Mary Fortune

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My 9-year-old son has an important question for our hosts: “How many square feet is your house?”

It has taken me several years to adjust to the idea that I pay someone to clean my house. But over time, I have evolved from vaguely self-conscious about it to unapologetically celebratory.

A language scold recently cornered my mother and me and began carrying on about the terrible things his students are doing to our cherished English.

My friends and I do a lot of reading about careers, family, feminism and all the attendant cultural baggage.

On the way to school this morning, my boys played the car game. Spotting makes and models, spouting information about horsepower and options, keeping tabs on who called the coolest cars.

I don't generally make New Year's resolutions.

If you have ever seen an episode of “Regular Show,” then you know something about why I love being in my 40s.

There's a sound coming from the playroom upstairs -- a lilting, tuneless little thread of noise that persists through the cacophony of hundreds (thousands?) of Legos being plundered.

I was giddy at the idea of an e-reader — all those stories dozing behind the sleek screen of that slender tablet

There's a lot I can't watch; there's a lot I can't read.

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