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An Archaeological Dig, Without Leaving Home

July 1, 2013

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It occurred to me over the past year that my children will never remove the approximately 100 large boxes stored in my attic. They have good reasons, mostly consisting of “We have no place for it.” I even resorted to saying “When I die, all you will do is throw everything out in the trash […]

A Postcard to Me From My Uncle, Written Five Years Before I Was Born

June 20, 2013

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It’s difficult to do family research under the best of circumstances. Unless you come from royalty or from a line of nefarious evildoers or from people who etched their names onto the planks of the Mayflower, chances are the just plain folks of your family lived and died in relative obscurity. My family tree has […]

Boomer Grandparenting: Able to Leap Tall Continents at A Single Bound

February 28, 2013

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    When my daughter and her husband of one year moved to London, I thought the worst had happened to me.  Then, within a year, she was pregnant. The loss factor multiplied. Then my first grandson, Jonah, was born. Suddenly, the romantic notion I had always had of grandparents and grandchildren living in close […]

Becoming The Guardians At The Door, a guest post by Peg Schulte

January 21, 2013

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Peg Schulte, the author of Peg-o-Legs Ramblings, describes herself as “an insurance agent, married, and mother of 2 college students who engages “in the struggles of daily life in a small town in Illinois” and who writes about “daily life from the Everywoman perspective.” I would describe her slightly differently: Peg is a woman who […]

Cappadocia, Turkey: A Real Life Fantasy

September 24, 2012

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Imagine a terrain formed millions of years ago, a vast lava plain, created by several volcanoes and their eruptions.  Fast forward through the next couple million years, through eroding winds and rain. Then imagine that thousands of years ago, hunter gatherers discovered that the basalt that created this otherworldly terrain was soft enough to carve […]

Istanbul: Hosgeldiniz!

September 14, 2012

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If you want to experience a place where numerous great civilizations have left their mark for thousands of years, go to Istanbul. If you want to see the only city in the world that straddles both Europe and Asia, go to Istanbul. If you want to experience the energy and the chaos of a city […]

The Perfect Recipe for Turkey

August 30, 2012

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Set timer for 12PM today.  Mix the following ingredients: one Now Husband (preferably Turkish speaking), two sons, two daughters-in-law, one daughter, two grandsons. Add Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Bodrum. Season with love, laughter, great food, amazing sights, and one hot air balloon ride.  Will last unrefrigerated for 12 days.  Enjoy. Serves 9.

In Honor of Holocaust Rememberance Day April 19

April 18, 2012

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Chelsea Beach 1946, by Renee Fisher I am huge. My face is round and puffy.  My ankles are swollen.  My breasts, generous under normal circumstances, are almost comical in their inflated condition. My belly, while large, is of lesser protrusion than my breasts. This gives me a look, not so much of pregnancy, as of […]

Elise Testone

February 27, 2012

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Now that the Academy Awards have ended, and I can surgically suction my eyeballs from the TV screen, you’d think my life would be exceptionally quiet, reverting back to the highlight of each week being trash/recycling night. Not so.  A second event will be bringing Hollywood right into my family room, this time in the […]

Thanksgiving in London and Paris: Snuggling Babies Across Borders

November 12, 2011

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(The following is the third in my new series, “Old Posts to Dredge out on Slow Weekends Because When I Posted Them Originally People Cared More About the Economy and World Peace Than My Blog.” Although nothing has changed, it’s the start of a slow weekend.) I spent last Thanksgiving in London with my daughter, son-in-law, and brand […]

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