What’s Love Got To Do With It?

I just heard another online dating service success story. That makes… a million. Okay, maybe not a million, but it seems that over the last few months, several happy couples (some of them married) have told me that they met online. I remember when there was a certain stigma attached to online dating. We traditional […]

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What takes you back?

The other day, in the grocery store, I heard the Peaches and Herb song, Reunited. I am not crazy about that song, but there was a time (I am somewhat reluctant to admit) when I was. I used to listen to the radio waiting to hear it. (Remember when you used to have to do […]

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Say cheese!

In my book Beautiful Lives there is a three-legged dog named Outlet who smiles. I wrote him in for excellent dramatic reasons, of course, but also because I am a sucker for a dog that smiles. My dog, Lexi, isn’t really a smiler. More often than not, the camera captures her sad-eyed hound dog expression […]

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Get that man a cape!

How could I not read a news story with this title: “16 People, 8 Kidneys, One Domino Transplant.” Not only does the title suggest science at its most magical best, but it sits above a photograph of a happy, smiling donor and a happy smiling surgeon with an enormous mustache. Here’s how it worked. This […]

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Voluntary (customized!) Simplicity

A couple of weeks ago over Cold Stone ice cream, my friend mentioned an article she’d read about how more and more Americans are adopting simpler lifestyles. In fact, she said, it’s a movement, a philosophy of “voluntary simplicity” by which people are learning the value of less: Less money, less stuff, less jonesing, less […]

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

It’s been a super long time since I posted a question of the day… This one was inspired by my friend who recently wrote about how hard it has been for her to identify her calling… Her post, “What do you want to be when you grow up” is thoughtful and serious and worth reading. […]

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No One Likes A Perfect Mother

So, I wasn’t going to post today. It’s Mother’s Day after all. But this morning I read “Truly, Madly, Guiltily, a New York Times piece written by Ayelet Waldman, and it made me want to write something today. On Mother’s Day. In part because I suspect that in taking Ayelet Waldman’s side, I may irritate […]

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Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Recently I read Judith Rich’s HuffPo post, Elizabeth Edwards And Us: Lessons in Resilience. It is a follow-up to an earlier post in which she decided to make a 100-day plan, taking one step each day toward a creative goal. (A great idea, I’ve been doing it too.) Unfortunately, a week or so into her […]

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One Writer’s Rant

Okay, so I’m going to write about writing today, but stick with me and I’ll do this amazing thing at the end where I stun you with my brilliant insight and make my point universal. Ready? Let’s go! I read this really great post by Jane Friedman, whose blog, There Are No Rules, is one […]

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Are you a good driver?

I’m not. I admit. I’ve had two accidents and three tickets during my nearly three decades of driving. All of them were my fault. And even though that record may not sound terrible – perhaps you know people with worse records? please? – I know the truth. I’m not attentive enough when I drive. My […]

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