The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.
-James Baldwin

The guilt gene

by lesliedinaberg on August 26, 2011

G-U-I-L-T should really be a four-letter word. Years ago, when I was in full-blown rebellious teenage daughter mode, I jotted this quote down from Katherine Lee: “If there’s anything that can match the heights of mother-love, it’s the depths of mother-guilt.” Boy is that ever true. I was raised on a diet of guilt. Sure, […]

What’s in a name?

by lesliedinaberg on August 12, 2011

“Manroot” and “Roadkill” were my husband’s favorite baby names when I was pregnant. I could never quite tell if he was serious- especially when he would wax rhapsodic about all the umlauts we could crow “root” with. I just laughed, as I blew off those suggestions as best I could, and continued looking at naming […]