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  • gift guide: mother’s day.

    For anyone looking to give the mothers in their lives a little something special on Mother’s Day, this year as every year, here are a few ideas for the adventurous, thrill-seeking, tech-savvy, gadget-loving, handy,…

    May 2, 2019 21 Comments
  • make-believe: dinner party.

    On my mind lately, hosting a dinner party for my friends in our tiny apartment without needing to also account for snoozing kids on the other side of a closed door (to say nothing…

    April 30, 2019 6 Comments
  • Woman of Color, a Giveaway.

    It’s a special kind of thrill to have a book written by a dear friend sitting on my nightstand. A book, as I’ve said, isn’t so different than a baby. There’s the waiting and…

    April 4, 2019 2 Comments
  • make-believe: spring planting.

    The daffodil and crocus bulbs that Faye planted on a whim last fall have sprouted, but they seem stunted. Not enough sunlight on our stoop, maybe. Or too much snow for a narrow window…

    March 27, 2019 8 Comments
  • on shoe repair.

    I sewed up two holes in my sneakers this week. I’ve been watching online videos of sped-up mending. Lots of them. The clips track needles bearing colorful embroidery thread, diving below the surface of…

    March 7, 2019 5 Comments
  • make-believe: working from home.

    I have every intention of showering immediately upon waking and getting fully dressed before sitting down to work in the morning. But on days when I’m not the parent doing the school drop-off, I’m…

    February 27, 2019 7 Comments
  • make-believe: polar vortex.

    Truth be told, I’m cold even with socks and slippers and the biggest wool sweater I own. Instead of lounging in bed wearing flirty pajamas and reading a good book, I’m hunched over my…

    January 31, 2019 26 Comments
  • make-believe: museum afternoon.

    I’ve never shied away from taking my kids on museum adventures, but lately I’ve found myself craving a slightly different museum experience—one that moves a little more slowly and involves a little less placating…

    January 3, 2019 8 Comments