I do not like hot flashes, Sam-I-Am. I do not like them in the bed. I do not like them in my head. I do not like them here or there. I do not like them any-fucking-where!

Perimenopause is a bitch. I can’t wait for it to be over. I can’t wait to officially be in menopause. I know what you are thinking. It’s confusing. Just know this. Menopause is after you haven’t gotten your period in 12 months. In a row. When your period stops. Permanently…

My time was 6:40:16. I couldn’t walk for days afterward and I swore I would never run a marathon again…

We watched the marathon this past Sunday. It’s a real happening here in the city. I remember being completely blown away the first time I watched it. There were people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. There were people wearing costumes and funny hats. There were people carrying banners…

I had to finish the clothing part immediately or else I wouldn’t have a place to sleep that night which is a brilliant part of the psychology of the method. Get it done. Don’t dilly-dally. Spark joy…

A few years ago, I discovered Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I was about halfway through “my year of buying nothing” which was inspired by a book by Lee Simpson, called, you guessed it, My Year of Buying Nothing.

It had been about six months and…

I spent hours in the kitchen trying to work out the correct proportions. I even called the King Arthur Baker’s Hotline for advice…

My friend’s daughter is a senior in high school and is in the middle of the college application process. She is applying to the University of Chicago where they are famous for asking quirky essay questions. One of the questions this year is, “What’s so easy about pie?”

Not that…

Now my son goes to the park by himself because he is 12 and is starting to be more independent. I knew this time would come…

There is a big park across the street from my apartment. It’s called St. Catherine’s and it has two sides. One side has benches and tables around the perimeter where people sit and talk and have lunch and sometimes birthday and office parties. There is a swing set with baby…

Some days we stayed home and made a big lunch or baked cupcakes or worked in the garden picking tomatoes or pruning our roses…

My son does not like camp. He’s not into all of that summer rah-rah stuff like playing kickball or winning color war or taking swimming tests to go from dolphin to shark level. It is probably my fault; we spent the first nine summers of his life at our house…

It was spectacular and it made me want to paint, just like him, with abandon and without judgement…

When my son was in pre-K, he had an amazing teacher. Her name was Ms. Brooks and she was creative and artsy and an all-around great teacher. She loved to blast the music — U2, One Direction, The Jackson 5, Justin Bieber — and do art projects with the children…

Lisa Dawn Angerame

Wife. Mom. Vegan. Yogi. Cook. Writer. 2x Cookbook Author Wait, That’s Vegan?! and The Vegan ABCs Cookbook

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