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Mary K. Moore
Mary K. Moore has worked as a writer and editor for a variety of publications including Glamour, Self, Newsweek, Marie Claire and Texas Monthly. She is also the author of the parody The Unexpected When You're Expecting (Sourcebooks) and a regular contributor to the political/satirical site,

Entries by Mary K. Moore

Surviving a Spouse's Health Kick

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 4:59 AM

With the new year often come resolutions to get in shape. But what happens when one partner gets on a health kick and leaves the rest of the family in a wake of kale and cardio?

In my husband's case, his newfound fitness obsession is less about his waistline and...

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Aging Parents And The Long Goodbye

(27) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 7:18 AM

"I think I'll go to 80, and then I'm out of here."

My 78-year-old mother says this to me over the phone last week as if she were scheduling a routine dental exam rather than aligning her yearly planner with that of the Grim Reaper. Although not terminally ill, my...

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What My Father Taught Me About Family Vacations

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 5:30 PM

If traditional family summer vacations do anything, they allow you to revisit your childhood through the eyes of your children. But they also give you a greater appreciation of your own parents, who gamely endured the same experience with you 30 or so years earlier.

Each family has its...

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How I Finally Fell in Love With My Workout

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 2:54 PM

I've never been a particularly athletic person, so staying fit has always been a challenge. In elementary school, I despised P.E. The happiest week of my school life was when I was recovering from walking pneumonia and was able to sit out on the benches for two full weeks spraying...

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Why I'm Afraid to Fly

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 5:51 AM

I hate to fly. Well, more accurately, I hate the idea of being 30,000 feet in the air. But it wasn't always that way. I was admittedly a latecomer to the game of aviation. I took my first uneventful flight at the age of 23 to move from Texas to...

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Want to Stalk Your Dog? There's an App for That

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 1:52 PM

I was never a dog person. They always reminded me of rabid game show contestants, their enthusiasm overshooting any given situation, be it a car, a refrigerator or a perfect stranger.

Then came Holly.

As Rhianna would say, we fell in love in a hopeless place. Namely, the local animal...

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Why I Dread My Kid Going Back to School

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 6:00 PM

It's the end of summer. While a lot of stay-at-home parents of school-aged children are high-fiving as the bus pulls away, I find myself in the glum minority. I hate the beginning of school. Mainly, I just know I'm really going to miss my kid.

I am in the...

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Should You Take Your Kid to See the Katy Perry Movie?

(3) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 2:15 PM

It happened a few weeks ago when my seven-year-old daughter saw the 3D movie trailer for Katy Perry: Part of Me and instinctively dug into my arm as if to alert me to an approaching unicorn. And from the preview of the confection-laden mayhem, there, indeed, may have...

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Prosopagnosia: What It's Like to Be Face Blind

(11) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 7:43 AM

It happens fairly frequently. I'm at a coffee shop, and a woman I know comes up, says hello and we begin to exchange pleasantries. She's nice enough, but I find myself quickly trying to end the conversation.

Mostly, because I don't know who the f--- she is.


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Pet Loss: Mangia and Me

(53) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 12:40 PM

"Why do you have two frozen corn dogs on your eyes?" asks my husband.

It's a fair question. I was trying to relieve the swelling from crying the night before. My 16-year-old cat, Mangia, had died unexpectedly which in many ways is like saying Christmas came without...

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A 6-Year-Old's Guide to the Hottest Toys for 2011

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 8:45 AM

So what are kids clamoring for this year? I asked savvy consumer and my daughter, 6-year-old, Scarlett, to help us grown-ups navigate the corporate noise (Is Let's Rock Elmo the must have? Are Zhu Zhus a snooze?) and get the low down what a girl wants,...

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My Elderly Parents' Reluctant Technological Evolution

(6) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 4:08 PM

I am making plans to go home for the holidays. And like many of you, I will be facing a dearth of my personal creature comforts. Specifically, my parents live in a small, rural Texas town where Internet coverage is almost as spotty as your chance of getting a double...

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I Don't Know What You Did Last Summer

(7) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 11:00 AM

Considering quitting Facebook? Here's what happens when you do.

Forget relationship status updates or enviable vacation photos. If you really want to create a buzz on Facebook, deactivate your account.

That's what happened to me this summer when I pulled the plug. And apparently, I was just in time. Now...

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