I grew up perpetually single, never quite fitting into the boxes set aside for women in small-town Maine. In fact, I often sought to tear them down or stand beside them in opposition. Perhaps because I didn’t know a...
Is there really such a thing as a totally successful marriage? In my opinion, an extraordinary and outstanding marriage does not exist for most couples; however, a somewhat happy marriage does.   With my 35th wedding anniversary fast approaching, I thought...
Seasoned. The first time I heard that word was at my son’s parent-teacher conference describing his very experienced second grade teacher. I always thought it was such a silly word, mostly used in the kitchen when preparing a steak...
My most recent first date was with an absolute Mr. Nice Guy. We went to a diner which, by the way, is my favorite place to go on a first date. If I show up and he's awful, I...
The cold weather is here, which means most of the outdoor sports activities are on hiatus until the spring. My fourth grade daughter played softball this fall, as she had been since the spring of second grade. Fall softball isn't heavy...
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You’re Not Alone

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We don't have to do it alone. We were never meant to. - Brené Brown. When I left my corporate job in June of 2009 it was for some very practical reasons. My husband and I made the decision that I...
Shower? Check. Clothes that aren’t meant for working out? Check. Babysitter? Check. “Where do you want to go?” “I don’t care. Where do you want to go?” Sound familiar? We feel pretty lucky to live in Westchester County, where...
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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I still cry for my mom

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This is going to be hard for me to write. Hard for me to admit. Anyone who knows me says that I keep a wall around myself. Something that will protect me in case anything happens. Just so I don’t get...
I have stubbornly refused to make New Year's resolutions for close to a decade now. I used to, only to have my high-flung, overly ambitious goals obliterated within a matter of weeks, days, sometimes hours. Aside from the fact...

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Spotlight on Westchester: Peekskill

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We all love our cozy little corners of Westchester. There are so many things to do and see, places to eat, and parks to...