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Monday, May 23,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

False solutions

Waving goodbye to the yellow school bus

By Aaryn Belfer
Trying to get a decent public education for your child in this city is like walking up a down escalator. On crutches. While simultaneously patting your head and rubbing your tummy.
Wednesday, May 11,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Onions

A Mother’s Day story

By Aaryn Belfer
Each year on this day, my mother asked for the exact same thing, which was to be left alone—preferably on our sun deck in her seasons-old threadbare bikini, with a tube of Bain de Soleil, a crossword puzzle and an issue of Vogue on the ground next to her lounger and a Tab poured over ice.
Wednesday, April 27,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Going home

Planting my feet on familiar but not familiar ground

By Aaryn Belfer
As sad as some moments were, my trip to the homeland was a real-life version of The Twilight Zone, an adventure in the surreal.
Wednesday, April 13,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Put down the glass

Kate Hudson inadvertently sparks new legislation

By Aaryn Belfer
Late last week, Radar Online posted photos of a pregnant Kate Hudson drinking a glass of what looked like red wine while vacationing with her boyfriend in Argentina.
Wednesday, March 30,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Spa schma

No mud masks or hot-stone massages for this girl

By Aaryn Belfer
When it comes to self-indulgence, there are three types of people in the world.
Tuesday, March 15,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

The big scare

Is my daughter a wing nut?

By Aaryn Belfer
Any opportunity I offer my child—from walking the dog to taking piano lessons to learning about tsunamis through wild bathtub splashing (who wouldn’t want to do that?!?)—is met with a definitive oh-hell-to-the-N-O! It’s unbearably frustrating to be on the receiving end of such assholery.
Wednesday, March 2,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Undervalued

The absurdity of teacher as scapegoat

As I write this, the battle between the mouth-breathing governor of Wisconsin and American workers is raging.
Wednesday, February 16,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

The palm pilot

Who needs church when you have an app?

One of my daughter’s schoolmates walked up to me the other day, her blue eyes wide, and apropos of nothing, said, “If you don’t go to church, you can’t know God.”
Wednesday, February 2,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

I love my snowbirds

My in-laws are here to stay

By Aaryn Belfer
Wednesday, January 19,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Why fight it?

How to grow old with flair and no apologies

 
 
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