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Emily Franklin

Entries by Emily Franklin

Observations From the Stands -- Sports Parenting From One Mother's Point of View

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 2:36 PM

The score is 53-11, and my oldest son is playing on the Brown team, losing to Red. His team of 12 and 13-year-olds are still putting all efforts into the game, playing hard. But this isn't what I'm admiring from the stands. What makes me grin? That they are having...

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Brown Sugar Sorghum Muffins & Yoga Nonsense

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 5:39 PM


So, I'm a semi-recent yoga convert.

And while I am grateful for the practice and enjoy my flexibility, I have some issues. Do I appreciate my toned back and newfound tolerance for way elevated heart rate meets 92 degree heat? Yes.

Stretching, working hard,...

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Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread & Parenting Pre-Teens

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 5:02 PM

My bedroom door swings open.

"Jamie, please knock next time," my husband tells our 12 1/2 year old.

A shrug. "So, you want to know something weird?"

This is one of Jamie's lead-ins. He appears most nights, often remembering to knock, after the other kids are asleep. Sometimes he has...

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Pumpkin Pudding & Falling in Love

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 1:30 PM

I might be falling in love. Never met the person, never will. And yet. The mix tapes! I was always a sucker for a great mix and my basement can prove it - boxes of cassettes titled "Driving Mix '92" or "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" or the...

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Rosh Hashanah Recipes and Finding Faith

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 4:09 PM

This morning, Will, 4, asks for paper so he can make a book about "Evan the Horse." He knows no one named Evan nor do we have a horse. The paper comes from my office and the book involves wobbly letters written in...

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Unplugged Summer or Plugged (I Disagree With the NYT)

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 6:40 PM

Ok, so the NYT isn't wrong. I just disagree with this article in which the author describes his terrific "plugged-in summer."

Now, don't for a second start to think I'm going to rant about parents at the playground who are texting or reading blogs (ahem) instead of interacting...

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Southern Maple-Polenta Biscuits & Proportional Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 1:47 PM


When I go to Mexico to visit my old friend, Cristina, I like to help her milk goats, eat the cheese she makes from those goats, and wander into the market to buy hand-made blue gorditas and cactus for salad. But what I really...

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Frozen Banana Pops & My Slutty Past

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 3:35 PM

I used to get around a little. One time here, another there. Always the dream of what the next guy could do, how he could fulfill my desires.


No, not that way! I was... a hair slut. My friend, Jen, was a jean whore....

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Blueberry Crumb Cake & First Love(s)

(6) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 10:50 PM

My 12-year-old holds a heart in his hands.

"Do you like the blue?" he asks. We're in Venice, a place known for glass beads and tiny fragile animals. I nod. Jamie has always associated me with blue as he knows it's my favorite color.

"Who is the necklace for?"...

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Communal Bowl of Noodles & Cures for Boredom

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 12:36 PM


I've said it before but I'll say it again: mess is fine by me. I like a tidy house but I also know that one of the keys to relaxed fun is letting go. In light of that, I set up a...

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How Yoga Found Me

(6) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 4:28 PM

Everyone talks about yoga the way they talk about sex when they finally get good at it, or the way a few friends from [insert high school, college, grad school, work, summer] talk about [insert pot, shrooms, Levain chocolate chip cookies, God, Clapton, David Foster Wallace, Princeton]. I tried yoga...

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To Sir(loin) With Love

(6) Comments | Posted June 19, 2011 | 9:00 AM

Father's Day starts early this year with six-year-old Daniel deciding to serve breakfast in bed to his dad. Sounds idyllic and yet looks a bit quirky as Daniel shows up with a tray of cereal he's poured himself, an apple cut in half ("I couldn't really do even slices"), the...

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