Author Archives: Sheila Nevins

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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The Price of a Million-Dollar Smile

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

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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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A Dog’s Dying

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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 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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Gliding Gracefully Into Gravity

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A size-two walks by with the right answer to a film we are working on. She is beautiful. She is young. She got it right. “Terrific,” you say. It is not her fault that she is perfect and smart and half your age. And the bronchitis lingers. You caught it from her. She whipped it […]

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