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A Temporarily Full Empty Nest

This summer, for one week, we had all three of our children living in the house at once. This was a rare event. When our oldest son went to college in Chicago, he, of course, came back home on holidays and vacations. But he hasn't really lived here since 2004 when,...

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Fresh Off the Boat Went Off the Rails

I really used to like Fresh Off the Boat, a sitcom about the Huangs, a Chinese family relocating to Orlando in the 1990s, based on the life of Eddie Huang. (Okay, maybe Jessica, the Mom, has too much Tiger in her, but Constance Wu usually steals the show.) And, being...

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A Hospital Thanksgiving

My father died on Thanksgiving 18 years ago in a hospital decorated with orange crepe paper streamers and cardboard images of pilgrim hats and turkeys. He was two weeks shy of 93, but had been active and alert until he was 90. My mother had died 30 years before, and...

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Terracotta Daughters

My daughter called me Friday just as my husband and I were entering a downtown gallery. We had gone to see an amazing installation: “Terracotta Daughters” by French sculptor Prune Nourry. The exhibit consists of 116 statues, lined up in rows, modeled on eight real...

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Poet Mark Kraushaar Writing About Writing

What are you working on?I’m always either revising poems that were abandoned in the middle of failing or, of course, working on new poems. I’ve been at work on a poem now based on a photo I once saw of a young man on a Triumph motorcycle polishing the tank while just...

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My So-Called Writing Process

Thanks so much to Deborah Clearman for inviting me to participate in the writing process blog tour--and not to pour cold water over my head.Here goes:1) What I’m supposed to be working onI am “working” very sporadically on a new young adult novel with an element of...

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A Tree Dies in Brooklyn

This morning men in hard hats and lime-green rain suits arrived in bright orange trucks. One truck carried a cherry picker, the other a wood chipper. They blocked off our street. The tree outside our house had died (been killed, we think), and the City had sent a team...

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Traditionally Underrepresented

It’s May 1, people. Yes, May Day. But, if you have a child who applied to college this year, today is significant for another reason. It’s Decision Day. Deposit Day. Damn But They’re Really Leaving Home Day. I thought we were going to have to wait until 11:59 tonight...

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She’s Leaving Home

Just a short while ago my 17-year-old daughter left to go to Greenwich Village for a Princess Valentine’s Day party with a group of friends, fellow seniors from her high school. The rule was to wear a dress in pink or purple—later stretched to allow red—and bring a...

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Too Many Cooks–Make a Wonderful Thanksgiving

Yesterday, I cooked Thanksgiving dinner with my son, daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law-to-be, and daughter, with a slight assist from my granddaughter-to-be (a five-year-old who’s a whiz at snapping green beans in half).  Not too many cooks, but we had to take numbers...

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