nilesite writes


New York, New York, USA
January 08
The Backpack Press
Pilgrim, writer, photographer, mom, singer - author of "A Marshmallow on the Bus: A Collection of Stories Written on the MTA."


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JULY 17, 2013 2:31PM

My Feminist Plea: Stop Protecting Me

Most days, I pride myself in being an early feminist. I subscribed to Ms. Magazine, I joined the National Organization for Women, I voted, and I sneered dutifully when a man tried to open a car door for me, because I had witnessed first hand how easy it was for a… Read full post »

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AUGUST 17, 2012 2:14PM

The Small Half – A Girl’s Piece of the Pie

ladies room line 

When I was a kid, sharing dessert, I used to hear “let me have the smaller half” or “I’ll take the little half” and typically, it meant there was a pie or a piece of cake and it was enough for two, but somehow, all math concepts to the… Read full post »

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JULY 17, 2012 7:57PM

The Baked Apple: Before and After in Manhattan

New York City is surrounded by water.  There are rivers, causeways, estuaries, ponds, streams, and a really big ocean lapping at the front door.  And there are loads of professional gardeners who tend to the parks and the walkways and the gardens.  This is why, on any given summer day,… Read full post »

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JULY 11, 2012 11:20PM

Late Blooming

There are many things I want for my four children, but having their friends and family refer to them as a “late bloomer” is not one of them.  That is a socially acceptable way of calling someone a loser,

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JULY 4, 2012 4:45PM

Open Call - I'm not busy.

My mother always said, if you want to get out of a social engagement, just say you are busy.  It wasn't really lying and that was sufficient.  You could be busy and that was not only an acceptable counter activity, it was acceptable period.  It was OK to be busy.

I… Read full post »