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For the Times, They are a’ Changin’

Posted by mwallach on February 28, 2011 in New To You, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, It is the end of two eras. Randy Cohen’s column entitled ‘The Ethicist’ which has been a staple in The New York Times Magazine for over a decade has come to a close. Even more interesting or upsetting is that the ‘On Language’ column where William Safire found his home for years [...]

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I’m Wanted: Dead or Alive

Posted by mwallach on February 25, 2011 in New To You, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, I do not have a creative, interesting or witty way to introduce this post. Frankly, I am a little speechless. A night with Bon Jovi can do that to you. No, I was not alone with the entire band. It was not an intimate evening with Bon Jovi, unless you consider spending [...]

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Car Magnets: Less is More

Posted by mwallach on February 24, 2011 in New To You, Tribe Members

Dear That’s Life, By its very nature, the Five Towns is a more of a bungalow colony than distinct neighborhoods. Maybe because we are all yentas, to one extent or another, and maybe because we seem to run in the same circles – supermarkets, after school programs, shuls, etc. – anonymity comes at a premium. [...]

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Glory Lasts Forever

Posted by mwallach on February 23, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, Being a younger sibling is no fun. You go to bed first, drive last and are referred to as “so and so’s baby sister” for the rest of your life. I have never enjoyed it, especially the ‘not winning anything’ part. No game of scrabble, hockey, basketball or anything else. I could not [...]

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I Shouldn’t Have Skipped the Decaf

Posted by mwallach on February 22, 2011 in New To You

Dear That’s Life, I feel the need to warn you in advance: I drank a cup and a half of caffeinated coffee this morning and am feeling every bit of it. I have a policy: I do not drink anything with caffeine. Want to see me caffeinated? It’s not pretty. The earth ceases to rotate properly [...]

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A Card Carrying Member

Posted by mwallach on February 20, 2011 in New To You, Tribe Members

Dear That’s Life, I have not been to a comedy club in a very long time. No need to have someone else make jokes about his life when mine is pretty funny on its own. A good time was had by all primarily because the company was good and not because of the entertainment. The [...]

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The World is Defrosting

Posted by mwallach on February 18, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, You are not going to believe this. There is grass in my backyard. I know – it is hard to believe, but it is true. The nice weather we have had for the last couple of days has thawed out the neighborhood, revealing toys that serve as a reminder the last nice [...]

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The Unsinkable Taste of Cheerios

Posted by mwallach on February 16, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, My Kids, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, It was never my intention to raise a bunch of food snobs. It is actually not what I had planned at all.  However, it is exactly what happened – almost. A self-declared foodie, I was never interested in making “kid food” when preparing dinner.  If my husband and I were having poached [...]

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Does It Ever End?

Posted by mwallach on February 14, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, I’m convinced that chulent multiplies.  It regenerates. As much as you eat, more grows back. You can not run out of it and it is never finished. No one has ever said, “I’m sorry – we are all out of chulent.” It just cannot happen. No matter how much or how little [...]

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What to Wear?

Posted by mwallach on February 14, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, It was so hard for me to get dressed this morning.  I could not find my egg pod anywhere.  Totally forgot Gaga borrowed still had not returned it.  Seriously – what was that? And why was Katy Perry wearing wings? Maybe Rihanna being wrapped in gauze was a shout out or sign [...]

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A Two-for-One Deal

Posted by mwallach on February 13, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, Every pregnancy is different. That’s what women are told. One should not necessarily expect to have morning sickness with each child, or swollen ankles or bulging veins. (Good times.) At the same token, although your children might have the same mother and father and are a combination of the same DNA, every [...]

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Certified or Certifiable

Posted by mwallach on February 11, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You

Dear That’s Life, My magic eight ball isn’t working. I have yet to figure out what my next move is and all the usual signs I expect from the universe are slow in coming. As a person who makes things happen, it is almost impossible to just be patient. While balls are in the air [...]

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Hasta La Vista, Baby

Posted by mwallach on February 10, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You

Dear That’s Life, I’ve been fired. I would say that all good things come to an end, but they were over before the events of last Thursday. When a newspaper that has been cited by Politico and The New York Times due to its journalistic integrity and serious reporting has been reduced to something that [...]

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Big Love: Woodmere Style

Posted by mwallach on February 9, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, With my youngest in the cart, I saw someone at Costco with whom I had not spoken in years. Noticing the overflowing mound I was pushing, including fruits, vegetables and loads of milk, he asked me if I as shopping for the month. I shook my head. “For the week,” I explained. Scanning the amount [...]

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Fergie and Josh

Posted by mwallach on February 7, 2011 in My Kids, New To You, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, The Super Bowl is as American as apple pie.  Care or not who won, which commercial was the funniest or who was MVP, it just does not matter.  It may not even matter to some whether or not the vocal talent hired to sing the national anthem sang it properly or if she even knew [...]

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Lightning Strikes Twice

Posted by mwallach on February 4, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You

Dear That’s Life, Who knew lightning could strike twice? Okay, maybe not actual lightning.  But I was able to get two funny stories out of basically the same experience.  Buying vanilla beans can do that to a person. I have bought vanilla beans in the past and used them for cooking.  Having stayed with my [...]

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I’m Comin’ Home

Posted by mwallach on February 3, 2011 in My Kids, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, It is nice to go away, but it is even nicer to come home. Getting home, however, was not as easy as it should have been for many travelers who flew the coop this winter break.  The snowstorm which hit the area impeded the return of many travelers, including the Wallachs and [...]

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Smokin’ Hot

Posted by mwallach on February 2, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You

Dear That’s Life, This afternoon, I was ‘smokin’ hot.’ Ever read the names of nail polish?  They are printed on the bottom and are really quite amusing.  I wonder sometimes who stays up all night coming up with names to match the colors in the bottles that I do not often see as having any [...]

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Posted by mwallach on February 1, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You

Dear That’s Life, Gift giving can be very challenging. Finding the right gift for the right person on the right occasion – I am stressed just thinking about it. When you hit the nail on the head, however, and the present is perfect, the appreciation you receive in return makes the effort worth while. A close friend of mine [...]

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