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Christine Egan
Christine Egan has contributed travel and lifestyle articles to The New York Times, Real Simple, Glamour, Town & Country, Brides, Time Out New York Kids,, and USA Today, among other publications.

Entries by Christine Egan

The Preschool Application of Your Dreams (and Nightmares)

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 7:55 AM

Pipe Dreams Preschool "Don't Get Your Hopes Up" Application for Enrollment

Child's Name:*
*Please note that for the 2014-15 school year, our goal is to create an educational environment where students' first names recall a popular act on the vaudeville circuit. Examples: Velma, Gus, Daphne, Cosmo, Millicent,...

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My (Real) Résumé

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 10:26 AM

To not have you hire someone 15 years younger for a lot less money.

Usually too much. Otherwise not quite enough.

Responsibilities Include: Pretending not to mind that my boss is 29. Doing work above my pay grade without credit....

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Guest Post: The Lithium Chronicles

(11) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 3:00 PM

Guest post by Ross McKenzie


The Lithium Chronicles is a Blisstree series focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder. Ross McKenzie was diagnosed as bipolar at the age of 21. After 15 years of daily lithium doses, he went off...

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I Was an Ambien Junkie and Didn't Know It

(7) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 5:56 PM

I didn't mean to become a junkie. It just kind of happened. My addiction to the prescription drug Ambien occurred back in 2001. There I was, in my late 20s, happily traveling to a lot of cool domestic and international locations thanks to my job as an editor at a...

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Marriage: In Defense of Separate Bedrooms

(108) Comments | Posted January 22, 2011 | 10:01 AM

My husband has a dream: separate bedrooms. It's a dream he's had for a while. It's a simple dream, yet one that can create serious complications in a marriage. And two single beds in the same room (a la Lucy and Ricky) won't do. In his dreamland, my husband requires...

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Why You Should Never Make New Year's Resolutions

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 1:34 AM

Are you sick and tired of people writing and preaching about new year's resolutions yet? New year's resolutions are tough. They're supposed to help us, make us feel better, and put us on the right track to self-help and self-improvement. Not to be a buzzkill, but really they're just a...

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An Open Letter to Aldi Rizal, the Pudgy Indonesian Toddler Who Finally Kicked His Smoking Addiction

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 12:22 PM

Dear Mr. Rizal:

Congratulations on your recent successful attempt to quit smoking! As you well know, it's a very difficult habit to kick, especially for someone who can barely walk or talk. Kudos to your mother, who staged somewhat of an intervention with you, and helped make it possible for...

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When Your Laptop Becomes the Third Wheel

(27) Comments | Posted November 13, 2010 | 11:35 AM

My husband is an excellent home cook, so we happily eat many quiet dinners in our house: chicken, white bean and escarole soup; linguine with clams and a busy salad; lemongrass chicken and vegetables over rice; whitefish baked with tomatoes and olives; etc. Just the two of us. Afterward, we...

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An Open Letter to Irrational Humans From Frustrated Bedbugs

(4) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 12:45 PM


Dear paranoid, irrational, germophobic humans:

We understand from recent media reports that some of you have become infatuated -- dare we say, obsessed -- with us lately. We can't blame you, but this madness really has to stop.

We live together, and yet we...

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Overrated: Following Your Dreams

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 11:59 AM


You can do anything you put your mind to!

If anyone tells you that, they're either lying or stupid, or both.

Sure, the idea sounds nice in theory. But in practice it's extremely dangerous.

I'm speaking strictly career-wise. Hobbies do not apply. I...

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In Defense of Drinking Alone

(24) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 1:53 PM

A pint of Vanilla Swiss Almond. Three episodes each of "30 Rock," "Lost," "Project Runway," "Top Chef," "Grey's Anatomy" on DVR. Pie for breakfast. Pancakes for dinner. All are respectable-enough guilty pleasures, but compared to mixing yourself a stiff cocktail on a any given weeknight, they lack a certain, well,...

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Soulmates: A Love-Hate Relationship

(5) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 1:58 AM

I love my husband, but he is not my soulmate.
Not that anyone else is, either. I'm not looking around or anything. Why not? Because I don't believe soulmates exist.

I'm pretty sure this long-held belief makes me unromantic, but...

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