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And the Word for 2018 is …

Happy New Year! Have you picked a special word, a single source of inspiration to guide you through the year? Last year I abandoned resolutions before they could abandon me, choosing “create” and “push” as my words for 2017. Yes, that’s two words. I’m not always the best rule follower. This year I played with […]

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Push, Create, Repeat

Confession: I have a tendency to seek comfort, to do things that don’t require too much of me. I like exercise that doesn’t involve sweat. I will always choose walking over running; don’t get me started on that hot yoga nonsense. (Perspiring in close proximity to strangers? Um, no.) My reading and viewing options also reflect this […]

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Dear Politics and Prose (A Thank You)

Dear Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, This is, I promise, a thank you note. I’ve read about the hate mail and the threatening phone calls, all tied to an ugly, bizarre conspiracy theory that’s upended your cozy block of shops and restaurants. (The false story and its aftermath are detailed in this Washington Post story: Pizzagate: […]

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Embracing Zion

Yuge Novel News!

No, this isn’t about Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, though I get a kick out of their very New York way of pronouncing “huge.” Here’s my yuge New York-related news: I’m going to be represented by InkWell Management, where I get to work with the fabulous Liz Parker! I have a literary agent! (Note: I am usually judicious when it comes […]

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The Only Word Parents Need From That Magical Book on Decluttering

You are contemplating Marie Kondo’s best selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, because it promises to change your life. But you are crazy busy and also you may have misplaced the copy that called to you from the bargain book aisle at Costco. (Pro tip: Good chance it’s shoved […]

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A Sure-Fire Way to Get the Kiddos Reading AND Writing

I’ve always been an avid reader. As for writing, books like Harriet the Spy inspired me to take detailed notes on my world. But not all kids love to pick up a novel or a pen. There’s one special approach that’s led to success in our household. Sometimes, it comes with an element of raucous rock concert fun. Other times, it’s more like […]

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My Hobbit Journal. I may have been 12.

Let Weirdness Reign

So in honor of one weird week, I wrote one of my odder guest posts. It’s like a “you got peanut butter in my chocolate” moment, except my Sundance Catalog got in some Hobbit movies. The catalog, if you didn’t know, is a Robert Redford product that offers the ageless adventurer clothing and jewelry so free-spirited your Amex […]

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My Kitchen: One Wild Setting for One Wild Book

Running Wild in the Burbs

Oops, typo. I meant “Reading Wild in the Burbs.” But anyway, now that you’re here, please stay for a little story about a book (Cheryl Strayed‘s Wild, film out December 5), and a special bookclub. So about that bookclub… Our first meeting was in my living room. Our first book was Alice McDermott’s Charming Billy. We drank wine; we […]

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