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Lee Woodruff

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An Honorable Memorial to the Fallen

(12) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 10:51 AM

On Memorial Day, we'll remember those who died in service to our country. What can you say? Theirs was the ultimate sacrifice. Their families will never be the same.

But this year, my thoughts are also with our injured service members and their families -- the folks who carry the...

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Living His Art

(4) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 8:08 AM

The first time I met acclaimed artisan Barney Bellinger, he was walking in my sister's house with a school kid's grin and a big basket of mushrooms.

"I just found these oysters on the tree behind your shed," he said casually. "There are tons of them. How about if I...

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Fever Blisters And Ex Boyfriends

(12) Comments | Posted February 23, 2013 | 6:24 AM

Picture this: I'm about to see my college boyfriend for the first time in 15 years. I'm flying into his town for a book talk and will be staying at his house. That's right. With his wife and kids. He's picking me up at the airport now and we're triangulating...

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Call Me, Maybe?

(42) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 6:17 AM

I hate the phone. Let me just put that right out there. Oh sure, I call my sisters and girlfriends to chat, usually when I'm driving or cruising the grocery store aisles. I like a good old catch-up convo as much as the next gal. But when expediency is called...

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Christmas Past and Future

(5) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 10:24 AM

I'm one of those people who never reads a book twice or doesn't like to see a movie again. But twenty years into my marriage, I broke my rule to re-read Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.

The book had originally been a bridal shower gift from a friend...

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My So-Called Glamorous Life

(27) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 11:51 AM

Every week I toggle between two worlds. There's the "suburban mom" in sweats and the Manhattan me in heels, however, I should mention, they're often stuffed in my backpack as I hoof around the city. Although I live outside of New York, my work and part of my social life...

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The Last Summer

(13) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 9:19 AM

My father's face brightened as the yellow whaler pulled up to the dock with my 14-year-old nephew at the helm. "That...was... my... boat," he choked out a full sentence as the mental connections attached and sputtered, like wires in a flashlight, illuminating the memory.

It was the boat my...

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The Dodgeball Test

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 2:12 PM

It all started with my nephew at a family dinner. We were grilling him about a kid his age, someone we vaguely knew. "He's an OK guy," offered Collin, chewing his burger. "But he cheats at dodgeball."

Instantly, we all got it. From that moment on, how you played dodgeball...

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The Berry Patch

(6) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 10:26 AM

The local berry farm closed a few years ago. That was a sad day for me. The farmer's kids didn't have the desire to keep up the family land that had for so long produced juicy strawberries in late June and then perfectly honeycombed raspberries (purple and red) right on...

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Hand Over Heart

(98) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 8:07 AM

Several thousand of us thundered to our feet for the national anthem at a recent college graduation. Predictably, these types of events are choked with the emotion of life's passages. I had been observing parents on the bleachers hugging family members and wincing back tears. The graduates on the field,...

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Nora Ephron 'Owned Every Playing Field She Chose To Compete In'

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 7:37 PM

Nora Ephron was my writing idol -- immensely talented, a storyteller of all of our stories, wry, humorous self-deprecating. She was brilliant -- a glass ceiling shatterer, she was one of the boys in a way that didn't alienate the girls in the room. She was Erma Bombeck in the...

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My Daughter's Startling Response To A Spa Invitation

(164) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 9:50 AM

I've been a little slumpy lately. Nothing major, just kind of in a middle-o'-life blah. I can't seem to get motivated to work out the way I used to, the get up and go is less "go" and more "harder to get up." I eat healthy for a while and...

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Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

(37) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 5:49 AM

Writing a book is a major achievement. Ask anyone who has ever kissed their manuscript as they mailed it to their editor, or fist pumped right before they pressed "send."

But the writing is just the beginning. With the traditional publishing industry undergoing liposuction in every way,...

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Too Old To Be A Mom?

(425) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 8:37 AM

Just this morning, I did the thing experienced mothers aren't supposed to do. I lost it on my daughter. She's 11 and I'm 52. That makes me the adult. In fact, last year I was the oldest living mother in elementary school. I should be a total ball of zen-nicity....

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Advice To My Daughters: Keep An Oar In The Water

(798) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 10:14 AM

My own mother's words loomed large before I got pregnant: "Do the things you want to do before you get married and have babies." And it was great advice. By the time I gave birth to our first child, I had climbed the ladder in the marketing world, traveled and...

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Love And Food: 'Joy Of Cooking' And Relationship Dynamics

(11) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 10:51 AM

Recipes are the currency by which generations of women define and distinguish themselves from other families. These sometimes-secret formulas, handed down from mother to daughter, are inscriptions of endearment, the personal stamp encrypted in each dish like DNA. For my husband's family, it's the rutabaga recipe at Thanksgiving and the...

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Late Blooming: The Timeline For Second Acts Isn't Finite

(37) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 7:14 AM

I did it. Ta-daa! My first novel, "Those We Love Most" will be out September 11, 2012. It's my wedding anniversary, among other important milestones.

And as I put the edited manuscript in a big padded envelope and filled out the UPS label (too scary to trust to regular...

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Dementia: Caring For Parents With Alzheimer's And Coping With Grief

(499) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 6:40 AM

When our dog Tucker died, hit by a car in front of my eyes, I was struck in the days that followed by the way grief, relief and guilt could co-exist in such a cozy fashion. I cried my eyes out as I carried his broken body back to the...

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Email Bankruptcy: Deleting Emails and Turning to What Is Important

(49) Comments | Posted January 14, 2012 | 7:57 AM

Help me. I'm drowning. Drowning in emails. Each day a new tsunami of sometimes meaningful, mostly useless, trivial, occasionally important and often spammy correspondence washes ashore on my laptop like ocean detritus, and it's my job to pick through it. My friends are even hawking Viagra, although some claim their...

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Keeping Up With The Kardashians?

(23) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 7:56 AM

The Santas, the wreaths, the Bing Crosby songs, the season of goodness and giving naturally causes one to wonder... What are the Kardashians doing for Christmas? As the holidays barrel forward, that pesky family is like a polyp-filled colon, popping up on magazine covers, on the morning shows and entertainment...

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