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  • THE BENEFIT OF LIVING WITH A GROWN-UP

    THE BENEFIT OF LIVING WITH A GROWN-UP

    My husband Terry takes good care of me. I got my first chance to appreciate how precious that was a year into our marriage when I was on crutches after breaking a bone in my foot. I could I relax. I didn’t have to get back on my feet until… Read More
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  • WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE CHIVES ON MY BALCONY

    WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE CHIVES ON MY BALCONY

    Six years ago, I moved from a house in suburban Montclair into an 18th floor apartment in urban Hoboken. As a reminder of the garden I was giving up, I brought with me a nondescript chive plant in a cheap orange pot which was reminiscent of clay but was only… Read More
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  • THREE RESTAURANTS IN BURGUNDY, FRANCE

    THREE RESTAURANTS IN BURGUNDY, FRANCE

    AUX BERGES de THIL, Thil-sur-Arroux, Burgundy This is the co-owner, co-hostess, partner of the chef. It is a mom-and-pop restaurant (though they don’t have any children) which supports local farmers by serving their products. The chef trained in London and they both get along well in English. The food was… Read More
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  • HOW TO DECIDE WHO PAYS ON AN ONLINE DATE.

    HOW TO DECIDE WHO PAYS ON AN ONLINE DATE.

    When I was dating online, when every first date was a blind date, nothing confused the feminist in me more than the moment when the bill came. Was the man responsible for the bill by default? If a man considered a woman equally responsible for the bill, did that suggest… Read More
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  • BE A BETTER COOK — LEARN FROM RESTAURANTS

    BE A BETTER COOK — LEARN FROM RESTAURANTS

    My mother was a riot in the kitchen. She’d look at a recipe (usually in the New York Times Food section) and say, “I can’t make this tonight because I don’t have any parsley.” “Mom,” I remonstrated, “you don’t need parsley. You can use cilantro or just omit it.” But… Read More
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  • WHAT MAKES A GREAT DATING PROFILE?

    WHAT MAKES A GREAT DATING PROFILE?

    The answer is simple:  the truth. Many people have a cynical relationship with online dating and discovering Little White Lies in your introduction is a bad start to a good relationship. Writers are told again and again, “show, don’t tell,” and that applies to public profiles as well as… Read More
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  • TOO BUSY FOR DATING?

    TOO BUSY FOR DATING?

    In Beloved, Toni Morrison articulated my condition before I started to date again: …way past the Change of Life, desire in them had suddenly become enormous, greedy, more savage than when they were fifteen, and…it embarrassed them and made them sad; secretly they longed to die—to be quit of… Read More
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  • Scenes from France

    Scenes from France

        Living in France was lovely, at least for ten days. I spoke French, ate and shopped French, and drove French. We ate foie gras, elaborate desserts, fried foods, butter, fragrant cheese; for breakfast we had croissants, and the occasional pastry. And we each lost two pounds. Terry says,… Read More
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