So You Think You Can Dance

September 3rd, 2014

Robin Williams and Why You Can’t Just ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Suicide Away

It’s been an August of untimely death including the suicide of beloved comedian, actor, and humanitarian Robin Williams on August 11th. Suicide is so complicated and the antecedent depression, addiction, or other possible causes are difficult to understand especially from a distance. While I appreciate the Twitter expressions of love and sympathy, 140 characters can seem so limiting.

No Trespassing But Welcoming

July 29th, 2014

No Trespassing (But Welcoming) in July

I often see signs on my Lake Michigan walks, but the one I saw yesterday on my way home was particularly striking. It was a literal sign posted outside the turf field of my children’s school prohibiting the following: Food, candy, gum, liquid beverages other than water, high heel shoes, driving of stakes, and open flames or fireworks.

On Strike

October 8th, 2012

Red Shirts, Blue Suits: The Strike May Be Over But the Relationship Continues

This is the expanded version of my commentary that first appeared in Education Week on 10/3/12.




September 3rd, 2012

Say Yes to the Parade

I still can’t believe we wondered whether to say yes to the parade.

The woman who helped coordinate my son’s Bar Mitzvah in Israel this past summer went down a laundry list of possibilities—yes, a photographer would be lovely; no, we were bringing our own rabbi; yes, we need a Torah and it’s kind of nice you can rent them by the hour with no minimum; no chairs necessary, our tushies can sit on stone, although a couple of chairs might be nice, there is a grandmother who has bad knees; no need for yarmulkes, we bought some in Sefad several summers ago to match Josh’s tallis.


Beyond OCD

June 23rd, 2012

Exposing OCD: Interview with Andrea Kayne Kaufman Part 1

Exposing OCD Blog interviewed me about Oxford Messed Up and OCD… Here’s part 1. more…


June 18th, 2012

Oxford Messed Up: Beyond the Book— Van Morrison

I’m so honored that BookBrowse did this piece based on my characters and my favorite muse, Van Morrison, who I will be seeing in concert June 29th! 


aged shiva lord of dance

May 2nd, 2012

Yoga With My Demons and Other Mindful Acts

Recently, I traveled to Denver for the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies. It was a conference all about how we can foster awareness and compassion for ourselves and others. A heavy name for an effort at lightening one’s mental load. I was there in my role as a professor and researcher. But, I quickly realized that Gloria and Henry, the characters in my novel Oxford Messed Up, had traveled with me.


Oxford library

April 27th, 2012

Guest Author Andrea Kayne Kaufman on CMash Loves to Read

 “Oh….so many good books….so little time. That’s why when Rebecca from The Cadence Group contacted me about this author, I had to share it with all of you. So please help me welcome today’s guest, Ms. Andrea Kayne Kaufman!!”

Read the full review here: CMash Loves to Read


aged books

April 12th, 2012

I Am A Reader Not A Writer

Iamareadernotawriter.blogspot interviews Andrea Kayne Kaufman about everything from her favorite season to requesting an impromptu Haiku about Oxford Messed Up!

Read the full interview here: Author Interview

Lady Gaga at Harvard

March 26th, 2012

Lady Gaga Chained Naked to a Fence And Other Things I Learned About School Law at Harvard

Attending the launch of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation a few weeks ago, I was struck more by the prospect of Lady Gaga naked than clothed. When asked by Oprah Winfrey about what really works to prevent bullying, Lady Gaga said there was “no one answer” or “single law” that could be passed to stop bullying and hate, or mandate acceptance. “I wish there was because, you know, I would be chained naked to a fence somewhere to try to get [that law] passed.”



March 21st, 2012

20 Questions: A Day in the Life of…Andrea Kayne Kaufman

From Andrea Kayne Kaufman, author of Oxford Messed Up, shares her daily routine, including the pleasure she gets from embarrassing her kids, the new book she is working on, Parent Over Shoulder, and why sometimes it’s okay to make your bed without hospital corners.



February 18th, 2012

All I Got for Valentine’s Day: A Herniated Disc & Drug-induced Blog

This Valentine’s Day was not about flowers, chocolate, or romance. This year my only aphrodisiacs were Vicodin, Valium, and Prednisone.



December 5th, 2011

Clue: In Honor of Howard Gardner and Dining Alone in Cambridge—A Multiple Intelligence Approach to Words With Friends

I am eating a little breakfast at LA Burdick in Cambridge torn between Howard Gardner’s Truth, Beauty, and Goodness and playing my favorite scrabble game, Words With Friends, on my iPad.



November 21st, 2011

Waiting for Gloria: A Welcome Dose of OCD Reality (Guest Blog)

Anne Coulter was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) over 20 years ago and knows very well that the mainstream media portrayal of OCD is not entirely accurate. 


Why All Women Should Be Joan Jett for Halloween

October 31st, 2011

My Midlife Scavenger Hunt: Why All Women Should Be Joan Jett For Halloween

Clue: Why I want to be Joan Jett for Halloween.


Lake Michigan

October 11th, 2011

My Midlife Scavenger Hunt: Demons and Muses

Clue: Sometimes demons are muses, and in your mid-forties, like heartburn, they can no longer be ignored. more…

September 16th, 2011

My Midlife Scavenger Hunt

I know people who’ve done crazy things midlife: A friend who ran the Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon, and Boston Marathon in seven-minute miles and still keeps trying to better her time. An acquaintance who, on her 45th birthday, flew to Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. more…

vinyl record

September 1st, 2011

The Poetry of the Ordinary

Many people actively catalog their mementos and other artifacts from their past. more…

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