For the Love of Kale

Yesterday on Facebook I learned that many (many!) of my friends have strong positive feelings about kale. I mentioned kale in a post on trends I don’t understand (the others were skinny jeans on men and owning your own live chickens).  The kale lovers came out in droves to defend their beloved leafy greens, posting […]

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The Best Question

A friend posted a link to a blog post this morning by a woman wrestling with the possibility that she and her husband may never have children. My heart hurt as I read it because I’ve been there, and I sort of wished I could hug her… except that I’ve been on the receiving end […]

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How can I be “private” and still write memoir?

Last week a reader emailed me in response to my post about grief and how I tend to work through things privately. She asked,  “I understand being a private person, but I’m curious how that works since you write books and go on tours talking about things that have happened?” It’s a great question. My […]

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How The West Wing is helping me think about another NYTimes article

Steve and I are in the midst of a two-week West Wing marathon.  I love the writing – plot, pacing, brilliant banter. It helps me think about the mixed reality of human life: how sometimes we win, but just as often we lose, either because we blow it or someone pulls some last minute stunt […]

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Calling Bullsh*t on the Trauma of Being Alive

I just read an article in today’s New York Times called The Trauma of Being Alive. It pissed me off. It feeds the dysfunctional obsession with defining ourselves in terms of the worst thing that has happened so far.  Child of bad parents? Been through an ugly divorce? Lose a friend or sibling or parent […]

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Surprised by Joy (and a purple Huffy bike)

I spent some happy times on our vacation this week tooling around on this ridiculous purple bicycle. I know there are all kinds of metaphors just waiting for me in this, and I’ll dig them out eventually. (Expect to read about the Purple Huffy in a book someday down the road.) But for now, I’m […]

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