Lorraine Duffy Merkl

Lorraine Duffy Merkl
New York, New York,
June 24
Published Author/Columnist

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The lead up to St. Patrick’s Day is the same every year.

“How do you make corned beef and cabbage?” I’m asked without fail. My stock answer: “I wouldn’t know, I’ve never had it, let alone made it.” Then comes, “A ‘Duffy’ doesn’t… Read full post »

MARCH 10, 2012 1:26PM

Un-Friend These Friends With Kids

In Friends with Kids, Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships. 

I have read so much good press for this movie (perhaps no one wants to getRead full post »

“Do you want the classic white ribbon or red?” asked the young, blonde Tiffany’s sales associate.

My 17-year-old son, Luke, just looked at me. I stared back with a half smile and shrugged. It was his decision. If he was going to start shopping for his girlfriend, Kathleen, at a high… Read full post »

Back when “Clueless” was the movie du jour, being called a “Baldwin” meant you were a really hot, date-able guy, who raised your social status if you went out with him. Now it is equated with rageaholic behavior.

Joining him is barkin’ Ellen Barkin, who like me is fromRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 19, 2011 10:41AM

A Mother of Mistaken Identity

“Is this your mom?” a genial man shouted from across the room to my 40-something friend Eliza who was sitting next to a 51-year-old me. As he sauntered towards us at a 9-year-old’s birthday party to which I had brought my then 11-year-old daughter, Meg, I had turned my head toRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 12, 2011 5:10PM

From Jingles to Journalism


Before anyone occupied Wall Street, even before the crash of 2008, I found myself scratching my head and wondering, "What now?"

I had spent 15 years in advertising as a staff copywriter around New York City. In 1995, I went freelance to stay home and take care of my baby… Read full post »