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Too Much Time on My Hands? Not Exactly.

Posted by mwallach on July 29, 2011 in New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, I am usually good at providing a distraction for others in need. Whether at work or in the middle of some major deadline, I am the right person to call when you need a break. It is therefore unusual for me to need someone else to distract me, rather than being able [...]

 
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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Posted by mwallach on July 25, 2011 in My Kids

Dear That’s Life, Like the repeated working and strengthening of a muscle, one’s performance is supposed to improve with the repetition of a particular act. It is therefore unclear, after numerous visiting days in sleepaway camp and trips upstate, why I havebeen unable to perfect the experience. At this point it should be a science, [...]

 
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Sunny-side up or Scrambled – I’m Taking Orders

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

Dear That’s Life, Although it is probably not good for business, I have often said I am my own best audience. Some may think my giggling on the air is nervous laughter, but it’s not. Pathetic as it may be, I crack myself up. I do certain things to amuse myself, knowing that even if [...]

 
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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

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

Dear That’s Life, Has anyone else been praying for snow? I am not one of those people who complains when a foot of white, powdery goodness falls from the sky and is dumped on my front lawn. Trying to determine why people love summer is therefore a mystery. I can’t take off my skin in [...]

 
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Tradition, Tradition!

Posted by mwallach on July 20, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, At the end of what felt like an interminable fast day (how’s THAT for a contradiction in terms), it seems a bit staged that I have poured my coffee into my beloved “It’s All Good” coffee mug. There’s something insanely ironic about my choice, though it may have come down to simply [...]

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Not The Craziest Person on the Subway

Posted by mwallach on July 19, 2011 in New To You, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, New Yorkers are used to the strange and unusual. Whether on the subway or on the street, there is something always going on, all of which infrequently registers with onlookers as out of the ordinary. That is part of what we’re is all about. Having recently completed a 5 mile charity run [...]

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3rd Floor, Swimwear

Posted by mwallach on July 15, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere

Dear That’s Life, There is nothing like a water park to better one’s self-image. That is just the reality. Regardless of how bad you think you look in a bathing suit, you can bet that there is always someone who looks worse. I am not sure what about water slides and tubing enables otherwise inhibited [...]

 
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Renewed

Posted by mwallach on July 14, 2011 in New To You

Dear That’s Life, The momentary inability to find the right words with which to express myself is an unnerving feeling for someone like me. Having already invoked my former graduate school advisor’s sage advice to “type, then delete,” I wonder how many times I can stop and start the same piece. To date, this is [...]

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When There Are No Words

Posted by mwallach on July 13, 2011 in New To You, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, I am not in the habit of checking Facebook before I brush my teeth, but something made me do it this morning. Within moments, I was alerted to the horrific news from Brooklyn, the realization of any parent’s worst nightmare. I would like to think that this tragedy, this unspeakable crime, is [...]

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Time Stands Still

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

Dear That’s Life, For the first time in almost six years, my husband and I went on a vacation without our children. I wondered if I would feel badly about not taking them with us or if I would have trouble walking out the door, JFK my destination. Would I have to fight back tears [...]

 
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Whistling While I Work

Posted by mwallach on July 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Dear That’s Life, Paying recently at a department store counter, the woman helping me commented that she used to wear high-heeled shoes all day. “I used to run to the train in heels,” she said. However, those days were over, she explained, not just because her body could no longer take it, but because she [...]

 
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Please Silence Your Child

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

Dear That’s Life, I have played the role of ‘parent on plane with screaming child’ way too many times. Ear infections, temper tantrums, or simply suffering from exhaustion, almost anything can set off one of my children on a crowded flight. On an empty flight they’re great, nary a peep be heard from any of [...]

 
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Hangin’ with Kim and Khloe? Not Exactly.

Posted by mwallach on July 2, 2011 in My Kids

Dear That’s Life, Every time I hear the theme song for a kids television show watched over and over again in my home, I wonder in what alternate universe does summer vacation really exist for 104 days. It seems to me that getting kids ready for sleep away camp and packing trunks is a chore [...]

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