All these thoughts…

Well, so, just like anything in parenting, we have our ups and we have our downs, and often they come in rapid succession.  Just yesterday I was fawning over my son's genius, basking in the glow of his awesomeness...   And today, I was sent crashing down from Olympus with astonishing velocity. His teacher called. She … Continue reading All these thoughts…

Teaching kids about illness: when vague explanations just don’t cut it

My son just never ceases to amaze me.  And my daughter, too.  And also, how different they are.  In yet another installment of "My child is a genius," I bring you this story.  It really belongs in the "Sh*t my son says" section, but it's too long and too great to stick there. First, a … Continue reading Teaching kids about illness: when vague explanations just don’t cut it

Discussing everyday existentialism: a few theories

  I remember in high school AP English class, stumbling upon existentialist literature--Sartre and Camus, to be exact--and being utterly stunned.  Existentialism is the idea that the human being, is not defined by the world around him, rather, the world around him is defined by the individual.  "Existence before essence" is a key idea, meaning … Continue reading Discussing everyday existentialism: a few theories

The Invincible Mrs. Connelly

It was the week after 9/11. Everyone was in shock, naturally, and doing their best to climb out of their own personal hell however they could. In my mother's case, the shock manifested itself as a long-forgotten buried sensation of physical visceral fear that used to be part of the daily existence for her in … Continue reading The Invincible Mrs. Connelly

Something always works out

If you're an ordered person, you might want to know that when you have kids order goes out the window.  Take my house: there is diaper smell everywhere.  EVERYWHERE.  Toys, little sock balls, yesterday's pajamas and boxes of wipes trip me up when I try to go to the bathroom at night or make my … Continue reading Something always works out

6 points I want to make about Hamilton

As I sat there, mouth agape, and absorbed what I was seeing, and after frantically googling American history facts (like, they were in NYC? I thought it all happened in Boston...), this what my impressions are.  Take it all with a grain of salt.  EXCEPT: the sixth point.  I am dead serious about the sixth … Continue reading 6 points I want to make about Hamilton

Ain’t feelin’ the musical… till now

I think that in order to truly enjoy musicals, they must be something that a person grows up with, a part of their culture.  Then, you can really appreciate them.  I tried, as a new American, to get into musicals, and went to a few, and always I was kinda like, “What is this?  It’s … Continue reading Ain’t feelin’ the musical… till now

What it’s like to work at a prison hospital

I write a lot about surreal happenings in and around the hospital because I feel like if I don't get them down on paper, maybe, they didn't happen, and in my head, I know that they did, so I must create some solid proof of this fact. I have said this before, and I'll say … Continue reading What it’s like to work at a prison hospital