Juliana is an English teacher, aspiring novelist, and mother to redheaded sons. (No, her husband doesn't have red hair. Yes, it was a surprise!) She grew up in Scarsdale and now teaches at her rival high school - Mamaroneck - where she also lives with her (brown-haired) husband, Mike, and their two (orange-haired, according to Noah) sons, Noah (2016) and Simon (2019). When she has a free moment (haha) she is reading something: YA Romance, humorous essays, poetry, thrillers, student work, and, sometimes, her own works-in-progress.
A family dancing.

Making a “Life Soundtrack”

At the beginning of each year, I ask my tenth graders to write about music for their first assignment. They can pick a song, artist, album, or composition that speaks to them, and through...
A boy reading a book.

Accepting the “Yet”

I have always loved books. It’s probably the one thing in my life that I can say I have always, always enjoyed. So it is no surprise that I turned to teaching them as...
A family on a cliff on vacation.

The Truth Behind Making Memories

Growing up, my absolute favorite place in the world was the beach. My family had a house in the Outer Banks, NC, and we would go every summer and spend a week boogie boarding,...
Writing a letter.

Dear Future Daughter-in-Law

Dear future daughter-in-law, Let me start by acknowledging that this is a very heteronormative endeavor. I have two sons, so let’s, for argument’s sake, imagine that one of them marries a woman–you. (If that doesn’t...
Kids today playing video games.

The 90s: New and Nostalgic

If you ever go on social media, then chances are you follow an account related to 80s/90s nostalgic content. It seems like every generation spends at least some part of their middle age wistfully...
Dinner at Twenty5 North Ristorante.

Celebrate the Everyday at 25 North Ristorante

“Come as Guests, Leave as Family.” The Italian restaurant 25 North Ristorante could not have a more accurate slogan. When we arrived, we were immediately greeted by the grinning face of Jose, the manager (who...
Two women having coffee.

You’re My “Go-To Rational Friend”

For most of us, parenting doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We’re constantly reconsidering or second-guessing our choices before, during, and after we make them. We all need someone to turn to when we’re spiraling...
Russian dolls lined up.

Getting Older: New Friends, New Bodies, “Old” Selves

The other night I was spending time with a new friend. We were doing what people our age, particularly moms our age, tend to do, which is lament the changes in our aging bodies....
Mom and daughter dancing.

What Your ‘Spotify Wrapped’ Says About Your Parenting Style

Whether you’re “into music” or not, your musical tastes will probably help inform your offspring, which is why I try to provide my boys with a wide range of songs, styles, and genres. Since...
A dad reading a bedtime story.

The Most Precious Moments Aren’t Special at All

Despite all our griping about bedtime (seriously, show me a parent who always enjoys it, and I will show you a liar), there is something magical in its mundanity. Each night the same thing...