Archive for August 2017

16 Lessons for my 16-year-old Daughter

16 Lessons for my 16-year-old Daughter
My baby just turned 16. It seems impossible that day has come and gone. After all, it was just yesterday she was toddling into her room, opening her dresser drawers and emptying them on to her bedroom floor. Repeatedly. I had posted a traditional “Happy Birthday” message to her on Facebook, complete with the requisite... Read more »

Special Needs Parenting: Leaving the Nest and the Long Exhale

Special Needs Parenting: Leaving the Nest and the Long Exhale
I didn’t think I could do this. But I had to believe he could. My oldest child, at almost 22, has left the building. On to college. But not in the way most people think when I say, “He’s off to Iowa this fall.” It isn’t for a degree. But it’s a huge step in... Read more »

When Life is a Rolling Stones Song: Marlena by Julie Buntin

When Life is a Rolling Stones Song: Marlena by Julie Buntin
Do you remember 15? The angst? Not knowing if or where you fit in? Desperate for attention, and willing to sacrifice your dignity to get it, all while not realizing you are giving anything up? Julie Buntin does. And she nails it with “Marlena.” If your head ever plays a soundtrack while you’re reading, this... Read more »
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Choose that Door Carefully: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Choose that Door Carefully: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Every once in a while you come across a book that defies an easy explanation. Exit West is one of those reads. Part metaphor, part love story, Mohsin Hamid’s tale of two young lovers taking a chance on a better life, survival, really, is touching and sad and beautiful all at once. Nadia and Saeed... Read more »

Color Me a New Life: The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman

Color Me a New Life: The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman
Quick and dirty review: Heck ya, read it. Allegra Goodman’s “The Chalk Artist” is an easily relatable read. For we all have been Collin, or known a Collin, or raised a Collin. Or a Nina. Or an Aidan for that matter. Centered in present day Boston, Collin James, son of Maia, is a college dropout,... Read more »