How Would You Describe Yourself in Five Words?

The other day, I was thinking about this funny quote from Nora Ephron: “We have a game we play when we’re waiting for tables in restaurants, where you have to write the five things that describe yourself on a piece of paper. When I was [in my twenties], I would have put: ambitious, Wellesley graduate,…

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The Perennial Nature of the Relationships That Matter

I don’t have an immense amount of friends. I’m not the kind of person who acquires a friend during each new phase of my life, collecting them along the way like souvenirs from places I’ve visited. Nor would I ever have a birthday party with fifty of my closest friends and family members—and I like…

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8 Ways to Teach Kids About Giving

Earlier this month, eight-year-old Anton was making his holiday wishlist. “A mini basketball,” he wrote carefully. “And a diamond necklace that spells ‘legend.’” Of course, those things are undeniably cool, but as a parent, year round and especially during the holiday crush, I want to help my kids foster a sense of gratitude and generosity…

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What Board Games Do You Like Playing With Kids?

Recently, our family has gotten into Guess Who, the classic game where you ask yes-or-no questions (“Is your person wearing a hat?” “Does your person have blonde hair?”) to figure out the other player’s character. We can pass some serious time playing this, and we all enjoy it, even the grown-ups. Here are 11 other…

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Win 4 of My Favorite Skin-Care Products in This Giveaway!

Hello from Minnesota, land of oh-so-dry winter air. Whenever the weather turns from chilly to definitively cold, I start to feel that unwelcome sense of tightness on my already dry skin. This year is no different and I’m doing my best to keep my skin as moisturized as possible. In the midst of this holiday…

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Have a Good Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? My mom is visiting! She had to bump back her trip a few times, so we are thrilled to have her in our clutches. When she arrived, Anton raced out of school into her arms and said, “I’ve been waiting so long for this.” Tonight we’re going to…

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I’m in Love and It’s Really Boring

As previously seen on Wit & Delight Editor’s Note: Our December theme on Wit & Delight is about relationships of all varieties—past and present, distant and close, trying and comforting. In that spirit, we’re resharing this 2019 post from contributor Brittany Chaffee. In it, she describes the particular kind of mundane beauty that is boring…

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The Night I Found a Lump in My Breast

How do you know your dog is dead? My mother was concerned and texting me about her elderly dog. I asked if he was breathing and no, Wilbur was not breathing. He had collapsed soon after peeing. I told my mother to put a towel over him and I would be there as soon as…

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