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Washington D.C. 'burbs
Urban-turned-suburban mama of three kids, ages 10, 7 and 4 | Film critic | Entertainment Reporter | Writer
Interests: good movies, multi-culti books and an ever-growing list of addictive ya books, tv shows, and music.
Recent Activity
I wrote this last year, but I never shared it. Today, on Mami's Yahrzeit (we're not Jewish but it feels like the word we should all use), I thought it was time to share. Diana McRae Angulo 1941-2008 I wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Urban Mama
It's the second week of school, and I can finally breathe a sigh of relief that the fall is finally in swing. We still have a few after-school activities to begin, but otherwise the kids are off in their worlds... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Urban Mama
The week before school started, I had the chance to leave my just-serviced minivan "Rosie" (the one that was broken into) permanently parked in my driveway while I experienced the joy of living like a one-percenter, or at the very... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2012 at Urban Mama
Things are just things. They can't hold you or wipe your tears or tell you that you look breathtakingly beautiful... But some things carry with them powerful memories: the way my beloved Aunt smiled telling me about her favorite ring;... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Urban Mama
This is my daughter looking sweaty. This is not my daughter's bed. It's her very first overnight camp bed, and I have to admit I was more nervous than she at drop off yesterday. We may or may not have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Urban Mama
Taylor Kitsch has had a rough year making the leap to the big screen. His first two leading roles post-“Friday Night Lights” fame – “John Carter” and “Battleship” – turned out to be two of the year’s biggest big budget... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 6, 2012 at Urban Mama
Two days ago I almost got in a car accident. I was making a right turn at an intersection I drive by at least four times a day. It's about one mile away from my house, right in front a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2012 at Urban Mama
At the PBS Annual Meeting I was lucky enough to attend last month, the genius keynote speaker discussed how greatness is the marriage of fanatical discipline and amazing creativity. As I sat there realizing why one of my former employers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2012 at Urban Mama
It seems like every celebrity has been doing it recently, so what do I have to lose? I too will admit that I was bullied. Repeatedly. In elementary school and middle school. It's still painful to recall, even though I'm... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at Urban Mama
Hello friends -- two posts in a month! It's truly a Leap Day Miracle, as Kenneth from "30 Rock" would say. Since it's such a unique day (happy birthday and anniversary to all of the Leap Day babies and marrieds... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Urban Mama
My son is 10 today. As we like to tell him (after hearing the saying from a good friend), he's the one we've loved the longest. He's the one who taught us, through trial and error, how to be parents.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Urban Mama
Happy New Year, friends. I say friends, because those of you still reading this rarely updated blog truly are my friends. I might seem like a slacker when it comes to Urban Mama, but the truth is that I'm juggling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Urban Mama
There's something wrong, and I don't know what it is or how or when it will get better. I have crazy symptoms from swollen feet, a bloated belly (even more than usual), tingly extremities, occasional fever, inability to shake any/all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Urban Mama
Three years ago today was the worst day of my life. My mother died. I wasn't there, so I'll never know first-hand what it was like to see her pass into eternity, and part of me feels cheated that I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2011 at Urban Mama
When I received "Cleopatra: A Life" via my From Left to Write membership, I just knew my husband was going to steal it. See, he's the nonfiction junkie in the house, and "Cleopatra" is exactly the sort of book he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at Urban Mama
My mother would have been 70 today. She loved her birthday. She was the kind of woman you didn't dare give a kitchen appliance or home accessory to as a gift. And you never, ever forgot her birthday, because she... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at Urban Mama
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was newly married and newly pregnant living in a two-bedroom apartment in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. My husband had just started law school the week before, and his class didn't start until later... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at Urban Mama
Originally, I was going to try Baronessa out with the husband, so we could order several dishes, compare notes and discuss the various preparations. But babysitter issues and back-to-school craziness meant I had to go with Baby J, who is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at Urban Mama
If you love YA like I do, you know the title of today's blog post comes from the second book in Gayle Foreman's excellent Adam and Mia chronicles. But right now the title is actually about me. I haven't been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2011 at Urban Mama
On the plane-ride to London, I read the book "The Sky Is Everywhere" by Jandy Nelson on my Kindle. It was one of those impulse purchases courtesy of Amazon's recommendations. I couldn't stop reading, even after the husband start snoozing.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Urban Mama
My lovely friend Elena at C. Mom invited her DC Mom pals to participate in a day of celebrating ourselves. In this one post, I will not complain about my perpetually frizzy-in-summer hair, or my bigger-than-I'd-like figure, or anything else... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at Urban Mama
Amy aka Teach Mama and Joanne aka Pundit Mom are not only fabulous traveling companions and drivers, they're brilliant writers with so much to say. To quote my eloquent friend Stimey, Joanne's new book, "Mothers of Intention: How Women &... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at Urban Mama
School's officially out in these parts, and now I face an entire summer of making sure my kids continue to read and learn and don't get sucked into the dreaded "summer slide." To help parents and kids this summer --... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Urban Mama
Father's Day is bittersweet. is bitter, knowing you don't really have memories of your Papi but only flashes of what you think are memories based on what other people have told you about him. Growing up, you hated Father's Day... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at Urban Mama
My husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary on June 2, 2011. As a joint gift to each other, we traveled to London and Paris sans kids for the 11 days leading up to our anniversary. Ten feels special and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at Urban Mama