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Summer Check-in

Hello! Guess what today is? It's 17 more days until school starts again! (And also 17 more days until I turn 40, but in our home the former is the bigger deal). This summer has been a ... kind of weird one. Nothing particularly challenging has happened in our home, though we've had some struggles [...]

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School’s Out For Summer

There are lots of ways to be reminded of the passing of time. The holidays are always a big reminder for me: the traditions, the family visits, the ringing in of a new year. For a long time, the beginning and end of a school year were pretty pronounced markers of time passing. Then I [...]

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The following essay is by guest contributor, Lea Grover. Yesterday I learned that my husband, Mike, was supposed to be dead seven years ago. I had known he was supposed to be dead from the first time a doctor told me "astrocytoma," and "glioma" eight years ago and then made a guess at a prognosis. [...]

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As a kid, I moved around a lot. And when I wasn't moving, everyone else around me was. Such was the life of a quasi-military brat. I didn't like it — losing friends all the time, always saying good-bye, starting over. Over and over. This was all before social media and Skype and FaceTime. This [...]

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Women Need to Stop Worrying About “Looking Bad”

I've been seeing a lot of letters lately from women who are concerned about "looking bad," most recently in this column and this forum post. When they talk about "looking bad," they don't mean aesthetically-speaking, the way some of us might be concerned about our appearance (which is a whole other conversation about the way [...]

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New Motherhood The Second Time Around

Little Joanie May is 11 weeks old today and rapidly aging out of the sweet newborn stage. I remember this age with Jackson really well; it was probably when I felt the worst, actually. Two and half months of sleep deprivation had caught up with me while the novelty of a brand new baby was [...]

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24 Down

This week marks my 25th week of pregnancy — I'm just about six months along, and I'm starting to see the finish line faintly in the distance. The last couple of weeks I've really started to feel pregnant: I'm short of breath and get crampy sometimes when I walk a lot or walk too fast; [...]

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Happy News

In early November, about a week before we moved into our new apartment — the bigger, three-bedroom apartment our family could grow into regardless of whether we remained just the three of us or were lucky enough to add a fourth Condellberry to the mix — we grabbed some dinner at Shake Shack one evening. [...]

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Drew and I watched "Boyhood" over the weekend (in bed!) and I know I'm a little late to the game discussing it since it was released many months ago, but, seeing as it was just released for rent a few days ago and it won Golden Globes last night for best picture and best supporting [...]

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The following essay is written by guest contributor, Gina D. I met James during our mutual friend’s graduation party at a park the day after I finished high school in May, 2013. After everyone else at the party left, he and I hung around, talking and laughing until very late. We saw each other again [...]

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Getting Personal: Recognizing a Kindred Spirit

"The electricity of our ideas found its way out of our brains to connect in that kitchen and, purely platonically, we’d fallen in love." The following essay on kindred friendship is a guest post written by Susie Petersiel Berg. I met Karen when she was designing the interior of my friend’s house in Washington, DC. [...]

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Moving, A History (Part I)

Our move date is fast approaching (two more weeks) and I've been feeling nostalgic. This is the longest I have lived anywhere. Ever. In my whole life. I've been in this apartment almost 4 1/2 years. I moved in as a newlywed and I'm moving out as a mother of a 3-year-old (still married, of [...]

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Getting Personal: Leaving Chicago, Leaving Ruth

It's Donation Drive time again! If you have ever considered donating, this is the time to do it (donate here; you can make a one-time donation or click the little box to make a recurring monthly donation). So far, we've raised $1010 — over 20% to the goal! Thank you so much. Your donations help [...]

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It’s Personal: My Chemical Pregnancy

My 38th birthday last Monday was one of my favorite birthdays so far. Drew took the day off work and arranged for Jackson's babysitter to watch him until mid-afternoon. We had breakfast at a coffee shop around the corner and then rode our bikes down to Brighton Beach before eating lunch at my favorite ramen [...]

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The following essay is written by guest contributor, Amy Paturel. I woke at 6 am and started cooking: spinach and mushroom quiche, bacon-egg scramble, even chocolate-dipped strawberries. What if they don’t like the food? What if they notice the poorly hidden clutter? What if our sons act like brats? My husband, Brandon, stumbled into the [...]

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