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My Pediatrician Said What?

You could treat her cold with something homeopathic? It was the last thing I expected out of the mouth of my pediatrician. Or was it? Suddenly I’m Chazz Palminteri at the end of The Usual Suspects. Bits and pieces of our past conversations are now in sharp relief: Takoma Park …

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What to Expect When You Have a Baby in Portlandia

Apparently Portland, Oregon is the second best city to have a baby. So sayeth our evil overlords at Watch What Happens Live! No wait. That’s not it. I meant What To Expect When You’re Expecting.  Portland, Oregon is second on the list — sandwiched in between San Francisco and Boise …

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Hanukkah is Not Your Christmas Side Dish!

I have a question for all of you folks who celebrate Christmas, in part, by celebrating the holidays and traditions of others. Are you still interested in Judaism or anything remotely related to Jewish culture once Christmas is over? Does your cultural curiosity extend beyond Judaism? Do you know anything …


Ten Stupid Bullshit Things I’d Like To Leave Behind in 2013

I have no resolutions this year. Because I am doing me. Accepting that my ass resembles a pillow pet. Investing in spanx. I do, however, have a few great fantasies for 2014. I fantasize that my pediatrician will take back her advice to treat my daughter’s cold with homeopathy. Gah …

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Parenting Fail #4,275: Greek Yogurt Cures Gayness!

Keep it simple folks. Don’t try to be clever. It never ends well for us parental types. Ok, maybe it just never ends well for me. I’m driving my son to school when I start to wonder, out loud, whether the kids at school these days have any opinions about …

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F#[email protected] the Birth Experience

A couple of years ago I wrote an essay about how my perception of the “birth experience” had changed from the birth of my first kidlet by c-section to the event of my triumphant VBAC. Spoiler alert: VBAC, SHMEEBAC. That essay eventually became a story that I told onstage — …