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Happy 70th Birthday, Mom!

Mom, Today is Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Your 70th birthday. It’s morning still. The girls are off at school and I’m sitting alone at the kitchen island, listening to music, staring at this screen. Tears fill my eyes as I…

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100 Days, the Chicago Cubs & Election Anxiety

Hi, guys! Today is November 3, 2016 and it’s been 100 days since I stopped drinking and I want to celebrate this. I’ve been taking a picture like this every ten days or so, literally capturing my “self” and then…

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38 Years

Today, October 4th, 2016, is my 38th birthday. I was born 38 years ago, at 3:38am and I love the story Mom tells of my swift arrival, of how she awoke with a monstrous contraction in the middle of the…

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I Didn’t Cry This Time

I’m in Chicago to do some early private events for the paperback release of my novel The Ramblers. The book hits shelves this coming Tuesday, October 4th, which also happens to be my 38th birthday and the day I will…

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I Lost Myself A Little Bit

September 12, 2016. Something amazing happened this morning. My three daughters got on the school bus together for the first time. To go to the same school. My former school. A milestone. A moment. They were happy as they climbed…

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I’ve Always Loved You

I’m a quote person. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved stumbling upon lines in a book and underlining them, returning to them again and again. Other people’s words are sometimes just what I need to imbibe, an…

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Denying Our Stories

I just finished another great book, one worth recommending here: Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution by Brené Brown. I’ve long been a fan of Brown’s work – particularly her writing on vulnerability, shame and perfectionism – and…

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On Truth Hangovers & Wounds in the Process of Healing

Last week, I wrote a post called The Slow and Certain Heartbreak of Playing It Safe.  Let me rephrase: I didn’t so much as write it as it tumbled from a place deep within me. I was sitting at a…

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Posted in: DAILY GRIND, IVY LEAGUE INSECURITIES., Online & Onscreen, Uncategorized

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Where Am I?

Where am I? I’m sitting at my kitchen island in my red and white heart pajamas. Drinking my umpteenth cup of coffee. Listening to The Lumineers. Feeling wildly, wonderfully stuck. Yes, I said it. Stuck. But not stuck in a…

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Is Everything Copy?

Photo: Star Tribune Last night, Husband and I watched the new HBO documentary about Nora Ephron called Everything Is Copy. Nora’s son Jacob Bernstein, a classmate of mine from Dalton, wrote and directed the film, which I found to be…

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