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Lisa K. Friedman is a writer and essayist living in Washington, DC. Her essays appear in the New York Times and other publications. She is the author of Cruise to Retribution, and Nothing to Lose. You can follow her on her Tumblr, or on Twitter or Facebook. You can buy her books on Amazon here.

Entries by Lisa K. Friedman

Poison Ivy

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:19 PM

I was in the garden, conquering a year's worth of weeds when the thought crossed my mind: poison ivy. I should have stopped immediately and changed into appropriate poison ivy attire, like, for example, a full-body neoprene space suit. I'm highly allergic to poison ivy. I know this for a...

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Rookie Car Mistakes

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 7:28 AM

I was driving home from the grocery store when I smelled something funny. I thought maybe something was burning. The gauges on the dashboard were clear, the car was not overheating or malfunctioning. Still, there was a smell. Was it tar? I checked the rearview mirrors for construction vehicles. Nothing....

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The Serenity Room

(4) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 5:49 AM

The End-of-Life meeting at the nursing home was held in the Serenity Room at noon. We were summoned, my mother and I, by the team who have been caring for my father for five years in the dementia ward. We showed up late, my mother and I, arm in arm,...

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Sailing, Sailing

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 7:24 AM

As a spouse, it's important to remain open-minded when it comes to the ideas and suggestions posed by your partner. And so when my husband suggested we take a sailing course called 'Cruising,' I forced my face to assume a pleasant facade until he finished the pitch. "It'll be fun,"...

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Get Back To Work

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 7:48 AM

It's the Queen of Procrastination here, coming to you -- live - - from the kitchen table which, I just noticed, needs to be wiped.

I am trying to get back to work. After taking a few glorious weeks off in summer, I thought I was ready to return...

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The Paint Job

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 5:04 PM

"The workmen are here," my husband informed me at 7 this morning.

This was not happy news. I had no intention of fixing up the house. I'd hoped to move before anything else broke, disintegrated or collapsed. But one recent night, with no provocation whatsoever, water started dripping from...

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Canned Tomatoes And Other Obsessions

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 4:52 AM

The pantry in any house is a trove of psychological data. Not as private as a medicine cabinet, the food pantry in many kitchens reveals some surprisingly intimate information.

My pantry, which is just a closet inside the back door, offers a kaleidoscope view of fleeting obsessions -- most...

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Kayaks Away

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 7:22 AM

We bought a kayak for my birthday. I was bestowed with the honor of choosing our new toy. I listened to the salesman describe the many facets of kayak design: tracking, cargo capacity, skegs and rudders, maneuverability, stability. After much deliberation and consideration I chose by the only really important...

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Killer Tiller

(8) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 7:20 AM

My dog is a murderer. According to the veterinarian, he is still a puppy and his traits are just beginning to show through; I am worried for the future of our biosphere.

Tiller is a beagle mix of indeterminate breeding. He swims, howls, digs, tracks and retrieves. He jumps into...

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Scooter In The City

(7) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 7:09 AM

My grown son called to tell me he bought a scooter. He lives in the city and has a job that requires on site appointments in multiple locations throughout the work day. Traffic in the city is impenetrable. He explained that a scooter allowed him to navigate the...

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Who Isn't Afraid Of The Dentist?

(5) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 7:06 AM

Like most sane people, I'm terrified of the dentist. It's a reasonable fear. After all, dentists reach into your open mouth with pointed metal objects and jab around until you spit blood.

I've been afraid of the dentist since before I had teeth. My first dentist wrote the word...

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The Cycling Phenomenon

(17) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 4:38 AM

Seems you can't drive a mile on any main road without almost running over a guy in a unitard riding a bicycle. I don't have anything against this activity. In fact, I used to love biking. Of course, things were different then.

As a kid, I had a red...

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Google Glass: Now You See Me...

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 11:52 AM

I'm a little worried about the new high-tech fad in eyewear called Google Glass. Through a tiny live action video camera affixed to the frames of eyeglasses, Google Glass allows you to record and upload everything you see with the help of a voice command sound system that...

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A Minor Glitch

(5) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 11:51 AM

I was in the grocery store with a full cart when my second toe curved over the top of my big toe, as if to give it a hug. I rolled my foot, stomped it and leaned down to give it a massage but the spasm would not release. I...

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My Horticulture Habit

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 6:13 AM

When my mother is upset, she bakes. Right now, both our freezers are swollen with muffins, scones, cakes and breads. And, because a holiday is approaching, add triangular Hamentashen leftover from Purim and unleavened desserts ready for Passover. My grandmother used to iron away her anxieties, flattening everything from boxer...

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Critter Warfare

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 10:40 AM

I was in the bath, up to my chin in bubbles when I saw it: a sinuous pink tail curled down through the slats of the ceiling vent.

Now I don't mind the deer who graze on my lawn and eat the tops off all my annuals as if...

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Worst Case Scenario

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 6:27 AM

It's 7 a.m. on a Thursday morning and we were onboard a plane headed south along with a hundred other people, many of whom were already drinking. The woman in the window seat offered a preemptory declaration: "I'd like to apologize in advance," she said loudly through an over-lipsticked mouth....

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Show Dogs And Real Dogs

(4) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 6:04 AM

It's been more than a week since Banana Joe, a coiffed and plucked Affenpinscher, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

I am not usually a dog show follower, but I had a wet cold last week and spent...

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Text Etiquette

(290) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 6:37 AM

We were going away for the weekend, so I hired a dog sitter, a young woman named Karen. I gave her the house key a few days in advance and we reviewed the dog's routine. "If you need me, just call my cell," she said.

After we'd arrived at...

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Super Bowl Graduation

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 6:09 AM

Growing up in an all-girl family put me at a huge disadvantage in terms of major league football. My father liked football. Liked. That's an important word. He watched occasionally, sharing the names of favorite players with me. I thought football was a pleasant and leisurely activity to be enjoyed...

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