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The Pursuit of the Perfect Purse By Gabby Friedenthal

The Pursuit of the Perfect Purse By Gabby Friedenthal

Sitting at the park, with Marian, my friend, I’m struggling with my purse, plunging into her depths, pulling strange things out like grimy food laden forks and a boy's toy; scrounging at the bottom in a desperate attempt to find my ringing phone. I’m frustrated, then really pissed at this purse, this supposed “it” purse, this purse I was sure was “the right one” after all my years of [...]

Bloom Where You are Planted By Gabby Friedenthal

Bloom Where You are Planted By Gabby Friedenthal

She is riding what that looks like an extra large, souped-up golf cart. Not fancy, just big. She swerves up on the tree laden path that Matt, my 7 year old, and I are walking on. We are on our way back from Laperts’ Ice Cream Parlor, licking our triple chocolate brownie ice-cream cones with fudge topping. Her dog, a Westie, is calmly sitting by her side, obviously used to this wild and [...]

Mindful of Memorial Day By Gabby Friedenthal

Mindful of Memorial Day By Gabby Friedenthal

The beginning of summer: That time when you feel the sweet release of the year’s busy pace. The sun is shining longer; your schedule doesn’t feel so very tight, you breathe a little deeper, and you drink icy margaritas on hot summer nights. Isn’t that what Memorial Day means? The beginning of summer? Ease? Barbeques? A three day weekend? When my husband asked me to stop for a [...]

Strong Families and Orphan Diseases By Gabby Friedenthal

Strong Families and Orphan Diseases By Gabby Friedenthal

I loved Keely’s mom for years without even knowing her. Or more aptly, I loved the woman behind the email address keelyrocks@.....As I’d browse the El Marino yahoo group’s site for memos to room parents, or the latest discussion on healthy food, or when to turn in your orders for the gift wrapping drive (one of the top revenue makers of the whole year), I’d see [...]

Fiesta La Playa By Gabby Friedenthal

Fiesta La Playa By Gabby Friedenthal

The luminarias that lit up Heather and Art Coombs-Perez's driveway this past Saturday night sparkled in a way that only something made by a child ever could. Kandinsky, Van Gogh, or Monet, to name but a few, had nothing on these paper bag candle holders decorated by the pre-school kids at the La Playa Co-Op. As I stood at the entrance to the Perez’s place, watching the lights dance at dusk, [...]