I launched this blog in 2008. My mini-me.


10 tips for a trip to Paris

March 21, 2012

Two weeks from now, I will be in Paris. YAY! YAY! YAY! The 10-day trip is a special gift to my daughter Gabi. Kind of a mother-daughter rite of passage. […]

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Jeremy Lin has scored a few points with me

February 16, 2012

The Jeremy Lin phenomenon is such a personal touchstone for me. That statement will shock my friends because they know that I am a sports idiot. But hey, even I […]

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How to be alone on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2012

For the first time in my life, I am quite happy about being single on Valentine’s Day. There’s no whining, no resentment. No sadness or fury either. I am actually […]

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Where to go for a fun night on Broadway — with photos

February 7, 2012

Want to know how crazy expensive New York City can get? I recently treated two teenagers to a fun, $462 night on the town. And it was glorious to get […]

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Sweet letters from my students: how to write conversationally

February 1, 2012

At colleges everywhere, the spring semester has sprung without me! But at least my former students are still around. Some even send nice notes that are great examples of ways […]

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Photos of a 10-course Chinese dinner — yum!

January 23, 2012

This is my first-ever Lunar New Year as a working mom. With a hectic 9-to-7 gig, I now totally relate to friends whose full-time jobs make it impossible for them […]

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Making do with loss

December 22, 2011

My original plan was to make this an upbeat holiday post about a favorite inspirational quote. But I just found out that a dear, 80-something friend has died of a […]

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