Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Best Way Not to Ruin Somebody Else’s Best Chapter

My younger son read a book — let’s just call it A Good Book for our purposes –and then encouraged my older son to read it. My older son began the book and was reading it at his own pace. This … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: Try Something Untested and Totally New

A devoted reader of this blog pointed out that yesterday’s interview with Liz Jansen and The Writer’s Almanac with snippets from May Swenson, Walker Percy and Maeve Binchy shared a theme. Transformation. Since I’m a firm believer in synchronicity (the … Continue reading

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Liz Jansen: Transformation is an ongoing journey that continues as long as we’re here on earth.

Thank you, Liz Jansen, for joining me on today’s post. Her new book Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment: Fifty Inspirational Stories of Adventure and Self-Discovery, is a wonderful collection of interviews that Liz conducted with a wide range … Continue reading

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Long Weekends: What Not to Do

The lonely, the sad, the dispersed, the displaced: some of the people who don’t like long weekends. Long weekends are like New Year’s Eve. They can make you weep. I came across this poem by Vikram Seth: in the Case … Continue reading

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Bad Reality, Great Story

Sometimes when we’re going through something and it hurts, it feels like we’re never going to get out of it and it’s never going to not hurt. Clichéd expressions  like “this too shall pass” don’t make us feel any better … Continue reading

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Who Doesn’t Like FREE Coffee? You? Then Don’t Read This.

My husband, Jonny – who reads this blog first thing in the morning and likes to see that I mention him – has a magnet on the refrigerator that says: COFFEE—YOU CAN SLEEP WHEN YOU’RE DEAD. Which leads me to … Continue reading

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Are You An Eagle — Or A Spider?

Moving from yesterday’s domestic spiel, “To Make or Not to Make…Your Bed” today’s post moves into the wild animal kingdom for some answers on how to live your best chapter. What are you – a spider or an eagle? Here’s … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: To Make Or Not To Make…Your Bed

I was reading Gretchen Rubin’s blog post “Guess:What’s the Most Popular Resolution for Happiness?” here, and she wrote, “…if you’re feeling overwhelmed, picking one little task to improve your situation, and doing it regularly, can help you regain a sense … Continue reading

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Tip: How Not to Walk On Egg Shells

  My friend Joelle called me the other day. She said she was walking on eggshells every time she spoke to her sister because she is scared she’ll say the wrong thing. (You can read about that here.) Then it hit … Continue reading

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Do You Brand the People You Love?

The last time we spoke to Lily, she was struggling with the love/anger acid test, which I wrote about here. She was stumped by how to love someone while still being angry at them, and how to be angry at … Continue reading

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