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Rachael Stark
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Determined not to be sidetracked by either menopause or middle age, Rachael Stark has been fighting gravity and inertia by writing her way through life. A Lecturer of Expository Writing at NYU, an aspiring novelist, Advanced Yoga Instructor, and, in her spare time, a mother of two exuberant daughters, Rachael has written for the “New York Post” “Big Apple Parent” “NY Arts” “The Brooklyn Daily Eagle” and other publications. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University and lives with the hipsters in Brooklyn. Follow me on Twitter @rachaelstark52

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One Penny At A Time: The Most Important Lesson I Learned From My Grandmother

(11) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 8:16 AM

2014-08-31-GrandmaElizabethsmall.jpgMy Grandma Elizabeth lived to be 104 years old.

In her lifetime, she witnessed the Russian Revolution, World Wars I and II, The Great Depression, the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, the crumbling of the Berlin Wall, the war in Afghanistan, September 11th and...

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How I Survived My Daughter's Sleep Away Camp

(4) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 8:48 AM

This summer, my 9-year-old went to sleep away camp for the first time.

Standing on the curb, I watched Tamara board an enormous bus bound for New Hampshire and sobbed.

I would've been embarrassed except that all the parents were bawling. Wearing dark sunglasses and passing boxes of Kleenex,...

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Why Easter Is The Worst Time For Menopause

(4) Comments | Posted April 20, 2014 | 10:03 AM

It's spring and everything's blooming except me.

To make matters worse, wherever I look, I see eggs: Easter eggs, chocolate eggs, bunnies in baskets atop Cadbury eggs. It's a conspiracy. I wouldn't be so paranoid if the holidays didn't remind me of my own eggs, the ones in my fallopian...

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Why I Left The Botox Party

(10) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 6:00 AM

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Last week I received an invitation.

The envelope was bright pink with pictures of palm trees and stuck out of my snow-covered mailbox like a glossy Easter Egg. Victoria's Secret's bikini catalogue! I couldn't wait to open it. Instead, there was...

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The Reason I Just Can't Love The Super Bowl

(8) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 5:38 AM

Every year before Super Bowl Sunday, my husband files for divorce.

Here's my problem: I want to love football but I can't. It's not in my DNA. I've tried but nothing's worked. "Is it a girl thing?" I asked myself in youth, a "Mom thing?" I ponder now in...

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The Man Of My Dreams

(8) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 6:28 AM

I've found true love.

My new boyfriend is dark, sleek, and zippers up the middle, just the way I like it. He doesn't need conversation or dinner. What's more he's Canadian and exotic. Just whisper his name "Canada Goose" and I get going.

Every winter I...

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Where's Hannah Montana?

(10) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:51 PM

I love Miley Cyrus.

Go ahead. I dare you. Name any of the superstar's mega hits from her long-running Disney show, "I Wanna Know You," "The Climb" "Wherever I Go," and I will proudly flourish my iPod, which is chock full of her gutsy ballads.

For...

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Loving Indiana Jones

(12) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 7:13 AM

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I had put off my trip to India twice.

The first time, I blamed it on my job at NYU. The second time, I blamed it on a dying relative who did not exist....

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Deep-fried Thanksgiving

(6) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 9:28 PM

Just as surely as the frazzled Pilgrims led by William Bradford stumbled off the Mayflower after 66 days aboard their careening vessel grateful to find Plymouth Rock (or any rock for that matter) every year, my family faithfully assembles at my parents' home in upstate New York to partake in...

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Why I Want To Be A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader At 52

(90) Comments | Posted November 9, 2013 | 7:00 AM

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I was propped up in the Emergency Room at Long Island College Hospital, my right leg swollen, a bull's eye forming underneath my calf from a tick bite when I decided to audition for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. As a...

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How to Be 'Retro-Hip'

(10) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 1:45 PM

2013-11-05-Boots.jpgA few years ago, I applied as an "intern" at a glossy fashion magazine to get some on-the-job publishing experience. My "day job" as a professor afforded me time and money during the summer to pursue my dream and it was good...

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