Embrace the Lemon Cheesecake! by Susan Shifay Cheung


Recently, I saw a funny cartoon entitled “The Seven Dwarves of Menopause” and they were duly named: Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful and Psycho! Having experienced all these states, I’m either approaching early menopause, or it’s some deep seated anxiety about my birthday! This birthday I can’t say I’m in my early anything anymore. I think the old-fashioned, polite phrase would be to describe me as a woman of indeterminate age. Okay, you can call me vain, but when the young man in the grocery store called me “Miss” instead of the usual “Ma’am,” I beamed at him. I…

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So long “What ifs” “Had I onlys” and “Why didn’t I’s”


Tonight is New Year’s Eve. That magical time of year when we bid one year good bye and welcome a new one. At the stroke of midnight, many will sing Auld Lang Syne, wishing away the regrets, applaud our contentments and embracing optimism for 2012. As a Mom, this is my favorite time of year. I enjoy it more than Mother’s Day, my birthday and even Tax Free Weekend. Because on New Year’s Eve, I am reminded to let go of all those “What if I ….” or “Had I only done…” and “Why didn’t I…” of 2011. I can…

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Spring Cleaning in February


Well, I suppose it is never too early for Spring cleaning. Since our daughter’s birthday coincides with Christmas we have a lot of new things at the house. We also have a lot of old things now too which can be a bit overwhelming for a four year old…and definitely not in keeping with the Montessori methodology of simplicity. It’s also overwhelming for her parents! So….to the donation station we went this week and now we have room to breathe again….aahhhh (I also discovered some dust bunnies–oh, well). When does your Spring cleaning begin or is it a year round…

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