May-June 2011

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In Which I Am Mindful of a Raisin

Meditation does not permit multitasking. Who knew?


In Which Children Do Not Make Good Small-Business People

Lemonade stands are so passé. How about a detective stand?


In Which I Make Plans to Seriously Relax

Can I take a break without making fun of it? (Answer: No)


In Which the Kids Go to Summer Camp, Whether They Like It or Not

Choosing a camp requires the art of persuasion.


In Which Your Child’s Laptop Comes Preloaded for Independence

Should your middle-schooler have the virtual freedom to roam?


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“Semi-Charmed Life is a blog about my personal impressions of life in the Maryland suburbs and the greater D.C. Metropolitan Area. How’s that for giving myself permission to write about anything? There we go: It’s a blog about anything. Please stay tuned.”

Paula Whyman is an award-winning writer who grew up in Montgomery County. Her stories can be found in literary journals and anthologies, and her humor essays have appeared in The Washington Post and on National Public Radio. She is working on a novel. Plus, she can teach any dog to sit.

For more on Paula and her work, see Also see Bethesda World News, the parody newspaper founded by Paula’s alter ego, Isabel Brooke.

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