Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Happy Un-iversary

For 25 years—one full quarter of a century—September 30 meant something. It was the anniversary of the day I wed my childrens’ father. Then, suddenly, it was no longer an anniversary. After the divorce, it became the un-iversary, just any other day. This…

My mother told me a story about a quaint tradition in the town in Italy her family came from, where girls would wear scarves until they were married. If a boy snatched your scarf, that was a scandal and the boy would have…

LinkedOut

I have come to hate LinkedIn.  For me, it is useless; it is simply a means for people hawking “interview opportunities” who do not do their homework to see who might, or might not, actually have a job that involves interviewing people.  I…

Spiderwebs and Plastic Babies

On 9/11 I worked overnights at WNEW in NYC, 3 miles from Ground Zero. I left work to go home before the first plane hit; I watched it on TV like the rest of the country. I posted my specific memories of that…

It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy.

Can I just say…

…how crazy it feels for this Dutch-Italian-American to log in and see this listed as my dominant genetic makeup?

DNA

I recently had my genome tested at 23andme.com. If you are into genealogy, I highly recommend it. My family–and my tree, as documented as it is–always led me to believe that I was half Dutch American, half Italian American. The DNA, however, said…

Maybe all that “large frame” stuff isn’t nonsense, after all.

I am only 5’4″ yet I have broad shoulders, and a comically huge head which I always joke is necessary, to hold in all the brains. I recently got my DNA genome done, and while specific mitochondrial DNA ancestry is about 2 weeks…

To serve and protect

This is Romeo. This is Romeo after he pushed open the bathroom door to stand guard as I showered, only to have the rush of warm air from my shower set off the smoke detector in the hallway. So this is Romeo’s “oops…

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