Letter to My 18-Year-Old Self
I recently returned from a ten-day trip back east to spend quality time with some quality people. As is ritual now, my mom and I cleaned out yet another part of the house together. My parents, nearing retirement, are in “downsize mode,” causing my mother to purge, well, everything. I imagine on my next trip, I’ll find my bed gone and a sleeping bag in its...
Why Amanda de Cadenet is the New Oprah
May 25, 2011 was a sad day. The Oprah Winfrey Showwent off the air after twenty-five years. At 32 years old, it was on for the better part of my life. As a young girl, I remember my grandmother and mother watching Oprah. As a teenager, it was my turn to tune in and I continued to do so until that late day in May last year. Over the quarter century, there were moments that I missed but...
The Best Laid (Wedding) Plans
Calligraphy, shoes, pillows, linens, note cards, makeup, processional timing, seating chart, songs… Those were just some of the elements of my wedding that went awry. The ones I remember, at least. The one I recall that went right? We had fun. And, after all, that’s really what matters. My recently engaged friend called to catch up the other day. When...