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Mary Novaria
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How I Let My Father Take His Secrets to the Grave
This piece first appeared in the Huffington Post.  This is my fifteenth Father's Day without my dad. He died of heart failure four days before St. Patrick's Day, a couple of months shy of his 79th birthday, and after a year of hospice care. He took his last...
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Au revoir, chérie... 
I’ve met a lot of people in the 2½ years I’ve lived in LA, and one of the best of the lot was Karen. We met at a writer’s workshop put on by our mutual friend Vicki Abelson a couple of years ago. Each month, Karen and I were ...
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I Thought There'd Be More Lunches
I’ve met a lot of people in the 2½ years I’ve lived in LA,
and one of the best of the lot was Karen. We met at a writer’s workshop put on
by our mutual friend Vicki Abelson a couple of years ago. Each month, Karen and
I were part of a group of women gathere...
I’ve met a lot of people in the 2½ years I’ve lived in LA, and one of the best of the lot was Karen. We met at a writer’s workshop put on by our mutual friend Vicki Abelson a couple of years ago. Each month, Karen and I were ...
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The Drapers lived in Ossining, N.Y., and so did we beginning in 1963. Before that, we lived in a Bronx apartment building on Fordham Hill, a place I hadn't thought of in years....
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Requiem for Three Cats
The three white, plastic boxes were nestled into a larger
brown, cardboard box labeled “office” with a black Sharpie and stacked among hundreds of other cartons in a moving van, along with more than two decades
worth of furniture, household goods, and memor...
The three white, plastic boxes were nestled into a larger brown, cardboard box labeled “office” with a black Sharpie and stacked among hundreds of other cartons in a moving van, along with more than two decades worth of furni...
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32 Ways to Reclaim Your Sanity When a Move Goes Terribly Wrong
This piece first appeared in the Huffington Post. They say moving is one of life's greatest stressors -- right up there with death and divorce. I'd like to see the stats on moving as a cause of death and divorce because if anything will make you feel murder...
This piece first appeared in the Huffington Post. They say moving is one of life's greatest stressors -- right up there with death and divorce. I'd like to see the stats on moving as a cause of death and divorce because if...
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How An Unexpected Encounter Turned Around My Lonely Mother's Day Weekend
This piece first appeared in the Huffington Post. I was on the verge of succumbing to a Mother's Day pity party. My kids and my mother live more than half a continent away. I ached with missing them and, frankly, I was feeling sorry for myself. I also had a...
This piece first appeared in the Huffington Post. I was on the verge of succumbing to a Mother's Day pity party. My kids and my mother live more than half a continent away. I ached with missing them and, frankly, I was fe...
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I Thought There'd Be More Lunches
I’ve met a lot of people in the 2½ years I’ve lived in LA,
and one of the best of the lot was Karen. We met at a writer’s workshop put on
by our mutual friend Vicki Abelson a couple of years ago. Each month, Karen and
I were part of a group of women gathere...
I’ve met a lot of people in the 2½ years I’ve lived in LA, and one of the best of the lot was Karen. We met at a writer’s workshop put on by our mutual friend Vicki Abelson a couple of years ago. Each month, Karen and I were ...
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When Don Draper began showing up on Sunday night television, his visage shook loose the earliest memories I had of my dad. It's not that the "Mad Men" protagonist is my father's doppelgänger, exact...
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Requiem for Three Cats
Sandwich generation caregiver blogs about family, friendship and life as a work in progress..
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Let's be gentle with ourselves this winter... 
With apologies to T.S. Eliot, April is not the cruelest month. February is far more foreboding. Even as hope springs eternal, Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow. We're tempted to crawl back into our proverbial holes and, if we have no sweetheart, we m...
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A Work in Progress. Living between two slices of bread without losing my mind and, hopefully, maintaining a sense of humor and some semblance of grace.
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    Journalism, 1977 - 1982
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Scrabble, we have a problem.
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Putting the People Ahead of Privilege
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Open letter from Dani Shapiro: “Dear Disillusioned Reader Who Contacted ...
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"I’m sorry that my life as outlined by Google did not line up in synchronicity with the narrative of my memoir"

'This Thanksgiving Retail Craze Represents The Opposite Of Counting Our ...
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Some of my friends can't wait for the holidays. The rest can't wait for them to be over. It's no wonder we're conflicted. We've allowed our

Making Sense of "Social"
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I’m going a little off topic today, but this is still in the category of observation. How did you learn about the Asiana crash in San Franci

When It Comes to Redheads, Color Me Smitten
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I've got paintings of redheads on my walls and seek out gifts and cards with photos and drawings of those luscious locks. So naturally, I to

Huff/Post50 - Life Begins at 50
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Read the best blogs and join the conversation on topics that matter most to baby boomers: health, retirement, love, sex, parenting and grand

How My Anxiety Nearly Ruined My Family Vacation
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Even with dozens of family trips under my belt, I still can't get myself or the rest of my brood out of the house without a meltdown. And I'

What I Learned in the Move -- Mama Needs a Village, Too
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I had bruises the day after my first massage in L.A., the result of some heretofore unknown (by me, anyway) brand of stabbing, poking bodywo

My Enquiring Mind Needs to Know When to Shut Up
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It could be the reporter in me, trained to ask questions, or maybe I was born this way. Perhaps, as a child, I found the answer, "because I

Unfinished Business
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When I started this blog, I thought I might make it a decorating thing. Paint choices, pillows that I've sewn, crafts for every holiday. My

Caddyshack
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My brother, Terry, is a great golfer. So good in fact that he still competes and often wins tournaments. His interest started when he made t

Why Living Between Two Slices Of Bread Was What I Expected
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I was furious about all of it -- my mother's incapacity, my daughter's teenage angst -- and the fact that I couldn't fix any of it. I am the

Proud of My Daughter and Hopeful for Women
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My daughter voted yesterday for the very first time. I think I was more excited about it than Hannah was, although she took it very seriousl

Earthquake: 3.4 quake strikes near Beverly Hills
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A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Friday morning near Beverly Hills, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occu