Writer’s Eye

Finding the Zen of Middle Age

A TEENAGE DAUGHTER CAN HELP YOU LET GO AND LET GRAVITY STORY BY Christine Grillo      ILLUSTRATION BY Paige Vickers June/July 2017 “Maybe you could be the artsy mom.” This was my teenage daughter’s best attempt at compromise. After she turned 13, she started longing for a stylish mom,... Read more →

Are You My Child?

FOR EGG DONORS, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE EVERYWHERE STORY BY Christine Grillo November/December 2016 It’s a common question, one that’s usually asked as soon as I mention I’m a mother: How many children do you have? For the sake of simplicity, I say I have three. But I wouldn’t go to... Read more →

The Selfie Generation

HOW PARTICIPATION TROPHIES LEAD TO MILLION DOLLAR WEDDINGS STORY BY Marion Winik     ILLUSTRATIONS BY Paige Vickers JUNE/JULY 2016 My sons, 25 and 27, have recently been attending bachelor parties, as you might expect at their ages. You’re probably picturing a bunch of guys going to a strip club... Read more →

WAISTLINE CRISIS

SOMETIMES CABBAGE SOUP CAN CURE WHAT AILS YOU STORY BY Marion Winik      ILLUSTRATIONS BY Paige Vickers MARCH/APRIL 2016 About a month ago, as I got into the shower, I realized it was the first shower I’d had in, well, too long. Showering had become a slightly less frequent... Read more →

Waiting for Daddy

WHEN THE MAN OF THE HOUSEHOLD ALIGHTS, HIS DAUGHTERS’ HEARTS FLUTTER STORY BY Marion Winik ILLUSTRATIONS BY Paige Vickers NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 The charismatic, high-spirited accountant Hyman Winik was rarely seen in his own home. Work was my father’s blood, his food and his breath. All day he slaved at his... Read more →

Getting to the Lighthouse

A LONG NEGLECTED BOOK TURNS OUT TO BE WORTH THE WAIT STORY BY Marion Winik ILLUSTRATIONS BY Paige Vickers SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2015 In May of 1983, I flew from New Orleans to New York to take a test, the final exam of “Twentieth Century British Novel,” the last literature course... Read more →

ALWAYS & FOREVER, take two

THE ROMANCE OF THE SECOND WEDDING STORY BY Marion Winik ILLUSTRATION BY Paige Vickers The day of my first wedding really was the happiest day of my life. Held at my mother’s country club in the grand style of my girlish fantasies, it was orchids and lace and a half-dozen... Read more →

WHEN RIVALRY BECOMES REVELRY

Instead of me, me, me, a sisterhood of we. STORY BY Marion Winik ILLUSTRATION BY Paige Vickers When I learned in 1988 that my first child would be a boy, I was nervous. I had grown up without brothers, with almost exclusively female playmates, and would be confronting the mysterious... Read more →

BOYS WILL BE BOYS

FAD DIETS, FRAGRANCE, HAIR PRODUCTS – AND OTHER MANLY OBSESSIONS STORY BY Marion Winik ILLUSTRATION BY Paige Vickers When I learned in 1988 that my first child would be a boy, I was nervous. I had grown up without brothers, with almost exclusively female playmates, and would be confronting the... Read more →

MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE

YOU KNOW YOU’RE WELCOME IN A FRIEND’S HOME WHEN YOU CAN LOAD HER DISHWASHER STORY BY Marion Winik ILLUSTRATION BY Paige Vickers When my friend Kim got divorced a couple of years ago, I was not completely heartbroken to see the last of her husband. But when I realized she... Read more →

MARATHON WOMAN

WHEN ONCE IS GOOD ENOUGH STORY BY Marion Winik ILLUSTRATION BY Paige Vickers Do you have what it takes to run a marathon? Consider this. Mbarak Hussein of Kenya, who won the 2002 Honolulu Marathon, finished in two hours, 12 minutes. Marion Winik, then of Pennsylvania, came in 16,409th, just... Read more →

HOW DO I LOOK?

FIXING UP THE OUTSIDE IS ONE THING. HOW DOES THE INSIDE GET FIXED?   STORY BY Marion Winik ILLUSTRATION BY Paige Vickers I never dreamed I would be the mother of boys. It seemed impossible that my body could manufacture one. Having grown up in a house where everyone was... Read more →

IT ALL ADDS UP

A CAREFULLY KEPT LEDGER DOESN’T LIE. STORY BY Marion Winik    ILLUSTRATION BY Paige Vickers There are many advantages to self-employment – for one thing, the boss is so nice. She lets me bring my dog to work, check my email whenever I want, and would never think of making... Read more →

MR. RIGHT

WILL A NEW ROMANCE INTERFERE WITH BLISSFUL SINGLEHOOD? STORY BY Marion Winik Illustration BY Paige Vickers After my marriage ended in 2008, the last thing I wanted was to be single. I set up profiles on dating sites, asked friends to fix me up and lurked around the corner bar... Read more →

LIGHTEN UP

BLONDE MOMMY FIXATING ON THE BARBIE FANTASY   STORY BY Marion Winik ILLUSTRATION BY Paige Vickers Like many women, I flirted with various identities in my younger years – and each had its own hairdo. I was a thick-banged coffeehouse poet, a moussed-up disco queen, a corn-rowed Jamaican honeymooner, a... Read more →

TODAY’S GIRLS REALLY DO RULE

STORY BY Marion Winik   ILLUSTRATION BY Paige Vickers The new book “The End of Men,” by Hanna Rosin, documents changes in womenʼs status around the world, from college campuses to Bible Belt communities to enclaves of urban 30-somethings in the Pacific Northwest to South Korea and India. While it was... Read more →

I DID, I DID

MEMBERS OF THE WEDDING AN ANNIVERSARY VIDEO – MADE 50 YEARS AFTER THE FACT – HELPS GRANDKIDS CELEBRATE THE BIG DAY STORY BY Heather Kirk-Davidoff One of the things I have loved about being a parent is the contagion of my children’s passions. When my boys were little, they thought... Read more →

WRITING FROM MEMORY

WRITING FROM MEMORY STORY BY Marion Winik ILLUSTRATION BY Paige Vickers I was a child of 41 when I started teaching, pregnant with my daughter Jane. I had no idea that my Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing qualified me to do anything income-producing at all, but when my... Read more →

PHONE HOME

WHEN A KID GETS A CELL PHONE, COMMUNICATION WITH MOM IS OH, SO EASY. NOT. STORY BY Marion Winik ILLUSTRATION BY Kelly Miller When my older son Hayes turned 16 back in the dark ages of 2004, I bought him a cell phone for his birthday; soon after, I was... Read more →


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