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Rachel Levy Lesser
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Rachel Levy Lesser is a Philadelphia area writer whose work has appeared in Glamour magazine's blog, AND Magazine and The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, among other publications. She is also the author of Shopping for Love, a memoir about her mother's long battle with cancer and their lifelong bond discovered while shopping together, and My Name is Rebecca Romm Named after My Mother's Mom, a children's book about the significance of a child's name.

Entries by Rachel Levy Lesser

Count The Freckles

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 2:59 PM

When I was 13, my mother finally said yes and gave in to my then-lifelong wish for curly hair. As a child, my hair was so straight that my grandmother used to tell me I couldn't make it wavy even if I stuck my finger in an electric socket. I...

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Wear a Freaking Coat!

(17) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Although it is not yet technically winter, it's been cold -- at least where I live in suburban Philadelphia. It's already snowed here. Twice. I am not complaining. I welcome the change in the seasons. I've always been more of a fall and winter person than a spring and summer...

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Happy Birthday to Us

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 5:46 PM

I remember the morning of my high school graduation very clearly. As I put on my white linen dress and matching ballet slippers, my mother tried to explain to me as best as she could that she was having trouble comprehending that it was her daughter's graduation day.

"I feel...

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If These Dishes Could Talk

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 11:38 AM

My mother was a terrible cook, but she set a beautiful table. Every year at least a week before the Jewish holidays -- which, as she used to say, fell either too early or too late, but were never on time -- she'd get out her most favorite dishes. I...

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 5:10 PM

I had big plans for this past summer. I was going to make a lot of progress writing my new book (and I did!); I was going to organize my house and my life (and I sort of did); and I was going to have fun with my friends and...

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Generation Camp

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 5:07 PM

My 10-year-old son's camp packing list looks strikingly familiar. Blue-and-white uniform t-shirts -- check; sleeping bag -- check; flashlight -- check; tennis racquet -- check; and way too many pairs of socks and underwear that undoubtedly will not come home at the end of the summer or if they do...

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Back Into My Mother's Closet

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 10:17 AM

I spent my 40th birthday on the floor of my dead mother's closet. It's not where I expected to be, and I certainly had other places I should have been. There were work deadlines looming over my head, additional planning to be done for my upcoming birthday party and several...

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Thank You, Yoga -- You Rock!

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 5:51 PM

I started doing (I mean practicing) yoga several years ago after I quit the gym. When I sat down and did the math, I realized that the gym was way too expensive for what I was getting out of it. So, off I went to the local yoga studio; I...

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You Can Call Me Bossy

(3) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 7:26 PM

I am all for political correctness and choosing words carefully. After all, I am a writer and a mother, and I teach this to my children all the time. But last week, when I heard a story on NPR about the "Ban Bossy" campaign spearheaded by Lean In and Girl...

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Confession: I'm a Shopping Bag Addict

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 6:52 PM

A few weeks ago, an old friend arrived at my front door with a hostess gift in hand. Over the years, we have given each other enough trinkets to fill a small room, and I reminded her that we should put an end to this tradition -- that is, until...

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The Evolution of an Outfit

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 5:07 PM

One night last summer, I was knee-deep in my garden, pulling out oversized weeds and wearing an old t-shirt of my husband's, my light pink crocs and the black capri pants that I had bought at The French Connection, a trendy boutique on Columbus Avenue in 1999. The pants that...

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Why It's Good for Kids to Be Disappointed (Sometimes)

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 3:21 PM

My childhood bedroom had no trophies in it. It wasn't for lack of trying. I played sports and entered the swim races at our pool every summer. I was an average athlete. Not the worst, but certainly not the best. And so I never got any trophies. That's how it...

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The Snowman's True Identity

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 5:47 PM

With Hanukkah being so early this year, I successfully completed my holiday shopping quite early -- a feat in itself. Every year, I buy for people of all faiths and like so many others, I try to be politically correct in keeping the holidays generic so as not to offend...

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These Plans Were Made to Be Broken

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 11:52 AM

I am a planner. In the days before iCal, I used the Palm Pilot, the Franklin Planner and even the desk calendar that fit neatly onto my blotter. I like to have plans and to see them laid out in front of me. Although my husband doesn't like to make...

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Freeze Them Now

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 5:22 PM

I'm not a baby person. Never have been and probably never will be. Before I had my own children 10 and seven years ago, I had never even changed a diaper. Not even once. Of course after my son came a long, I fell madly in love with him just...

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Real Life Mergers

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 5:48 PM

My husband calls it the sports pages for women; a colleague named it the mergers and acquisitions report. It's the wedding pages of The New York Times Sunday Style Section, and I religiously read it.

I first start perusing that section nearly 15 years ago. It was easy to scan...

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The Socially Networked Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 4:57 PM

I've never been much of a birthday person. Perhaps that's because I have one that falls in January. As a child, I became immune to the canceled parties due to snowstorms and flu outbreaks, not to mention the picked-over gifts straight from the holiday sale rack. I've always held the...

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The Mommy Mediator

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 4:10 PM

Some days, I see the mothers of the world living together in harmony, supporting each other as they go about their daily lives of raising their children. Some get involved in their local communities, others forge ahead at their place of work and some do a bit of both.

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A New Normalcy

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Many nights as I am drifting off to sleep, I see my mother's face flash before my half-closed eyes. It's the healthy mother -- the one with the bright blue eyes, patchy freckles and large, toothy smile. I used to think that I would never be able to envision that...

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Adventures in Mom Dating

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 5:14 PM

I thought I had said goodbye to the dating scene. Farewell to random set ups, drinks after work, coffee at the conveniently-located Starbucks and catching the politically correct date movie of the month. My husband and I had been together for nearly seven years, and I wasn't looking for anything...

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