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Rachel Aydt
Rachel Aydt has written for publications that include Time International, Prevention, Parents, Redbook,, The New York Times' parenting blog, Inked, and many more. For nearly two decades she worked on staff at publications including Cosmopolitan, YM, American Heritage, and CosmoGirl. She teaches magazine journalism at the New School for Public Engagement and for Parsons, and blogs about art, parenting, culture and New York City at

Entries by Rachel Aydt

The Gift of Time

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 4:47 PM

I'd been away to Texas for a few days visiting my very sick (and beloved) Grandmother, most likely saying goodbye in person for the last time. It hasn't been an easy season. I knew that when I came home, I had to pull myself together and make Christmas happen for...

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Independence Day

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 9:46 AM

The Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side of Manhattan is a collision of old and new. Admittedly, the new is more attractive than the old. A bakery gleams across the aisle from a wall of dusty deli cans; a trendy taco joint draws more crowds than that old...

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I Loved 'Blood, Bones and Butter'

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 12:13 PM

I'm on a non-fiction tear this summer in preparation for a new course I'm teaching this fall at Eugene Lang, and feel blessed that my first real foray into this summer reading binge was with Gabrielle Hamilton's memoir Blood, Bones and Butter. Hamilton's writing is so damned good I've found...

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Goodbye Nora

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 4:17 PM

Last night, my kid and I rented The Grey, a film I wasn't sure about showing to him. He's 9-years-old and it's rated R... but he was very enthusiastic about watching guys get eaten by wolves.

Instead, we watched Sleepless in Seattle. At first, he was suspicious...

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Up Close at Closer Than Ever

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 2:05 PM

I'm not as much of a theater-goer as I'd like to think I am, but when I do make it there, I'm a dream audience member. I fall prey to movie magic, theater magic, music magic and any other filter put before me that's...
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Drug Lit Takes Another Hit

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 6:36 PM

I asked people what their favorite drug memoir was on Facebook, and my comments feed started to burn. "Go Ask Alice! A classic!" Junkie. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Naked Lunch. Trainspotting. The Basketball Diaries. The list, for the most part, reached back quite a few years, and went on...

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This Parent Isn't Shopping On Black Friday

(19) Comments | Posted November 24, 2011 | 2:11 PM

I was so lucky that growing up I was taught to be frugal, use what we had, and not pine (too much) for that which we didn't have. We struggled financially, but we never went hungry, and most of all, we were loved "to the moon and back." I'm so...

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Welcome to My World

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 8:20 PM

I've just finished reading the new eBook anthology Welcome to My World, a collection of 13 essays written by mothers about work/life balance. I contributed a piece called "Robot Moms in the Closet," whereby I imagined a science fiction world where a mother could call upon various robot...

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