Category Archives: parent-grown child relationship

the young artist’s life ain’t what it used to be

The juxtaposition of two articles about the creative life in the big city in today’s New York Times — one by the musician and artist David Byrne, the other by his daughter Malu, a jewelry designer — makes clear the … Continue reading

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freezing eggs that are already past their sell-by date

Lord knows I can empathize with the sentiment that drives the middle-aged parents featured in yesterday’s New York Times story : “So Eager for Grandchildren, They’re Paying the Egg-Freezing Clinic.” I, too, am eager for grandchildren: 58 years old, with two grown … Continue reading

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a twenty-something with cancer

Not until I read the column in The New York Times today by a 23-year-old with leukemia did I think about this version of being twenty-something — being acutely and possibly mortally ill at this tender age. It goes against … Continue reading

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which comes first, motherhood or adulthood?

Do you need to be fully adult before you start having babies, or is it having babies that helps turn you into an adult? That’s the question Sam and I wrote about on the Motherlode blog at nytimes.com. (Part of … Continue reading

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look up from the damn phone

Fear of missing out on something better going on somewhere else — a better party, a more interesting conversation, a more gripping movie — is no doubt part of being young. For me it goes as far back elementary school, … Continue reading

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tiny furniture, adult-sized problems

Last week Sam and I went on a mother-daughter excursion to see a film about a mother and her daughter.  The IFC Film Center was sold out, even though it was a rainy Tuesday evening, but we seemed to be … Continue reading

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hovering confessions

Yesterday’s “Lives” column in The New York Times Magazine was probably meant to be humorous, and it was, sort of.  But did the author realize how much she was revealing about herself in these stories about her adventures in “helicopter … Continue reading

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