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Manufacturing Authority for Fun and Profit: Three Moments of Misplaced Belief

My daughter’s recent and traumatic first day of seventh grade has me again pondering how we accept authority. My perspectives on this topic have been shaped by three distinct epiphanies.…
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Fear, Loathing and Writing a Memoir

Perhaps you love to write. Perhaps you dream about writing a memoir. Before you begin, the fear sets in. What will my mother think? Like two writerly super heroes, Anne Lamott and…
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What Happens to the Love We Forget?

What happens to the experiences we forget? If we forget a day, or place, or a love, is it as though it never happened? Years ago, I stopped taking photographs.…
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These Blues Will Get Me Through

The struggle is one eternal and relentless, the one of woman and man versus house and finance, versus each other, versus children and laundry and summer vacation, versus unfinished manuscript.…
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Collateral Damage: Causalities of the Girl I Used to Be

The crimes of my youth surfaced with the arrival of my old friend in my city. I first met Josh the summer I worked at the Old Faithful resort in…
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How Do You Become a Writer?

When do you know that you’re a real writer? Is it the first moment you pick up the pen and scratch out a sentence, or is it back when you…
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How Not to Get What You Want: The Agony of Expectation

The grass is always greener on the other side. Hindsight is 20/20. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. How many times have you heard these…

An Ode to Roller Derby

You remember roller derby, right? Legions of shockingly brave and powerful women race around a track on roller skates in hopes of scoring points and avoiding grievous injury. My kiddo…

That Girl That Does Things (A List of Priorities)

In order to avoid real work this weekend, I decided that my entire writing office need a deep clean and reorganization. This inevitably entailed me sitting on the floor and leafing…
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The Indulgent Pleasure of Re-Reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Turn on all your lights, find a dog to sit at your feet and don’t expect to get any sleep the night you decide to read Bram Stoker’s Dracula. You…