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King of Hearts

posted Friday July 27th, 2012

Many years ago, my colleague Paul Rubin profiled a local pediatric cardiac surgeon for our paper, Phoenix New Times. The headline was “Prince of Hearts.” But to me, it’s Paul who’s the prince of hearts. Maybe even the king. You should read his article about Michael Teodori. It’s a wonderful piece of journalism, well written and the […]


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Short Sighted

posted Monday March 21st, 2011

A while back, I was having dinner at a downtown Phoenix restaurant with two of my best girlfriends. Someone who knew someone at the table stopped to say hi. “Hey, what’s with the book club?” he asked, laughing. We looked at each other. It took us a minute — he was making fun of the […]


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Hanukkah Miracles, Large and Small

posted Wednesday December 1st, 2010

The nurse looked hard at me, then at Sophie. “Doesn’t her dad usually bring her?” she asked. “Yes,” I said. “He does. But he’s out of town today.” I thought it was sweet that she remembered Ray, since it’s been a whole year since Sophie’s last cardiologist appointment. A YEAR. That’s big in our world. […]


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Party Down

posted Friday October 8th, 2010

I left school yesterday morning with a knot in my stomach, for the dumbest of reasons. There were plenty of good reasons, trust me. It wasn’t because I’d had to practically peel Sophie off my leg and push her up the stairs to get her to go to class — for no particular reason. It […]


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A Week’s Worth of Questions — 1. Thyroid?!

posted Tuesday September 7th, 2010

Watching my mother instruct Annabelle to blow a party horn at our family dinner last night — in lieu of Rosh Hashana’s shofar – I was reminded yet again that I really have to get on that whole Jewish education thing. But before that (and apologies, Higher Being, if you do in fact exist) there are […]


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Vision Therapy

posted Thursday May 20th, 2010

Vision therapy. Now, that’s something I think all new parents — particularly parents of kids with Down syndrome — could use. A little coaching through the process of envisioning the future, jumping ahead, fretting over something that might (or might not) happen years or decades from now. But that’s not what I’m talking about here. […]


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Thank You, Dr. Heimlich

posted Wednesday May 12th, 2010

Of course it’s going to happen when you least expect it. I can never seem to remember that. Annabelle was invited to a birthday party last night. Normally I’m not a fan of the school night birthday party, but this was one of her best friends, Bhavini — a BFF since kindergarten — and chances are […]


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A Little Bird Told Me

posted Wednesday February 17th, 2010

True story. Sophie is home sick. It’s just a cold, but on Sophie, a cold is something special. Ever seen a projectile sneezer? I can’t believe what comes out of that teeny tiny nose. I was pondering the fact that it might be time to head to the pediatrician to get an antibiotic (ah, the joy […]


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Ghost Story

posted Monday February 1st, 2010

Maybe it was because I was reading a ghost story at the time (specifically, “Spooky Little Girl” – the latest book by my dear friend, the prolific and hilarious Laurie Notaro — it’ll be out in April) or maybe it’s just because I scare easily. But I literally jumped and squealed when I looked inside a blue plastic bag shoved […]


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Orthotic Art

posted Wednesday January 27th, 2010

Depsite my best (well, ok, half-hearted) attempts to love Phoenix, sometimes it doesn’t happen. But one thing I do adore about this town is how damn small it is — and when you have kids, you discover that over and over, in unexpected ways. Turns out, Sophie’s teacher’s brother-in-law runs the coolest record store in town.  […]


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