Love & Family

I've Got a Crush on Simon Cowell

I’ve Got a Crush on Simon Cowell

As some of you may know, I’m a fan of American Idol. As others of you may know, I once got to kiss Paula Abdul. But Simon is the one who thrills me. He’s an acquired taste—bitter at first, with a hint of spicy heat as an aftertaste. In the beginning I didn’t care for […]

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10 Easy Ways to Talk with Your Daughter about Sex

I have three girls—one who is grown, one who is just going through puberty, and one who is almost 3—and I am a firm believer in talking about sex. My husband and I both came from families where that didn’t happen well…OK, at all. And we were left to our own devices, which is NEVER a good thing when you are a kid. I never want my girls to feel as ignorant and underprepared as I was. Because whether we like it or not, our daughters turn into young women with sexual feelings, and if we love them, we want their experiences to be positive, love-filled ones. Ignorance makes it easier for young girls to be taken advantage of. And these days, unprepared sex can lead to all sorts of diseases and death, in addition to lifelong trauma. And while a vaccine like the HPV shot makes it seem like our girls are safe, not only are there risks associated with the vaccine, it only covers one small aspect of their sexual safety.

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Why I Do It

Why I Do It

By the time you read this, they will be on their way home: 8 in-laws for the weekend, dinner for 12 on Friday night, lunch for 18 on Saturday, and Easter lunch for 26 on Sunday. It all takes weeks of preparation, none of which my husband quite understands. Massive lists and multiple trips to […]

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Murder, Mayhem, and Misery…for Pleasure?

Murder, Mayhem, and Misery…for Pleasure?

I have officially entered the realm of old-fogy-dom, since I am about to complain about what’s on TV. Last week 13 people were murdered in Binghamton, NY, a town I drive through regularly on my way to my in-laws’ house. It seems that every day we hear that children have suffered abuse, and families have […]

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Top 10 Tips for Getting Along with Family During Holidays

Top 10 Tips for Getting Along with Family During Holidays

This week brings Passover and Easter, so a lot of folks are going to get together with family, whether they like it or not. I’m not a therapist, but as a member of a functional family business and a wife about to host her 9 in-laws for the weekend, for about the 12th time, I […]

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The Top 10 Most Important Things for Healthy Babies

The Top 10 Most Important Things for Healthy Babies

My friend Danielle is just about to have her second child. The other day she asked me for my advice on what baby products to use, and not to use, because it seems like every year something changes and there are new recommendations. Since my youngest will turn 3 this summer, it’s all still fresh […]

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Why I Love Country Music

Why I Love Country Music

I am a latecomer to the country music scene. I grew up on progressive radio and worked my way through all the alternative and pop scenes—always keeping an edge and never going straight into the mainstream. I was milk-fed on Jackson Browne (and he will always feel like home to me). But I bought the […]

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Blogging from the Trail, Day 3

Blogging from the Trail, Day 3

1-20-09 2:55 pm Be glad… If you are safe and warm and on your couch watching it on TV–preferably high def. Here it’s cold, crowded, and total chaos…yet eerily quiet. 3:11 pm I said to Lou on the long walk back to the hotel that this is the kind of experience that gets better the […]

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