The Shame Game

For the past three days I have avoided writing. Strange for a writer whose compulsion to express was laid in her cradle. Or perhaps for that very reason. Because writing succeeds the decision to tell the truth. Or at least my version of it. And […]

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When words fail you, what can you say?

Words are not supposed to escape writers. After all, is it not our mandate to use them, wisely, powerfully, pointedly? In the face of so much bad news – from the post-Hurricane Maria public health issues of Puerto Rico to the single white male slaughter […]

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The Key to Unhappiness

It is time to turn the tables. Typically, I focus on what works in life. But today I’m taking a new approach. It hit me like a ton of sun-baked bricks this morning as I observed life and the people in it that there is […]

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The Backward and Hateful Mind

Nestled in the aggregate air of three countries rolled into one atmosphere, I lay awake one starry night to ponder the hating heart. We arrived to our campground on Lake Constance that borders Switzerland, Germany and Austria to the news of a gun shooting at […]

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The Search for Simplicity

The sweet, satisfied sigh that ensues a Sudoku puzzle accomplished. The chubby rolls of a baby’s leg. The quickly abated tragedy put aside with ice cream and a game of catch. The nightly news that speaks of a neighborhood robbery, not the salacious stealing of […]

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Uprooted, upended, upside down

Change. The thing you find lying randomly on the sidewalk. And that other thing that defines what being alive means. My one and only daughter turned eighteen the other day. I experienced a mixture of sadness and elation. Sad that her childhood is slowly coming […]

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When Great isn’t Good Enough

Even when we create miracles, sometimes the people who have asked for them aren’t able to receive them. Life can be like that. And it’s frustrating. And somehow nearly amusing. The smile hasn’t left my face in over an hour. It is an odd reaction, […]

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Slow Culture, Fast World

The honeymoon is over. The bubble has popped. Reality slammed me in the face at 6 am this morning. That tender space of suspending thinking, in which you float between the time you return from vacation and the return to the day-to-day, is filled with wonder. Your […]

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