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MAY 28, 2014 1:10PM

Pick A Color

Although it's after Memorial Day in Boston and I am still wearing sweatshirts and shearling slippers, I truly believe that sandal weather is upon us. So, if you haven't already, now would be a perfect time to start thinking about your spring pedicure regimen. You will find the nail salons
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NOVEMBER 9, 2013 3:42PM

Give Yourself the Gift of Good Health

Ah, the Vermont Country Store catalog. A New England fixture, it arrives each fall, as reassuring as a Norman Rockwell retrospective. Since 1946, the Orton Family has faithfully brought us carefully selected items we have grown up loving. Three pages in, anyone over the age of fifty is positively misRead full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2013 11:59AM

Teach A Man To Knit

In this particular case, I don't know the details. I just know there is a dear friend who is not doing well, a middle-aged man whose treatments make him feel cold all the time. The idea of knitting for him must have been an easy and natural one; the transfer ofRead full post »

Among the current fads I can't stand is the collection of vinyl stick figure decals representing one's brood on the backside of the family tank. Firstly, I really don't give a damn about your personal census. Secondly, to me this is just an invitation for a home-invasion-multiple-homicide
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DECEMBER 17, 2011 2:37PM

Time and Tide

On Saturdays I do the wash. I'm not complaining. Two people do not accumulate a huge amount of dirty clothing. I remember doing laundry twice a day when I had babies, and then again when I had teenagers who changed their clothes five times a day, and threw each change into… Read full post »
APRIL 10, 2011 12:42PM

Sometimes, A Rose is Not a Rose

A recent search online confirmed what I had already suspected: sleek minimalist dinner plates are what you’ll be buying, next time you are asked to hop onto a registry and turn STILL NEEDS into FULFILLED.  A few funky patterns here and there – The oh-so-subtle circles of Villeroy &amRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 5:10PM

Closet Case

I first did it around 1970, in Boston. My mother knew about it and was mortified. My grandmother found out and nearly fainted. Fortunately, my father was oblivious. Every once in a while I still do it, just for fun. I still get psyched every once in a while, before a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2010 1:54PM

Loading Zone

Another Great Move-In winds down in Boston this week. Fifteen U-hauls on every two-block stretch. I have no choice while I am stuck in traffic but to watch the parade and think:

It seems that for our first twenty years we hang things up on our walls or put them… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2010 4:05PM

Saving

I have a piece of furniture that once belonged to my Nana. I believe it is called a secretary. It is vertical, has two doors which open to reveal shelves, and a drop-down writing desk. It is not of good quality or design. It is a particularly hideous color, resembling moldy… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2010 4:50PM

Please.

When you put your words out there, it’s only a short matter of time until you will piss someone off. I consider myself lucky that I’ve gotten this far and still have a few friends speaking to me. But that may soon change. What I have to say… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2010 6:46PM

Not So Much Writing On the Wall

In the course of a year, I now receive only a half-dozen pieces of handwritten correspondence. (For those of you who no longer remember what handwritten means, it means written by a human, with a writing implement, in their own individual unique handwriting.) Look at your mail.
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JUNE 4, 2010 1:44PM

You Are Here

The list of phone numbers on my kitchen wall next to the phone begins with our home phone number, street address, cross-streets. In most homes where small children lived, this was once the method of leaving contact information and emergency resources for babysitters, and later those same children old… Read full post »

MAY 20, 2010 3:56PM

Same Stuff Different Decade

I was walking down the street yesterday when a small white tightly folded wad of paper caught my eye. I reached down, unfolded the piece of notebook paper-- the kind with light blue rule lines--and on it was telltale preteen girl handwriting. Big fat circles over the "I"s and everything. It… Read full post »

MAY 18, 2010 4:39PM

S'Marvelous

I have a thing for cocktail napkins. (And cocktails, for that matter.) I've been collecting them for years, whenever I see particularly clever ones. Or unusual ones. Or just pretty ones. And absolutely any with my first or last initial. I like a bargain, so I am usually on the prowl at/… Read full post »

MAY 14, 2010 4:21PM

And Away We Go

Long, long ago, gas stations used to distribute free road maps as a service to their customers. This appears to have begun around 1913. During the 1950's and '60s my Dad had an impressive collection, alphabetically arranged, always perfectly folded back into their original direction. That guy can fol… Read full post »

MAY 13, 2010 4:07PM

Balls, Rounds or Squares?

I strive to do as much recycling and reusing as possible, especially now as I try to downsize my possessions. I drink tap water from a bottle that I refill. My paper towels get used more than once. Old dish towels get made into rags. Leftover jars become storage containers. Toothbrushes… Read full post »

MAY 11, 2010 4:15PM

Nearly Naked Girls/Apartment 301

When I wrote recently about culling the recipes that were burying me alive, this provoked several interesting conversations about magazine packrats. It seems there are many out there, with collections ranging from American Reciprocating Steam Engines to Zoology in the Western Pampas. More and mo/… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2010 5:28PM

Bye Bye, Love

I have been cooking dinner seven nights a week for as long as I can remember. From scratch. I have been tested by the vegetarian limitations of my children, the no-carbs, the gluten-free, and yet I am still happy to venture into the kitchen at 6 pm every… Read full post »

MAY 7, 2010 3:10PM

Stuck on You

I do admit to coveting all and using many of the I Pads, netbooks, Kindles, Blackberrys, GPSs, I Phones, HDTVs, I Pods, Blu-ray, Google, Tivo, satellite radios out there -- the latest and greatest conveniences of the last few years. Some of them have made a marked improvement in the way… Read full post »

MAY 5, 2010 3:38PM

Contain Thyself

Nine bags and counting this week to the paperretriever.com dumpster. Downsizing is actually starting to become a tiny bit noticeable. I am getting it under control-- just about one normal file cabinet of current stuff, and a couple of boxes of tax returns which are living in old cardboard wine boxes.… Read full post »

MAY 4, 2010 2:37PM

A Page in The Book

I opened to the "M" page in my address book yesterday, and found compelling evidence that I have stayed in one place too long.


 The first entry for the M family was entered a few weeks after we first moved in. They were new neighbors and we would eventually become friends.… Read full post »

MAY 4, 2010 2:34PM

A Page in The Book

I opened to the "M" page in my address book yesterday, and found compelling evidence that I have stayed in one place too long.
The first entry for the M family was entered a few weeks after we first moved in. They were new neighbors and we would eventually become friends. There was… Read full post »
MAY 3, 2010 3:46PM

Save Me From Myself

When my kids started school, it was great that I had all their medical records since birth, ready to prove they had been properly immunized and were not illegal aliens. When I sold my nine-year old car on Craigslist, it was great that I had all the mechanical records since itsRead full post »

MAY 3, 2010 2:56PM

Save Me From Myself

When my kids started school, it was great that I had all their medical records since birth, ready to prove they had been properly immunized and were not illegal aliens. When I sold my nine-year old car on Craigslist, it was great that I had all the mechanical records since its… Read full post »
MAY 2, 2010 3:34PM

Statute Of Limitations

As I continue to un-paper my life, there are a few things I am holding on to without hesitation. My little box of informals is one. I know that e-thanks are perfectly acceptable, but when I have something to say thanks for, it goes on a tiny folding note with my… Read full post »