Many of us take those traditional vows at our wedding ceremony, “...for better and for worse, for richer or for poorer, in good times and bad, etc...” And life and marriage have ways of reminding us of those words...
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A Forever Friend

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My gal. My bestie. My BFF. My other sister. My go-to person for EV.ER.Y.THING! My forever friend. We laugh at each other and know it’s filled with love. We can see our differences in life and how we go about navigating our days. We may not parent...
I want to be listened to and not talked at in a conversation. In the face of modern communication brought to us at hyper-speed and condensed thought, we now have quick bits of information coming at us on overdrive. It...
Since it’s February and a month about love and friendship, I want to explore a topic that’s not very commonly discussed - mom-to-mom friendships. There are different types of mom relationships.  When you have friends for many years, and...
I turned 31. Lucky for me, I was invited out to celebrate with a gentleman I’ve been seeing. We’ve been dating each other for a few months, and, as I am sure many single NY ladies can attest to,...
A quiet woman covering her mouth with her hand.

Quiet is Not a 4-Letter Word

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Quiet is not a 4-letter word. Yet, some think it is. Not in the sense of “Shh…be quiet” like in a library setting or to a student speaking out of turn in class. I’m referring to quiet more as in...
I recently read and was very moved by this quote by Tara Mackey, “If speaking kindly to plants helps them grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans would do.” I spend a lot of time teaching my children colors,...
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What Having a Family Means

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I grew up surrounded by a huge family. My father had a crazy large family on his mother’s side in Cairo. He even had a bigger one on his father’s side in Upper Egypt. He had eleven siblings on...
I’ve only been a mother for five years. That’s less than fifteen percent of my life, and yet when someone asks me to define myself (I’m a teacher--we do lots of identity processing), the first thing I will list...
My family portrait may be a little unconventional. There are only three people in it; my two daughters and myself. My girls have beautiful, thick brown hair and skin the color of a caramel latte. On the other hand,...

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Family-Friendly Hikes Near Westchester :: The Catskills

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This is the second installment of Westchester County Mom's Hiking the Hudson Valley feature. You can read the first in the series (and get...