Author Archives: Sheila Nevins

The Day She Lost Her Jealousy at Barneys

Originally published in January 2008… She had always been slightly envious of other girls. It started with doll clothes in third grade. MaryLou’s doll had high-heels and a bikini swimsuit. Hers did not. This competitive nature continued, with more serious manifestations, into high school. At the elegant Pierrepont High, she longed for Ginger’s blue eyes […]

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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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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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