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Karen Dukess

Entries by Karen Dukess

A Lesson From Russia: Teach Your Kids to Quit

(22) Comments | Posted October 6, 2012 | 12:52 PM

This week is the 20th anniversary of The Moscow Times, an independent, English-language newspaper published in Russia. As the founding features editor of this still-thriving newspaper, there are many things I could say about the significance of this occasion. But mostly, it makes me think about my sons, and how...

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September 11 and the Triumph of Hope

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 2:07 PM

My husband missed his train today. It was there when we drove into the station, but pulled away as he stepped out of the car. He didn't seem too bothered; another train would come in 12 minutes and he'd only be a few minutes late to his meeting.

Eleven years...

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Why I Love Helicopter Parents

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 12:38 PM

I love helicopter parents. I really do. Every time I read about a mother hiding behind the bushes with binoculars during her daughter's college orientation or pleading with a potential employer on behalf of her son, I become a better parent. I may not have a...

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Just Wait for It: An Ode to Snail Mail

(28) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 10:28 AM

When was the last time you got a letter in the mail? A real, hand-written letter, in an envelope that someone licked to seal and stuck a stamp on?

Other than occasional party invitations and thank-you notes, I rarely get real letters. Except for in summer, when my boys go...

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Are You Good At Hammocks?

(11) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 9:02 AM

When we lived in Russia many years ago, we rented some rooms in a dacha, an old wooden house in a village outside Moscow. We would spend weekends there, doing what you do at the dacha: helping our Russian landlords harvest their apples and berries, taking walks in the forest,...

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