Shelley Singer Shelley Singer, a frequent contributor to this site, is a writer who lives in Maryland.
Lifestyle

Valentine’s Day: Baby Love

By Shelley Singer
When my son Aaron hands the baby to me, I feel something powerful—humility . . . a thankfulness that Aaron and Lauren have been granted a healthy child, that the road ahead will be negotiated with blessedly normal challenges. The utter banality is the miracle.
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Travel

Sarasota Dreamin’

By Shelley Singer
By Shelley Singer

What? He wants me to pick up, leave my life to go live in an apartment with elderly neighbors in pastel clothing who play golf and mah jongg and don’t color their hair? No way was I ever going to “winter” (ugh!) in Florida.

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General Medical · Health

A Concussionary Tale

By Shelley Singer
On the bus, a powerful sense of being out of whack in my head suddenly overtook me. It was as if the plates in my skull had slipped several notches—like the feeling telegraphed when a cartoon character gets slammed on the head by a two-by-four, and you see squiggles and exclamation points and pound signs revolving in the air above him. The balloon would have read, “Boing!”
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Technology

Hacked!

By Shelley Singer
By Shelley Singer

I got phone calls from friends all over the world asking "Are you OK?" I was — but my webmail account was not.

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General Medical · Health

My mammogram story

By Shelley Singer
I am in a high-risk category for breast cancer. My mother has had it twice. I am 59 and have been having mammograms since I was 40. I examine myself (none too thoroughly) and have manual breast exams every three months.  I took Tamoxifen for five years, prophylactically, after research and discussions with my doctors about a study suggesting that…
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Lifestyle

For Yom Kippur, Another Reinvention

By Shelley Singer
The baby rabbi, a young man of 26 — fresh from seminary, the most junior of the four in our vast congregation — delivered the sermon on Rosh Hashanah morning. At first, he spoke of creation and destruction, judgment and mercy as the messages of the festival. This day, he said, we are created anew through an act of God’s…
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Technology

Facebook and Me

By Shelley Singer
I joined Facebook last week. A relatively late adopter but maybe not that tardy for my demographic (at least according to Business Week), I am a nearly 60-year-old woman with little wish to pass time idly and even less patience for chitchat. I’m a crackerjack at email, texting, MMS and IM, not to mention my wicked skills with a cell…
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Lifestyle

Sizing Up

By Shelley Singer
“Where can we see them now? That simple dancing of well-covered matrons… remembering but not affecting youth, not jealous but proud of the young maidens by their side ….” George Eliot, Adam Bede, 1859 I let my stomach out, on the beach in Taormina, in a victory of acceptance over self-loathing that I hoped would begin a process of coming…
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