Articles by Erin Donovan

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What really makes a house a home

By Erin Donovan on Aug. 24, 2014, at 9:28 a.m.
I have lived in 20 homes thus far in my life. The count would ring higher if I counted every way station that bookended those 20 homes, but I’ll stop at 20 because that feels sufficiently nomadic on its own. Of the lot, there were houses that really mattered and …
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Fledgling protest takes an ugly turn

By Erin Donovan on June 01, 2014, at 9:36 a.m.
The first time I went to London, I wound up in an anarchist demonstration. It was one of those Forrest Gump-like situations that tend to happen to me. I sauntered into a bakery, as I am prone to do, and when I walked out a few moments later, all of …
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Small town life has no secrets

By Erin Donovan on May 25, 2014, at 6:10 a.m.
When you live in a small town, people know what you get up to. Whether you want them to or not, they know what you’re doing. Where you’re going. How long you’ll be gone. They know all of this because they pick up your breadcrumbs. All of us leave behind …
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The (Stephen) King of the castle

By Erin Donovan on April 27, 2014, at 5:54 a.m.
My now home state of Maine may be best known as the land of lobsters and summer camps, but we have our own Hollywood hills here, as well. They don’t have the word “Hollywood” emblazoned across them because big wooden letters would be unappealing to the locals hiking up and …
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Can you leave a note for a goat?

By Erin Donovan on April 13, 2014, at 8:49 a.m.
Hello — I clipped your car when pulling into the spot beside you. There’s no damage other than a scuff, but people are staring so I want them to think that I am leaving you my insurance information with this note. Sorry about that. My best friend from college wrote …
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Blackfish or Blacklist?

By Erin Donovan on March 02, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
Editor’s Note: This is Part I of a two-part column. The next installment will be published the week of March 10. One of the most exciting aspects of watching children grow is the evolution of their interests. They pass through phases that are barely tolerable, such as reading picture books …
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A modern Valentine

By Erin Donovan on Feb. 16, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
I know Valentine’s Day is stupid. Perhaps you’re right that we shouldn’t buy into something that was hatched by Hallmark to raise revenue. It is designated a holiday by calendars the world over, though. Which is more than I can say about the Super Bowl. That was invented by men …
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Adventures in Abandonment Parenting

By Erin Donovan on Jan. 26, 2014, at 5:46 a.m.
Attachment Parenting wrinkles your clothes and afflicts you with scoliosis. Helicopter Parenting is tiresome, not to mention irritating to others at the playground. Co-parenting lives in a far away land with unicorns and men who like brunch. Authoritarian Parenting. Permissive Parenting. Democratic Parenting. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Parenting. Old …
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Smearing poop on walls doesn’t seem like natural human behavior, so why do people keep doing it?

By Erin Donovan on Nov. 24, 2013, at 3:15 p.m.
Once, when I was in high school, a boy smeared poop all over the walls of the men’s locker room. I learned of the incident when I entered the gymnasium, headed for basketball practice. Every janitor who manned some area of the campus and his rolling supply cart had been …
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The balancing act of baby sitters

By Erin Donovan on Nov. 10, 2013, at 8:59 a.m.
Baby sitters. They’re like the Taliban. The Taliban in neon bras. They come in. They trash your house, take all of your money, all of your food, and all of your passwords. When you finally get them out, it’s like, “What happened to our internet?” It’s funny how it starts …
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Dirty love triangle

By Erin Donovan on Nov. 03, 2013, at 9:10 a.m.
I’ve been watching a lot of Telemundo lately. My purpose is educational since I’m trying to reclaim my Spanish language skills, which have disappeared as completely as the tostada from the Taco Bell menu. What draws me in to the telenovelas more than the richness of the trilled r and …
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What’s next in life?

By Erin Donovan on Oct. 20, 2013, at 8:48 a.m.
When I graduated from college, everybody seemed to be interested in what came next for me. The classmates whose names I barely knew and who certainly didn’t know mine would pepper me with questions about what lies ahead. Professors who had never bothered to seek any answers from me other …
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A literal toehold into the celebrity world

By Erin Donovan on Sept. 29, 2013, at 6:29 a.m.
I have taken up running despite the reality that I’ve never been much of a runner. Something in my physiology is impervious to the runner’s high that others experience. I am flooded with all the other symptoms of running: sweating, fatigue, rapid heart rate and a desire to lie down …
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A morning spent at the spa getting a facial isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

By Erin Donovan on Sept. 18, 2013, at 1:32 p.m.
9:00 a.m. — Am I ready for my Renewal and Rejuvenation? Am I still getting a facial or have I accidentally enrolled in Bible Camp? 9:02 a.m. — Place my things in this locker. I like that they think my purse holds valuable stuff instead of a bunch of maxed …
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You remember 9/11 every day when there’s a tattoo of the World Trade Center on your arm

By Erin Donovan on Sept. 11, 2013, at 2:44 p.m.
Never forget. This is what we’re told about Sept. 11. Most Americans cannot forget. The images of twisted steel and equally twisted faces have grabbed our memories with a grip that will not ease. What we remember differs from individual to individual depending on how close we stood to the …
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The key to a lasting relationship is two people who ‘get’ each other

By Erin Donovan on Sept. 04, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.
I understand very little about love and relationships. I began a marriage. I worked at it. It ended. When that happens, it forces a person to take stock of the relationships around them, the good ones and the bad ones, in hopes of learning something. There are marriages in my …
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I need a bunker to hunker down in

By Erin Donovan on Aug. 28, 2013, at 7:32 a.m.
The pitfall to being a writer is that people expect you to be the final stop for all matters of the written word. You’re expected to know the finer points of grammar, and idioms, and what a dangling participle is. People will insist that you fine-tune their cover letters and …
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Do you remember the moment you became an adult?

By Erin Donovan on Aug. 14, 2013, at 1:53 p.m.
I remember the exact moment in my life in which I became an adult. Before it happened, I had assumed adulthood was quantified by credentials, like having a high school diploma, a driver’s license or a job. I got all of those things, but there was no convincing endorsement of …
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Flying at 30,000 feet is best experienced in the cockpit if you’re a control freak

By Erin Donovan on Aug. 07, 2013, at 1:48 p.m.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been fearful of flying. I’m not so immobilized by the fear that I can’t summon the strength to board a plane, but the flight path is paved with turbulence, both imagined and real. If I could liken my problems with aviation to …
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The tea party is over and so is our marriage

By Erin Donovan on July 31, 2013, at 9:56 a.m.
When we were kids, my brother and I held underwater tea parties at the bottom of our backyard pool. We plunged headfirst toward the deepest depth, holding the bubbles in our noses, trying to preserve as much air in our lungs as possible on the way down. Before reaching the …
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