Author Archives: Sheila Nevins

The Price of a Million-Dollar Smile

Much to her own chagrin, Sheila Nevins will stop at nothing to preserve her teeth

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My iPhone Made Me Cry

Are you befuddled by new technology? Do you long for the days of simple on/off switches and phones that simply ring hello? Do most appliances have too many options? Do tell.       My iPhone Made Me Cry An Interactive Poem I don’t cry at weddings I know the odds Sometimes I cry at […]

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A Dog’s Dying

Today our dog received a death sentence. I thought he had some tick disease and went to the gym. When I came back, I learned by telephone that he had a few weeks to live. The vet said his platelets were 500 times below normal. This son of a bitch, and he was one; this […]

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The Day Grandma Left Heaven for Dead

You see I’ve always wanted to believe in heaven. When I was a little girl and Santa’s beard fell off to reveal Uncle Seymour, I dropped my belief in Santa. I took Santa Seymour’s gifts with sadness, because Mr. Claus was for me no more. Heaven was different. I held on to heaven right up […]

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To Sleep or Not to Sleep

There are basically two kinds of people in the world – not pretty and ugly, not mean and kind, but those who can drop off to sleep at the touch of a pillow and those who crush their pillow with tossing and turning. I’m the latter. As a kid, I remember the annoyance in my […]

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Eavesdropping on Adultery

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For Sheila Nevins, an overheard conversation on a train proves to be a fascinating window into marriage — and female friendships

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The Art of the Faux Pas

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Sheila Nevins shares one of her most embarrassing moments

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wOw’s Question of the Week

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If for apocalyptic reasons (that your loved ones understand) you were forced to have an ultra-romantic one-night stand with a famous man  — for example, a movie star, a sports hero, a politician, or a journalist — who would it be??

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The Humble Beginnings of My Somewhat Spiritual Self

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It started with my period. I had an inkling that I was somehow related to the universe because how else would the moon have had a direct line to my ovaries? Every twenty-eight days, like clockwork, with accuracy rivaling Big Ben, these two entities – my eggs and Benny – would be in precise and […]

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On Tourette’s Syndrome

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It’s not easy being a mother of a Tourette’s child. On the other hand, it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, if not the most rewarding experience. I grew up wanting to be like everyone else; yet, having a Tourette’s child made me face difference. I grew up again with my […]

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