Monthly Archives: March 2011

He’s Got My Whole World in His Hands


I just got word from a reliable source that my custody evaluator, whom I will refer to here as God because that’s the kind of power he has, is a “Fathers’ Rights Guy.” According to my source, I’m screwed. Let me … Continue reading

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Boy Needs Friend


Note: please be advised that names have been changed to safeguard my son’s anonymity. Earlier this week I stumbled across an education blog that suggested boys who struggle in school lack close friendships. Developmental psychologist Niobe Way proposed that boys … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The Big Pancake


I’m re-posting this today because it’s Sunday and I just preheated the oven for the Big Pancake. Kevin, Franny, and Franny’s friend Hermoine are plunked down on the family room couch watching TV and asking, “is it ready yet?” In … Continue reading

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Passing on the Crown


As I hunch over my laptop in faded black sweats, last year’s UGGS, and cockeyed reading glasses I haven’t had time to get repaired, I am bemused to announce that I have received the Stylish Blogger Award from my inspirational … Continue reading

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Foreclosures to the Left of Me, Short Sales to the Right


The morning after my husband, our four blended children, and I moved into our new house I realized we had made a grave error. It was as if I had gone on a drunken sexcapade and awoken next to a … Continue reading

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Tied to the Whipping Post


Yesterday a blog I posted on OpenSalon, originally called Mother and Child Un-Reunion, ran on the regular Salon site, in the “Real Families” personal essay section. I was honored to be showcased alongside truly exceptional writers such as Eilene Zimmerman … Continue reading

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Mother and Child Un-Reunion


I was adopted when I was six days old. It was an old-school, politically incorrect, pre-Brangelina-era adoption in which the records were closed. My original birth certificate was sealed, and with it my original identity. I knew nothing about my … Continue reading

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Empathy for the Devil


My friend Jane, who was raised by a Dorothy Parker-esque emotionally abusive alcoholic single mother and was functionally bonkers for years before she found Alanon, once mused that Prince must be in a lot of pain since he felt compelled … Continue reading

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$22,000


That hardy 5-figure sum is the amount I owe my attorney for the past two months of his work.  Granted, January was busy with discovery and a deposition and I’m pretty sure there was a court appearance in there somewhere, … Continue reading

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Luca’s School Daze


Last week my son Luca got busted for smoking pot at school. This was not the first time.  After five weeks this past fall as a new seventh grader at a crazy-expensive private school–let’s call it Escalade Academy, because the … Continue reading

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