Tuesday, October 15, 2013
When we were married, my husband and I moved into a house that had never been lived in before. No nicks in the woodwork, no carpet stains, no glow-in-the-dark constellations stuck to the ceiling. A blank slate for a new marriage. We marveled over its pristine condition, breathing in that new-house smell and sprawling across [...]
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Somewhere along the line, as college-admission rates plunged and smartphones proliferated, “busy” became code for “important.” We got the sense that doing more means doing better. We fed into the flattery, the idea that a busy person is in demand – qualified, experienced, needed, loved. The person with the fullest calendar wins. Even our social [...]
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Moving into a senior home can be the ultimate indignity. With the hefty monthly bill comes a hundred little losses – of the car keys, of the backyard, of all the familiar nooks and crannies: ticks on the pantry wall tracking the kids’ upward ascent; the Christmas-tree corner; the candy drawer; the cat’s favorite window [...]
Mon, Jul 15, 2013
Father Dave Korth’s dad had been declining for five years. That was the slow, haunting grip of dementia. The stories Leonard loved to tell had started to unravel. Something was missing from the hardy Nebraska farmer, so his wife and seven children began to wrap him in a patchwork of goodbyes. His early-morning death one [...]
Sat, Jun 15, 2013
It should come as no surprise that the story of how the Domino’s Pizza founder met his wife involves pizza. But indulge me in the details. It was a Monday night in early February, 1962, and the phones weren’t ringing at Tom Monaghan’s pizza store in Mount Pleasant, Mich., so the restless 24-year-old decided to [...]
Wed, May 15, 2013
A woman’s mind is like a teleprompter of to-dos that never stops turning. Unanswered email, unwritten thank-yous, unfolded laundry. Tupperware that needs to be washed and returned. Overdue RSVPs and expired milk. Empty gas tank, full memory card. Birthdays and deadlines, the personal and the professional knotted together beyond the point of repair. Which is [...]
Thu, Apr 15, 2010
Author’s cut of the April column Twenty Something.
Thu, Mar 4, 2010
Podcast for the March 2010 Twenty Something column Eventual Motherhood.