We Officially Have A Teen In The House!!!

I can’t believe you’re turning 13! Seems like yesterday you were in kindergarten! You no longer order from the kids’ menu, you count as an adult at amusement parks, and I shop for you in the men’s section. But you are still developing and maturing; you still haven’t quite become a young man, but you’re […]

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Love it … Love it all

Everyone grows up with their own beliefs and their own perceptions of what a true love really is. You will have all types of influences, including relationships you see your families and friends involved in, movies, TV shows, and other places as well. There are so many different things that you see, and so many […]

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On your 60th Birthday

I wish you were here today, even for just a little while, so I could say Happy Birthday Baba, and see your face one more time. The only gifts today will be the gifts you left behind; the laughter, joy and happiness, precious memories. Today I’ll do my very best to try and find a […]

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what I learned from grieving

– No matter how prepared you think you are for a death, you can never be fully prepared for the loss and the grief. – You can plan for death, but death does not always comply with our wishes or plans. – “Stop avoiding and be present”. – “Dying is not like you see on […]

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100 Things I Want To Teach My Daughter

1. Chocolate is only a temporary fix. 2. A properly fitting bra is not a luxury. It is a necessity. 3. Your happiness is your happiness and yours alone. 4. How to apply red lipstick. 5. How to wear the crap out of red lipstick. 6. A boyfriend does not validate your existence. 7. Eat […]

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Happy Mother’s Day Mamti

Mama, you will never know how much you mean to me; you have helped me in so many ways, you have given me advice when I needed it, you have made me strong when I was weak, you gave me a shoulder when I needed to cry, you have held my head when I was […]

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Awkward Situations — Vol 2: On a Plane

So I travel to LA a lot, about every 3 months or so, I always brace for the impact of encountering airline passengers; when people are treated like cattle, they can hardly be blamed for reacting like baboons.  Here, rules of engagement for the most ruthless form of travel. Pre-flight Awkward Situation: Despite the airline calling […]

8 Things I’ve Learned About Cooking Without Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar

3 months ago, if you had asked what my favorite foods were, I would have replied, bread, rice, bread, chocolate, bread … and did I mention bread and chocolate? I pitied my gluten-intolerant friends and rolled my eyes at the trendiness of “everything-free” diets. So of course it happened: I found myself struggling with health problems, […]

That Awkward Moment

In the spirit of social situations (how’s that for alliteration?), let’s address those awkward encounters that we find all too frequently — and what we can do about them. And by “we” I mean that these are true stories of my own, or friends who shall remain nameless.   Over Email Awkward Situation: You receive an […]

New Year’s Day 4 Years ago… Remembering Baba.

When my father passed away on New Year’s Day of 2010, while death had previously impacted my life, losing him was unlike any emotional pain I’d ever experienced. His death literally sucked the oxygen out of my body. It felt hard to breathe. It suddenly felt like a large chunk of who I was; my […]