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Letter to my favorite grad

Dear A, The second you were introduced to me as our new intern, I knew I liked you. You’re cheerful and cheeky without being sticky or cloying. You’re capable and ‘fessed up immediately when there was a mistake, and we could fix it together. I like your long ombre hair and I want to know what mascara you use. Most of all, …

Vanessa McGradyLetter to my favorite grad

Some things about Christmas 2013

1. My dad died 10 years ago today. You don’t really recover from something like that. I was really sad for the past couple weeks and felt all “dumpy mom,” and couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but duh. Of course. Then, some magic. My older brother, Ilya, in ISRAEL, made a concert of this beautiful, ethereal music with …

Vanessa McGradySome things about Christmas 2013

Give me your hands, if we be friends

Three years ago today, my past and my future came together in a lush Oregon patch of land, brimming with wine grapes and berries. My family and closest friends from childhood, elementary school, college, work, yoga and wherever else you meet your soul connections spent three days dancing, eating, drinking, and then crying the copious tears only an Irish family …

Vanessa McGradyGive me your hands, if we be friends

How to Announce a Divorce

I know how to announce a wedding and engagement or new baby on Facebook. You go and add adorable pictures and toggle some status settings and wait for the OMGs and congrats! to flood in. I do not know how to announce a divorce. I’m not good at this part, it seems. Does one “announce” a divorce? I’m the one …

Vanessa McGradyHow to Announce a Divorce

Money: It’s Different for Women in Their 40s

Kevin Brosius Today’s interview is with Kevin Brosius, president of Wealth Management, Inc. He is a fee-only financial planner (which means he’s not paid by an investment firm to sell their products) and investment advisor with offices in Allentown and Plymouth Meeting, Pa.   1. By the time a woman hits 40, there are a lot of variables she may …

Vanessa McGradyMoney: It’s Different for Women in Their 40s

Spirit: Holiday Apologies

I am sorry, friend, that I can’t make your holiday thing this year. I can’t add one more thing to the calendar for fear of imploding. I love you so much though. I am sorry, dogs, that I can’t take you out at 4 in the morning. Go ahead and pee in the kitchen, see if I care. OK, I …

Vanessa McGradySpirit: Holiday Apologies

Relationships: How to Meet and Marry the Man of Your Dreams – When You’re All Grown Up

Today’s post comes from Ann Blumenthal Jacobs, Patricia Ryan Lampl, and Tish Rabe, authors of “Love for Grown Ups: The Garter Brides’ Guide to Marrying for Life When You’ve Already Got a Life.” It’s a wonderful feeling to discover in your 40’s that falling in love can be just as exciting, passionate, fun and sexy as falling in love in …

Vanessa McGradyRelationships: How to Meet and Marry the Man of Your Dreams – When You’re All Grown Up