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Boyfriends / Preschool Through 1st Grade

My mother teased me once that I had more boyfriends from preschool through first grade than the rest of my life combined! In preschool day camp, my first crush called me, "my little teapot". Who wouldn't adore someone so sweet…

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Hanging Out With Myself

Did you ever carve out your own private sanctuaries when you were growing up, and wanted to hang out with yourself? I found nooks and crannies everywhere. At five years old, I tucked myself inside my bedroom closet, then slid…

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An Apple For My Teacher

Whenever my mother bought apples, she rinsed and polished them until they shone, then artfully arranged them in a bowl. It was a simple gesture, but she loved the ritual of honoring the fruit, and of making it special for…

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Turkey Notes

When I remember Thanksgiving at Bawby's and Zady's house, some of my favorite parts were the visuals, and the warmth. The gorgeously set dining table that...to the little girl I was...seemed to stretch on forever. Happily falling into the color…

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My Boyfriend's Locker

All my life, people have laughed at my klutziness, but I never understood why until a friend stopped laughing long enough to tell me, "I'm sorry, but it's because you look so sophisticated that it's almost comedic."

To which another…

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A White Purse Without A Green Gun On it

Have you ever looked at who you were as a child, and felt like you were looking in a mirror? Because you're basically the same person you were then? And because you've returned to doing what you loved back then…

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The Lipstick That Could Change My Life

I'll never forget standing beside a friend in Woolworths, mesmerized by a makeup display of gleaming gold tubes of tangerine colored gloss. Mesmerized, and longing to buy a Tangee Lipstick so badly. Because it was Tangee, the lipstick for seventh…

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Growing Up - Scenes From A Sitcom

Have you ever looked back at vignettes of your childhood and teen years, and thought they looked like scenes from a sitcom? Or said, "Awww," because even as an adult you still feel exactly the same at times?

I'm going…

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Even In My Dreams

Last night, I dreamed that a group of people looked at me with total disdain, and nodded in agreement as one woman sneered, "You didn't even cook—you made instant potatoes out of a box. And now the whole house…

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Frosting

When I was growing up, I felt like frosting without the cake—and not great frosting at that. I knew I was pretty because I saw it in the mirror sometimes. (Although I felt that the image stayed right…

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Me In A Sound Bite

If you asked me to describe myself in a sound bite, I'd tell you, "My soul is my bottom line—and I'm not even joking."

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The Amber, The Sand, And The Light

At Laguna Beach, while happily playing in the amber light in the waves, I noticed that the amber in my ring refused to play along. Like a pouty child, it sulked even in the brilliance of the sun; and stubbornly…