Monthly Archives: December 2011

Why I Got My 9-Year-Old a Cell Phone


I swore I wouldn’t give my daughter Franny a cell phone until she was thirteen. And whenever my nine-year-old asked, as she had been doing more frequently, “Mom, when can I have a cell phone?” this is what I told her. There … Continue reading

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My Truth About Santa – Guest Post by Alysa Salzburg


Alysa Salzburg lives in Paris with an eccentric Frenchman and a cross-eyed cat. She blogs on Open Salon and is editor-in-chief of Beguile, a literary and arts e-zine. Alysa is an Open Salon blogger friend, and she kindly consented to … Continue reading

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The Gingerbread House, and Great-Grandma Lucinda’s Lemon Square Recipe


My birthmother, Suzanne, came to visit last weekend and she and my daughter Franny made a gingerbread house. From scratch. They stood at the kitchen island, rolling out dough, cutting out walls, a roof, and a door. They used a … Continue reading

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The Dessert Girl


I live in an eccentric neighborhood in a big city, a pocket of Craftsman, Victorian and Mediterranean homes in various stages of restoration. Two centuries ago, the city’s titans hired famed architects to build their mansions, until various forces caused … Continue reading

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