Monthly Archives: April 2011

I Have to Pay Him WHAT????


I may have to pay my rich ex-husband child support. This is what my lawyer told me Wednesday afternoon. I spent the rest of the day trying to lasso my blood pressure and pull it down off the ceiling. Let … Continue reading

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A Little Bit Bipolar


Last night I curled up with my favorite guilty pleasure, People Magazine, and read about Catherine Zeta-Jones’ and Demi Lovato’s struggles with bipolar disorder.  Zeta-Jones’s flawless face graces this week’s cover, next to the caption, “I’m Not Ashamed.” In articles about … Continue reading

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When the Easter Bunny Has Two Houses


This morning I dropped off Franny at her dad’s for the weekend. Her dad doesn’t observe Easter and she was concerned that the Easter Bunny would pass her by. Despite her father, being the child-centered fellow that he is, telling … Continue reading

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My Sister Remembers


Siblings often have different experiences growing up in the same family, with the same set of parents. This is the case with my sister Grace and me. Ten years my senior, she knew a side of my parents that I … Continue reading

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My Father’s Two Wives


Last Sunday, I stood in a small church cemetery amid a circle of relatives. My vibrant octogenarian father, who had collapsed from a massive heart attack in January, was now reduced to a tube of ashes. When it was my … Continue reading

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Stalked on Google AdSense


I tossed good taste to the wind a couple of weeks ago when I applied for a Google AdSense account for my OpenSalon blog. I will admit I’m an aesthetic snob. I like things to look a certain way. I … Continue reading

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How Atticus Got His Son Back


Atticus Eastwood is not my current husband’s real name. But that’s what I call him here because he reminds me of Gregory Peck’s character in To Kill a Mockingbird: reserved, with a strong moral compass, willing to do the jobs … Continue reading

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Why Won’t My Dad Pick Me Up on Tuesdays?


This is the question Francesca, my 9-year-old, used to ask me after she watched her dad pick up her brother Luca from school but leave her behind. On those occasions–every other Tuesday–I’d collect Franny at 3:00, then take her to … Continue reading

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You Say Mediator, I Say Alligator


I am delighted to feature a guest-post from my lovely bloggeague and divorce compadre Violet. Read on for her experience in hell with mediation. One of the big pieces of divorce “advice” I received once my big separation announcement had gone out … Continue reading

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The Home for Friendless Women


At the tail end of the 19th century, this was the moniker of a residence in Burlington, Vermont that took in unwed pregnant mothers until they gave birth. Back then, “friendless woman” was a euphemism for single and knocked-up. If … Continue reading

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