Misguided Fear: Why I Almost Didn’t Join The Debutante Ball

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

  This week we kick off the search for next year’s crop of featured writers for The Debutante Ball. To celebrate that, we’re each writing about our (almost-complete) year as one of the debs.  I’m not gonna lie: I was afraid of doing this. I’m about as organized as a toddler and I feared my ability to generate a post every week, let alone a post every week that anyone…


Julie’s Favorite Things

Thursday, March 29, 2018

I love a lot of things…and people…but here is my list in no particular order. Barbecue potato chips. On Valentine’s Day, instead of giving me chocolate, my students bought me many bags of barbecue potato chips because they know that’s what I love! A great book that I can’t wait to pick up every day. The fact that both of my boys see themselves as “writers” and are working on…


Kimmery’s Favorite Thing

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

  Look, I know I am supposed to write something every week, but today writing is hard. I’m on vacation. And it’s especially hard to write now, not only because I’m in chill mode but also because I’m out of the country with no wifi and some kind of stone-age 2G network on my phone. This article is taking twenty hours to upload. I’m going to do my best, though,…


Whiskers on kittens, certainly

Monday, March 26, 2018

This week, the Debs are discussing our favorite things, and I’ve decided to resurrect and cobble together some good old-fashioned surveys to the purpose: Favorite fast food restaurant? Five Guys Favorite ice cream flavor? Mint chocolate chip Favorite chocolate candy? Snickers Favorite fruity candy? Jujubes Favorite flavor Starburst? Strawberry (there is no other correct answer to this question) Favorite Asian dish? Chicken fried rice Favorite food of all time? Beignets…


Jenni L. Walsh’s Top 5 Philly Phaves

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Yes, I wrote “Phaves” instead of “Faves.” It’s what we do in Philly, and I’m about to share my Top 5 things I adore about my hometown of Philadelphia. 1. Wawa. If you’re from the area, you’re immediately nodding along. Wawa is technically a convenience store, but in reality, it’s so much more than that. When I lived in DC and NYC, I yearned for Wawa and when we’d visit…


The ‘Favorites’ Of Jenni L. Walsh’s Day

Thursday, March 23, 2017

This week we’re talking about our favorite things. That’s so ambiguous that I literally had a moment where I thought, I don’t know.  So for some structure — I like structure — I figured I’d break down my day to figure out what I like best (besides structure). My favorite way to start the day: When I wake up, refreshed, and realize both my children are still sleeping. This rarely…


If You’ve Met Me…

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A few months ago, a friend asked me to pick him up and drive him to the airport. When I arrived at his place, he was standing on the porch wearing a Biscuits t-shirt and a New York Rangers hat complete with Super Mario Bros pin. His climbing pack was at his feet, and he may or may not have been smoking from a vape. As he climbed in my…


What I’m into … this week

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This week the Debs are sharing all the stuff we love. I change my mind from time to time about what really wins me over, but here are some of my current favorite people, places, and things that make everyday life more enjoyable (in absolutely no particular order): Favorite foods: Avocado toast at Dominique Ansel and steak tartar at The Dutch, both in Soho (NYC): Favorite place to have dinner with the Obamas…


These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

Monday, March 20, 2017

This week the Debs are singing songs from the Sound of Music…wait, no, that’s just Deb Crystal. But we are talking about some of our favorite things–the things that make us happy, that make us smile, that make us laugh. The Roman orator and philosopher, Seneca, once said, “True happiness is… to enjoy the present without anxious dependence on the future.” I’m not always good about the anxious dependence part, but…


Oprah Was On to Something

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I suspect Oprah and I lead different lives. I could be wrong. She could be soaking a boy’s sweatshirt right now because he blew his nose directly into the sleeve and then wore it all day so the boogers dried into the fabric, but I’m guessing she’s soaking her newly pedicured feet in a warm, salt-infused tub prepared by a loyal lady-in-waiting. When I gain five pounds, the only thing that takes note…