made a conscious decision...

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Airplanes and Alcohol

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 6:10 PM

On a recent flight that would last seven-and-a-half long hours, I thought hard about whether or not to have a glass of wine with lunch. I liked the idea that the wine could make me drowsy, easing me into a daytime nap, but also wanted to read my book and...

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The French and "Le Binge Drinking'

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 4:43 PM

During the summer after my sophomore year in college, I spent six weeks studying and living with a family in the French city of Avignon. Each night at dinner, the father of the family replenished my glass throughout the meal, pouring it from a big jug that he kept on...

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Taking a Break from Drinking (on Mondays)

(4) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 10:39 AM

I don't drink on Mondays. Sometimes I'd like to, but I've decided that for at least one day during the week, I need to rest my liver from the wine I drink with dinner each of the other six days. (Note: when on vacation, non-drinking Mondays need not apply.)


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Drinking in College May Lead to Hookah Smoking

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 2:37 PM

Decades before Miley Cyrus revealed to college-age women everywhere that the hookah, or water pipe, is the latest must-have accessory, I found one prominently placed in my childhood home. I was 15 and had just returned from a summer at sleepaway camp. In my absence, my parents had traveled to...

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My Daughter's Turn

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 10:44 AM

Last week, my 18-year-old daughter headed down South to Tennessee in a three-car caravan to attend the Bonnaroo music festival. It would be three days of music all day and throughout the night (she talked of one concert that began at 3 a.m.!), sleeping in a tent, eating...

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(5) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 1:24 PM

Why must nearly every marketing campaign aimed at women portray them as either stressed-out moms or wanting to lose weight? The latest evidence to hit the shelves is a growing number of female-focused wines and alcoholic beverages being sold at supermarkets and you guessed it, Target. Just in time for...

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Do You Drink When You're Angry?

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 10:20 AM

We all have all our moments/hours/days (years?) of feeling angry. Recently, I've made an effort to raise my irritation threshold, and have worked hard to not let a hard day or stressful event surrounding work, family, dogs, etc. be an excuse for pouring myself a glass of wine. Sometimes it...

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Who Has the Buying Power? Women, of course

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 5:20 PM

On a recent trip to South America, each night that my family sat down to dinner in a restaurant, the waiter immediately handed my husband the wine list. But honestly, we don't need to leave the country to experience the bias that immediately directs a waiter to the man at...

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Is There a Link Between Alcohol and Weight Loss?

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 9:50 AM

I will never forget when a friend of mine, then on Weight Watchers, told me she was counting wine as her fruit points. "You know," she said trying to justify her decision, "wine is made of grapes, so why not?"

In an effort to lose weight, dieters often lower their...

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If You Think a Glass of Wine Will Help You Sleep, Read This

(5) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 4:36 PM

Hot milk? Maybe. Glass of red wine? Don't think so...

As I get older, it simply gets harder to drink alcohol. The hangover headache, even after a couple of glasses of wine, is not something I can tolerate as well as I did in my college days. Skipping a class...

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Drinking And Driving, Mon Dieu! New French Law Requires Breathalyzers In All Cars

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 11:10 AM

I've spent many an afternoon driving through the countryside of France -- my mother's homeland -- in a small Peugeot rental car. Together, my mom and I have pulled over alongside a field of sunflowers or a stretch of sandy beach to lay out a picnic where we'd eat and...

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Alcohol Can Lead to Unsafe Sex

(3) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 9:45 AM

It will come as no surprise that drinking lots of alcohol can go hand-in-hand with bad decision making. But up until recently, scientists had yet to come up with a direct cause and effect relationship regarding alcohol and unprotected sex.

In the January issue of the journal Addiction, a new...

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Starbucks Moving from Coffee to Cabernet- - What Do You Think?

(6) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 3:30 PM

A couple of weeks ago, Starbucks -- with 10,700 U.S. stores -- announced that it will be serving wine and beer (and savory snacks) in a handful of locations in Atlanta and Southern California by the end of the year. These locations join plans for several coffee-cum-bar Starbucks...

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The High School Party Scene: Then & Now

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 5:27 PM

When I was a sophomore in high school, my brother -- then a high school senior -- planned a big party at our house. Not only did he have my parents' blessing, but they even went out to dinner while he was setting things up in our basement. It was...

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