Caren Osten Gerszberg

Caren Osten Gerszberg Caren Osten Gerszberg is a freelance writer and blogger. She has contributed to The New York Times and many national magazines, and is co-founder and editor of the Drinking Diaries blog. You can see a selection of her work at, and follow her on twitter: @carenosten

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My Mother’s Secret

January 21, 2014
My mother's secret

She hid the wine bottles in the safety of her closet, where I imagine she escaped to take a swig or ten, and left the empties behind.
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A Mother’s Day Dichotomy

May 9, 2012
red tulips for mothers day

It’s a sad reality that Mother’s day has shaped into a dichotomy of the beautiful and the lets-get-this-over-with.
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Alcoholic-Related Dementia

February 28, 2012
dimentia and drinking

Although my mother is sober now, it seems that her on-and-off-again loss of memory is a result of a period of heavy drinking within the past ten years.
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Dogs & Wine

December 12, 2011

Sometimes, the meeting takes place on her front steps, and we sip as our two 75-plus pound dogs run, tumble, bark or just lie resting nearby.
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Cheers to Us and the Drinking Diaries

November 11, 2011

Drinking Diaries was conceived, sadly, as a result of my own mother’s drinking. Well into her sixties, my mother’s wine habit went from socially acceptable and culturally expected (she’s French) to deeply problematic.
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