Author Archives: Jody

My 92-Year-Old Grandma’s Late-Life Political Correctness

My grandmother is going to be 92 years old in December. She grew up in Braddock, a borough near Pittsburgh that saw its population crumble from 50,000 to 5,000 in her lifetime. She grew up in a deeply Italian, Eastern … Continue reading

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In Defense of Morning People, or, 7 Ways to Avoid Getting Stabbed with a Bagel Knife

Engaging in society-wide, public loathing of morning people has always been a fun pastime. Morning people, (as we all know) typify the very worst kind of vapid, gung-ho, obnoxious teacher-pleasing go-getter: they’re not just extroverts. They take their productive extroversion … Continue reading

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What It’s Like Having a NICU Baby

I wrote this letter to a friend’s sister who has a baby in the NICU. I thought I’d share it in case it helps anyone else. I’m being terribly presumptuous writing this letter, I know, and I don’t know you … Continue reading

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A Tree Lends a Hand… Branch?

Back in the 80s, Eat’n’Park, a local franchise akin to Denny’s, began airing this commercial. The holiday season is not official without the airing of this commercial during the Macy’s Parade, and thanks to YouTube, everyone can enjoy it, even … Continue reading

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Prototyping the Kitchen, Part II

A few weeks ago, we cut a hole in the wall. We do that a lot. Last time we did it, it was to reopen a hole in our front hall–one that was in the original house. I’ll post about … Continue reading

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