Selling My House To People I Know Makes It So Much Easier
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by Stacy Feintuch
5M ago
I am selling my house to people I know. Not only do I know them, but I also like them. This has made an extremely hard transition that much easier. Anyone who has moved from the home where they raised their family will tell you how difficult it is. My children grew up in the house. It is the only home either of them can remember. While one of my daughters is handling it much better than the other, it isn’t easy for any of us. The house also holds memories of their dad, who they tragically lost way too young.  But this home sale has a silver lining. The Best Neighbors We bought our home 23 ..read more
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I Can’t Believe It: My Daughter Is Dating My Friend’s Son
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by Stacy Feintuch
5M ago
My daughter Lily is dating my friend’s son, Jacob. It has been six months and they are going strong. The situation is crazy in the best way possible. All moms probably joke with their friends about their children dating or even getting married. It doesn’t usually happen, but this time it did.  I have “family friends” whose children grew up with mine. Some have sons the same age as Lily. I am sure at one point or another we wished they would end up together. But these kids have known each other since they were born. They are more like cousins or even siblings, so it was never likely to hap ..read more
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The Widow Wears Pink: I Finally Miss My Kids
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by Stacy Feintuch
6M ago
It took me a long time but this summer I finally said, “I miss my kids.” What kind of mother doesn’t miss her kids? I guess this kind.  My two wonderful daughters live in New York City while I am a short drive away in suburban New Jersey. They both graduated college, have good jobs, and have healthy relationships (I am knocking on wood while I write this, I have learned you never know when the other shoe will drop). What more could I ask for? If they’re happy, I’m happy. There was no sadness when they no longer lived with me. Very Long And Hard Years We lost my husband in 2011. The ten ye ..read more
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The Lionel Richie Concert That Wasn’t…Then Was
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by Stacy Feintuch
6M ago
The Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind, and Fire concert tonight August 12, 2023, has been postponed. The new date is Monday, August 14, 2023. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Or something like that. I was in such shock that I cannot remember exactly what the announcement said. My Love For Lionel Richie The Commodores. Oh. My. God.  From dance hits like “Brick House” and “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” to soulful ballads such as “Still,” “Easy,” and “Sail On,” the Commodores’ music was part of the soundtrack to my childhood. Then came Lionel Richie, the solo artist. Every song brings me back to a ..read more
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I’m A Barbie Girl: My Time At Mattel Toys
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by Stacy Feintuch
6M ago
The Barbie movie comes out this week and I cannot wait to see it. I was a child of the 70s, and much of my playtime back then centered around Barbie. Dressing them, doing their hair, and making up stories with the dolls were my favorite things to do. One Hanukkah, I asked for a TV in my bedroom, while my younger sister asked for a Barbie Dream House. Little did she know that I would sneak into her room and play with it when she wasn’t home. I never would have dreamed that one day I would be working for Mattel, the company that created Barbie.    Working At Mattel Toys I didn’t set o ..read more
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I Bought A New Townhouse: The Sign That This Was The Place
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by Stacy Feintuch
6M ago
I have been halfway looking to move to a townhouse for a while now. It’s been a few years but for most of that time, my heart wasn’t truly in it. The thought of selling my home and moving was immense and I don’t think I was 100% ready. Then, the perfect buyer approached me about buying my house. I jumped at the chance but more about that another time.  Now I had to get out. The only question was, where? Looking For A New Townhouse: My Realtor Was A Saint It is hard for anyone to move out of the house where they raised their family. It is home and leaving it means giving up the place where ..read more
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Our House (Is A Very, Very Fine House)
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by Stacy Feintuch
6M ago
“Our House” is a song written by Graham Nash and recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1970. Graham Nash wrote the song about an ordinary day he spent with his girlfriend Joni Mitchell. They went shopping, bought a vase, and when they got back to their home in Laurel Canyon, she filled it with flowers while he lit a fire. I’ll light the fire You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me   Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yar ..read more
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My Father Died: When A Widow Loses A Parent
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by Stacy Feintuch
6M ago
My father died over the winter. He had a very short bout with pancreatic cancer and then passed away. Losing a parent is heartbreaking. I have gone through millions of moments with my dad in my mind since then, both good and bad.  The Best Times With My Dad I remember him taking me into the ocean as a little girl and eating knishes with him at the snack bar of our beach club on Long Island.  I remember all the times he made me laugh. He could be very funny.  I remember being his partner on his boat. We both loved being on the ocean. He even taught me how to fish.  I remembe ..read more
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‘And Just Like That’: This Widow Found it Real
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by Stacy Feintuch
2y ago
And Just Like That, the Sex and the City reboot has become extremely controversial. Two episodes in and everyone is commenting on, or arguing about, everything we can think of. From the women’s looks (not ok), to Peloton bikes, to Steve’s hearing loss, every detail seems to be under scrutiny. The one subject that hits very close to home for me is Big’s heart attack. And Just Like That…Ten Years Ago, My Husband Had a Heart Attack in our Home and Died Just like Big. So I do have some feelings on the subject. There has been a ton of criticism on how Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker)  re ..read more
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31 Thoughts From A Solo Parent (There Are Millions More)
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by Stacy Feintuch
2y ago
There are millions of thoughts that go through the head of a parent after losing a spouse.  They do change over time and as our kids grow. These are just 30 of my thoughts from a solo parent. How the hell am I going to do this??? If my husband were here, we would figure this out together.. I have no one to help me make a decision. I am going to completely screw up my kids by myself. This is exhausting. I just made a major decision on my own. Was it the right one? Wow, that was a really good call. Ugh that was totally the wrong way to go. My child is having major issues. How can I handle ..read more
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