Category archives for: As You Like It

As You Like It: Snowshoeing in the Streets

What a day! The sun is out, no clouds, no wind, 50 degrees. And it’s February. This is my idea of a winter that I can live with. For years I’ve said to anyone who will listen, “I wouldn’t mind the winter so much if there was no snow and the temperature stayed in the […]

As You Like It: All Through the Night

I get up at 5 a.m. every day to catch the 6:39 commuter train into Boston. That insane wake-up hour gives me time to shower, dress, eat, and make it to the train with seconds to spare. Since I’m barely conscious at that hour, I prepare everything I need for the morning the night before. […]

As You Like It: Nerdvana

A while ago I confessed that though I love Shakespeare, Arthur Miller and Chekhov, at the end of a long, stressful day all I want is a television show that helps me escape. I want to be entertained, taken completely out of my world, and if you can make me laugh, that’s a bonus. So […]

As You Like It: The Unsinkable Molly Brown

My mom always compares herself to Maggie Brown, otherwise known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Molly was traveling on the Titanic when it hit the iceberg. She refused to leave, helping others to board the lifeboats, and had to be convinced to get into Lifeboat No. 6. She was dubbed the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” by […]

As You Like It: Sick Days

People can be divided into two basic groups: those who can handle being sick and those who cannot. In our family Steve is the one who suffers in silence and I’m the total wuss. Well, maybe not total. If I’m not running a fever I’m up and working, but I’m not happy and I let […]

As You Like It: Holiday Cheer

Holidays are funny things. Thanks to our Norman Rockwell-Hallmark state of mind, we expect that they will be all American perfection complete with abundant food, well-behaved children, and gifts that we’ve always longed for. No one argues; no one is cranky or dissatisfied or sad. We create a minefield of disillusionment for ourselves. Every year […]

As You Like It: Will You Marry Me?

A couple of weeks ago I was at the Department of Education in Malden doing a STAR reading training when I heard my phone ring. I checked to see who was calling, since I was expecting a call from my assistant telling me that my GED school was on fire. Thankfully, it turned out to […]

As You Like It: Snoop-a-Loop

Our dog, Snoopy, has routines that he follows religiously. Every morning he performs his yoga stretches, visits the trees, then has breakfast. After begging for his extra piece of cheese, he goes back to sleep for the rest of the morning. Upon awakening he drives Steve crazy until our neighbor, Cheryl, comes to take him […]

As You Like It: Day of Atonement

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed and I am sitting in Temple once again asking God’s pardon for my behavior during the past year. Things are slightly different this year. Last year we joined my mom at her place of worship; this year she came with us to our service at Temple […]

As You Like It: Read for Your Life

Noisy, excited kids filled the room. They moved from box to box, searching for something they hadn’t read before. Some of the younger kids found their perfect book and plopped down to read, unable to wait for their parents to purchase it, let alone until they got it home. Parents read to young children while […]

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