May 2013

Today’s New York Times Well Blog carries an article about “Fat Talk,” that pernicious conversation that most women in my demographic have been schooled in since we were teenagers. Here are the rules of this incredibly destructive sort of conversation, carried on all day long among otherwise sane and competent women: 1. If you are […]

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Mother 101

May 12, 2013

June piles the children into a canoe on an Adirondack lake in 1949.  Black flies fill the air, biting and buzzing their little heads.  Being outdoors is good for you, she teaches, without saying a word.  I am decades in the future, my girls decades more.  But the lessons began long before they were needed, […]

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I’m trapped in a kitchen with eleven teenagers,  unable to speak a word.  Two are stirring pans over a hot stove, two are grating cheese (their fingers getting closer and closer to the blade as I type.)  Six are wielding knives, dangerously close to chopping off their own fingers.  Several of them are singing Justin […]

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On Empathy and Shoes

May 7, 2013

“Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children….you children last night made Walter Cunningham stand in my shoes for a minute.  That was enough.”    —   Atticus Finch, speaking to his children, in To Kill a Mockingbird   Teenagers are famously lacking in empathy.  Their inability to see another’s perspective is our chief complaint […]

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A short excerpt from the Camp Fail S’More Spring Brochure Parents, do you live in dread of raising spoiled, whining, coddled brats like those insufferable tennis-champion Cogburn twins down the block? Are you worried that your children will graduate from college only to buckle at the least whiff of challenge and come running to you for health […]

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After a year of blogging the first draft, and three years of edits, my book is finally here! Home Away: A Year of Misapprehensions, Transformations, and Rosé at Lunch. Read it. Love it. Review it on Amazon.  Now we can say, for real, Launa Wrote.

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