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Jun15

Filling my life with song

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For my father’s 37th birthday my mother recorded me, then three years old, singing “You Light Up My Life” from beginning to end, word for word. That is the first song I have any memory of, and that cassette tape proves that my flair for the dramatic started perhaps a little too early. By the […]

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Jun14
Call to Action

Call to Action

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By Isabel Kallman Parenting is important, work is important and support for children is important. —Marian Wright Edelman. I’ve had that quote pinned to my bulletin board for some time now, for inspiration and strength. Because, as I’m sure you’ve read, there’s a revolution brewing. I’m not going to start writing about any so-called “Mommy […]

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Jun10
Because “Classic” is Just Another Word for “Reruns”

Because “Classic” is Just Another Word for “Reruns”

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Amalah is traveling to New York City this week on a top-secret anti-leggings guerrilla mission. Or possibly she is just drinking a lot of wine. Either way, this week’s column features some of her favorite questions from past Smackdowns. Dear Amalah, I don’t know if I’m the only fingers-applying-foundation person to think this after reading […]

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Jun06

Rehabilitation

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In the Spring of 2002 my husband and I were standing in the lobby of the SPCA in Pasadena, CA when a woman walked in with the tiniest, furriest puppy on her shoulder. We were in the midst of trying to fill out an application that would indicate whether or not we were fit enough […]

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May30

Because I Seriously Doubt Many Bunny Rabbits Have Under-Eye Dryness Problems

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Amalah- I’m not much of a make-up type person. I’ve pretty much struggled with bad acne most of my life (like since age 9) but that’s for another blog. Anyway, I’ve finally found a moisturizer I like and things are going grand. Except is still seems like I’m getting a lot of dryness right around […]

May26

The Man in the Machine

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During the pre-release press frenzy of Mission Impossible: III I watched an interview with the director, J.J. Abrams, wherein he said that he had wanted to set out not to make a movie about a spy but instead a movie about a man who was a spy. Interestingly, Tom Cruise, the actor who would be […]

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