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And You’re Already Married?

Posted by mwallach on January 31, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You

Dear That’s Life, I think I have finally finished giving away all of my maternity clothes. Over the last twelve years, I have loaned and borrowed plenty of clothing, some maternity and some not.  I like to get rid of stuff in my closet I have not worn in more than two years, despite knowing [...]

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Prepare for Take Off – It is Going to be a Bumpy Ride

Posted by mwallach on January 29, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, My Kids, Tribe Members

 Dear That’s Life, There is a distinct difference between a vacation and a family trip. A vacation is when you go somewhere, wile away your cares, skip the laundry and sit on a beach drinking a mai tai. Okay — maybe I’m projecting. It does not have to be exactly like that, but a vacation [...]

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Wallach, Party of Eight?

Posted by mwallach on January 26, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, Mid-winter vacation gives families many opportunities, including the chance to do things and go places which are out of the ordinary and away from the everyday norms.  Travel plans vary but day trips provide the opportunity for a change of scenery without having to pack a bag or pay the overweight fee [...]

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I’m Sorry – Did You Say Something?

Posted by mwallach on January 24, 2011 in New To You, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, The best thing to happen to a website is for thousands of readers to send it to thousands of their friends.  That’s like hitting the internet lottery.  Anything that can add or drive traffic to a particular site and in making it sensation, increases its popularity and potentially its revenue, creates a [...]

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…Was Paved with Good Intentions

Posted by mwallach on January 23, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, The road to hell was paved with good intentions, although I am not trying to imply that hell was where we were going.  There are unpredictable bumps along any path, regardless of how much planning and prepping you complete.   Sometimes you wish things would work out exactly the way you plan – [...]

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They Say It’s Your Birthday

Posted by mwallach on January 21, 2011 in New To You

 Dear That’s Life, Birthday celebrations are very personal.  People like to celebrate in their own way and some people prefer not to celebrate at all.  My daughter, who recently turned ten, was astonished when I told her that I had not bought her a birthday crown, assuming that because she had reached the age [...]

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Here Come the Steelers

Posted by mwallach on January 20, 2011 in New Yorkers

A heavy sigh of relief could be heard across New York State as the Jets defeated the Patriots on Sunday night. Of course, that sigh was quickly followed by the uproarious chant of “J-E-T-S” recited almost in unison by fans everywhere. Would victory have been that sweet had it not been against the Pats who [...]

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The Wipers on the Bus Go Swish, Swish, Swish

Posted by mwallach on January 19, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You

Dear That’s Life, There are days when I really think I’m really losing it.  Sometimes it is what I bring on myself.  Other days, it is what outsiders have brought upon me, whether I know it or not. The blessings in my life come in many forms, including the two SUVs my husband and I drive.  I [...]

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Pregnancies, Muumuus and Exhibitions

Posted by mwallach on January 18, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You

Dear That’s Life, Growing up with a mother who is a curator, her exhibitions served as milestones in our lives.  As if they were landmarks on the road of life, my mother would say, “Oh – I was working on [insert name of exhibit here] when that happened.”  In the timeline of our lives, with [...]

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So Close, Yet So Far

Posted by mwallach on January 17, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, Everyone needs a day off every once in a while, and that includes kids as well as adults.   Having been blessed with a large family, we try and spend ‘alone time’ with each of our children at various times.  It may be ‘Mommy/child’ time or ‘Mommy & Daddy/child’ time.  Either way, whether [...]

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The Power of Television

Posted by mwallach on January 16, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, There are numerous reasons why we, as parents, should limit the amount of television our kids watch.  Besides the obvious ones, it also seems that on a daily basis, someone tries to convince me that there is a new product – or toy – that we need to buy for our house.   My [...]

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Let Me Check My Calendar

Posted by mwallach on January 14, 2011 in New To You, Tribe Members

Dear That’s Life, A case of mistaken identity can often be very funny or be very embarrassing. About two months ago I struck up a conversation in a parking lot with a man I thought was a neighbor of mine – except it was not. I stood there talking for a good couple of minutes, and [...]

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A Call in the Dark

Posted by mwallach on January 13, 2011 in My Kids, New To You, Tribe Members

Dear That’s Life, Like all parents, we may be woken in the middle of the night by one of our children for a variety of reasons. Someone could have had a nightmare or someone could have had an accident. Both are real possibilities and both have to be dealt with in their own way. I [...]

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So Much for the Snow Angels

Posted by mwallach on January 12, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, There’s nothing like the moment when you open an informational packet that comes with a new medication and read that, “kidney function decreases with age.”  Trust me. It’s a real pick-me-up. After sharing that disclaimer with my doctor, he reminded me that unfortunately, our bodies do not get better with age.  I insisted [...]

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There’s a Storm Front Comin’

Posted by mwallach on January 11, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, Well, well, well.  School has already been cancelled because it is snowing – again. The truth is that I am not complaining.  I mean, I would prefer to put my kids on the bus in the morning and wave as they drive away.  But I like the snow.  I like watching it [...]

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Mondrian, Who?

Posted by mwallach on January 10, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, Despite the famous book title that would argue to the contrary, all I needed to learn I did not learn in kindergarten. Someone taught me to read at some point and I remember using Ivory Snow clothing detergent to make snow come to life on a finger painting project. After that, I [...]

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Miriam Ali

Posted by mwallach on January 9, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, As a self-proclaimed gym rat, it is very rare that a day goes by without exercising for at least an hour. Some people prefer to workout at home – and some people prefer not to work out at all. I bought my husband a hammock for Father’s Day a number of years [...]

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Did Somebody Say, ‘Tequilla’?

Posted by mwallach on January 9, 2011 in New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, There are a number of different conveniences that help us through our every day lives.  Some come at an extra cost and some are free of charge.  There are multiple dry cleaners who will pick-up and deliver to your door.  Some restaurants and businesses in the area will bring your order out [...]

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For Cryin’ Out Loud

Posted by mwallach on January 9, 2011 in New To You

  Dear That’s Life,   Please tell me who decided to fund the study published this week, which reported that men are turned off by a woman’s tears. Just raise your hand and tell me who you are. If my tax dollars had anything to do with that research, I want a full refund and [...]

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Retail Therapy

Posted by mwallach on January 6, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, I never thought of t-shirts as blank canvasses, waiting for an artist to create a masterpiece. But I am not a fashionista and to me, clothing is more about practicality and less about making a statement. Little did I know that not only was I wrong, but that a t-shirt could bring [...]

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