swimming in overwhelm

I have twin seniors applying to college at the very same time, and this is the key month for early applications. What does that mean? Aside from the anxieties it

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sunday night blues

I was once an NBC News producer and one of my Dateline stories was called “Sunday Night Blues.” In short, it was about this group of people that didn’t know one another

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kenya education fund

I was trying not to curse at the M23 bus driver as he cut me off on my drive across 23rd street the other morning, my three kids in tow,

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my flip phone adventure

I swear I was trying to simplify my life but three days into my new flip phone I feel…frenetic. This wasn’t supposed to be an experiment. Getting a flip phone

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animal messenger: bee

I once sat on a bee. I was playing with my sister Jill in our NJ backyard, doing a pretty awesome reenactment of the Magic Garden (a favorite show of

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be where your feet are

Whenever I set my alarm at the ungodly hour of 5am, my first thought is: Holy crap, I’m so tired, I can’t move. My next thought is: Come on! Why

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where do you gather strength?

I want to share the meaning of the Spanish word querencia. I learned about it a few weeks ago, after one of my teenage daughters, Maddie, spent 40 hours alone on

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animal messenger: turtle

It was a warmish night during rainy season in my beloved Costa Rica (aka my spirit homeland). My twin girls were 8 years old and I remember waking them up

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building schools in honduras

I didn’t know how to make cement from scratch, it’s not exactly a New Yorker type of activity, even though I’m surrounded by concrete. I never really thought about making

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what i learned from a blue fish

This one blue fish kept looking at me while I was snorkeling. Well, it wasn’t really looking at me, it was probably looking for food, but I felt pulled to follow

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my dad’s 90th birthday

Saturday was my dad’s 90th birthday. 90!! I know I talk a lot about him, but this week he deserves it even more because he’s lived for nine full decades.

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3 days without kids

I imagined how I would spend a few days without my 3 kids at home. They’ve gone off to their respective summer programs but given the different timings, I’d have

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father’s day reflections

I was thinking a lot about my dad on Father’s Day last weekend and how he drove us to school every morning growing up. Every now and then, he’d suddenly

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