MY HUSBAND WAS CLOSE ENOUGH that I could hear him turning the pages of his newspaper. I was straightening up before leaving on a quick trip. What happened next probably could have been prevented. [Read more…]
THERE ARE TWO QUESTIONS a husband should never ask his wife. Both begin with the words, “how many?” And in a little bit of marriage memoir, I will tell you about both. The lesser of these two evil inquiries is nearly too tame to mention, of course, bringing no real threat to anyone’s domestic sense of bliss. That one has to do with sex, and how many partners a spouse might care to admit to, and really, good manners should simply prevent its asking. But it’s small potatoes, and not much of an issue. That second question, however? It’s a doozie. [Read more…]
IT’S GRADUATION SEASON, and every time it rolls around I am reminded of when I’ve spoken at commencements, and the great honor that it is to be asked to do so. But among the graduation speeches and tributes I have given over the years, one really stands out as the most fun I’ve ever had behind the podium.
It’s this, my cum laude speech at my daughter’s single-sex school. I call it Fifteen Rules for Us Girls to Live By.
Read it and see if you’ve got any rules I should add to it.
THERE ARE ALMOST NO WORDS to describe how exquisitely happy I am to have a magazine piece of mine be chosen as the very first story showcased in a new online New York Times feature. The first piece of memoir I ever published, now thirty years ago, it is also the piece for which I am best known. What an honor to see it here. And what a surprise. I had no idea this was in the works. Enjoy.
IT WOULD BE A LIE to say that I have deliberately misplaced the ironing board. In fact, I’ve lost two: One long-legged, folding sort, and one table-top, short-legged version. And I’d like to say that it was not easy to do but that, too, would be a lie since, in fact, it was a snap. [Read more…]
We dipped into the single digits on the thermometer recently upstate, and every time this happens I am reminded about the degrees by which we learn to love. [Read more…]