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All it takes is love -- and the magical hands of a man named Randy

Subscriber onlyAbout 17 years ago, my husband Tom did a wonderful thing. For our third wedding anniversary, he booked a massage for me at a local spa. At the time, I wasn't even sure it was something I wanted, although it sounded fancy. I was in my late 20s, but I'd never had a massage. Continue reading...

The great sort of 2018: Moving process leads to yard sale goggles

Subscriber onlySince late March, we've been building a small guest home attached to the back of our house. After five months and a few frustration-fueled meltdowns, it's finally done. Over Labor Day weekend, we moved my parents into the space. Continue reading...

Humpty Dumpty house

Woman, kitchen finally reunited

Subscriber onlyIt feels good to be home. Even though we've technically been home all along, it hasn't felt that way during the past few months of home renovation. It looked the same from the outside, but the interior of the first floor was an unrecognizable maze of boxes and bins, partitions from construction zones and walls torn down to the studs. Continue reading...

Meeting of minds

Married couple enjoys telepathic connection

Subscriber onlyWhen Tom and I were young and dating, we'd sometimes notice an older couple sitting in a restaurant in total silence. We wondered if perhaps they were mad at each other and using the silent treatment. But their facial expressions didn't hint at an argument. Continue reading...

Warren issues warning

Writer opens eyes to her new reality

Subscriber onlyWarren. That was his name. I didn't know who he was, but I knew he was a very, very bad kid. Sometimes I wondered what kinds of misdeeds Warren was guilty of because I saw his name on the chalkboard every time I went to music class at Julia Shannon Elementary School in 1983. Continue reading...

Charlie's all-nighter

Subscriber onlyIt happened again. Charlie, the 6-year-old beagle whose mission in life is to make me a crazy person, escaped the fence at dusk yesterday. Continue reading...

Running with scissors — To cut or not to cut; that is the question

Subscriber onlyWomen are known for our ability to form deep and meaningful relationships. And perhaps no relationship is as complex and multi-layered as the one we have with our hair. Continue reading...

Mom chauffer celebrates happy day

Saying goodbye to drop-off line

Subscriber onlyA long-awaited day has finally come. As a woman who has spent the past five years driving her offspring to two and then three different schools during rush-hour traffic, I'm thrilled to report that the kids -- all three of them -- are now at one school. Continue reading...

Hurricane makes landfall

Writer waits out storm of renovation project

Subscriber onlyI'm typing this week's column with my laptop perched precariously on an ironing board in my bedroom. My door is shut in a futile attempt to keep out the thunderous noises happening downstairs, which no longer seem to be bothering my two dogs who are snoring softly on the bed behind me. And I'm drinking soda from a plastic Solo cup, washing forks in the bathroom sink and wondering if life will ever get back to normal. Continue reading...

Phone's facial recognition too personal

Hello, technology, it’s me, Gwen

Subscriber onlyThere are benefits to being an "early adopter" of new technologies. If you're a parent, the ability to navigate new technology makes it tougher for your teenagers to write you off as completely clueless. Continue reading...

Speed freak makes confessions

Dear Mom, I get it now … you were right

Subscriber onlyDear Mom, Continue reading...

Must-see film of year

Everyone worthy of love, kindness

Subscriber onlyIn more than 20 years of writing this column, I've never recommended a movie. Trained movie critics do it better than I ever could. Plus, people have different tastes in movies. What one person thinks is great art or entertainment, another person thinks is a snooze. Continue reading...

Decade makes difference

Driving made docile with kids’ devices

Subscriber only"It was the loudest of times, it was a stretch of silence. It was the age of babies, it was the epoch of earbuds." Continue reading...

Caught on camera

The Cloud is watching

Subscriber onlyMy friend Shannon and I recently went shopping for swimsuits at a clearance sale. Swimsuit shopping is a team sport in which you need a partner willing to grab a different size for you when you're in the dressing room, someone who will tell you the brutal truth when a swimsuit is not doing you any favors, and someone who will commiserate about the fact that trying on swimsuits is like the root canal of shopping. Continue reading...

Renovation project to be continued

Subscriber onlyTom and I have a problem. Summer television is mostly reruns, so lately we've been binge-watching episodes of Fixer Upper, Property Brothers and Love It or List It on HGTV. Continue reading...

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