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Observations of the College Tour II

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Two years ago, I took two of our three sons, Jack and Ray, on a college tour. (See Observations on the College Tour, Huffington Post, 2/28/11). When Ray's high school junior year winter break arrived last month, he and I headed west, then south from New York City....

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A Shocking Conclusion!

(21) Comments | Posted May 7, 2011 | 3:58 PM

I have a bit of a secret. No, I never switched a paternity test, snatched a baby with a birth mark I later concealed, or slept with the husband of a close friend or relative.

My bit of a secret is this: I am a married, well educated professional and...

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Observations on the College Tour

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2011 | 11:49 PM

It's been break week at school -- that time for high school juniors to come for the obligatory college tours. So last week I collected my high school sons, a junior and a freshman, and drove to upstate New York for four days.

We left in 60 degree weather...

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A Musical Interpretation of Same Sex Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2010 | 9:16 AM

For many at this time, the issue of marriage equality is fraught with strife because it has fallen into a cultural cauldron of confusion that has spun out of control. We see images on the nightly news of triumphant same sex couples embracing at court houses, then raging anti-gay protesters...

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My New Solo Act

(6) Comments | Posted March 6, 2010 | 5:30 PM

It has been one week since my husband left me, not for another woman, but for a job. After being unemployed for more than a year, he had no choice but to commute weekly to a consulting job 5 hours away. I've run all kinds of marathons in my life,...

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The Stuy Town Decision: A Good Reality Check for New York

(3) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 1:21 PM

No matter what side of the aisle you are on -- landlord or tenant -- the Roberts decision is good for New York. In it, New York's highest court ruled that tenants in buildings receiving a "J-51" tax abatement cannot be subject to eviction when their rents go over...

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A Mother Plays Monday Morning Quarterback

(5) Comments | Posted October 14, 2009 | 9:06 AM

Last week, my ten-year-old son, Mikey, suffered a concussion in third game of his first season of tackle football. I'm in a quandary: do I end tackle football now and forever, or let him play? Should he at least finish this season with his team, then fade out, or am...

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Good Grieving

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2009 | 2:19 PM

My 85-year-old mother died of cancer in June. She was a great mother and I was always close to her. So were my six brothers and sisters.

A realization came over me as she died: despite working hard to be the most special of her children, in the end, I...

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How To Survive The Recession

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2009 | 10:18 AM

New Yorkers have a knack for quickly shifting gears to make the best of a challenging situation. On any given day, the subway isn't running when you're late to work, or your favorite take-out restaurant ran out of swordfish, or a plane just landed in the Hudson and traffic is...

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In Celebration Of Anne Frank And All Writers

(6) Comments | Posted June 2, 2009 | 2:40 PM

Anne Frank would be 80 years old on June 12, 2009. To honor the milestone, I re-read her diary and it is as painful a read as ever. It is also funny, descriptive, mundane, deep, silly, bubbly, and filled with all the musings of a normal teenage girl. She loved...

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Wearing of the Green

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2009 | 10:56 AM

Today is St. Patrick's Day and if you are Irish, or related to anyone Irish, or work with someone Irish, you have probably been ordered to wear green today, regardless of your ethnicity.

Green is a tough color to wear, making today one of the most fashion challenging days of...

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Great Clothes Come to Washington!

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2009 | 5:00 PM

From Election Night to Inauguration Day, I was very nervous to see whether Michelle Obama would move to the proverbial "center," like her husband, and start dressing like Laura Bush and Jill Biden. The moment I saw the mustard-yellow brocade lace suit with the green gloves, however, I rejoiced: She...

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Fixing Up Famous People

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2008 | 10:25 AM

I was staring at the "biography" shelf in my home library when I realized: two people from these books went out on a date. They are Steve Martin (Born Standing Up) and Maureen McCormick (Here's the Story Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice). It shocked me that Steve...

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About That Dress...

(6) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 4:45 PM

Like everyone I know, Election night was one of the most amazing, gratifying and joyous nights of my life... I sat glued to the couch until I saw CNN's projection: "President Elect Barack Obama" on TV. I burst into tears! I jumped up and down! I talked to friends...

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The Unforgettable Trends of Forgotten Fashion

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 3:33 PM

I was so excited to write a review of the new humorous book, Forgotten Fashion, by Kate Hahn, that I skipped over the second part of the title: "An Illustrated faux History of Outrageous Trends and Their Untimely Demise". Yes, the tales are made up, and no, I didn't know...

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How To Dress Like A Lawyer (Or Not)

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2008 | 7:00 AM

Now that Season Five of my favorite show, Project Runway, is on the air, I have returned with renewed vigor to my purpose-driven life: that all of us lawyers dress well, and get happy about it!

Unlike TV shows, in real life, most lawyers do not dress well. I...

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My Birthday Suit

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2008 | 12:51 PM

I was determined to have fun on my 50th birthday with a non-stop dance party, but also felt obligated, in the planning, to tell the story of my life with some tangible thing. I considered the usual memorabilia like a video montage or an imprint of a grade school...

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