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Bitty Buddha 101: What to Do When You Meet Someone with a Bad Name

I think being part of the human tribe is hard, but for my seven-year-old Buddha, it seems kind of cake-walky. It’s not that nothing bad ever happens to him. I mean, a few weeks ago he breathlessly announced that he was pretty … Continue reading

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Bitty Buddha 101: How (and Why) to Make a Mean Person Your Friend

I can’t count how many times someone’s called my first-grader a little Buddha. He’s an insightful little fart, often boiling down life’s tough stuff into the simplest terms from the backseat of my Hyundai. And he’s always unusually happy, even when his … Continue reading

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Blurred Lines

“It’ll be fun,” she said. “All different ages,” she said. “You won’t be the oldest.” So I unclicked the MAYBE box and changed my RSVP to YES. I’d never been to one of these home parties. Sure, I’d attended ones … Continue reading

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School Matters: Who Knew the Earth Had a Foreskin?

I am a writer, so people are often surprised to learn I skipped a grade in math. Maybe it’s not because I’m a writer that they’re surprised. Maybe it’s because I seem kind of dumb with numbers. In truth, I … Continue reading

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Why Sharing Your Facebook Look Back Video Doesn’t (Necessarily) Make You a Self-Aggrandizing Ass

I hate to spoil your day, but it turns out that Facebook has totally bastardized the term friends. And if I ever doubted it before, I have proof now, thanks to the response I’m seeing on those 30-second compilation videos … Continue reading

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Not as Old as My Caftan Implies

I’ve been feeling old lately. I don’t need a Boy Scout to help me cross roads or anything. And I don’t sport giant, black fit-over sunglasses while navigating my town car to Jo-Ann Fabric. In truth, I’m 20+ years from … Continue reading

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The Great Crap-Off: When Moms Diminish Each Other’s Experiences

A few days ago, a friend forwarded to me a status update that one of her friends had posted on Facebook. It went something like this: “Just finishing up my important, challenging job. Then heading home to straighten up my … Continue reading

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