Mr. Censor Goes to Washington

As the Academy squabbles about what were the best movies to hide out with in tumultuous 2016, here are a few movies that will NOT make the 2017 Academy Awards: Mr. Censor Goes to Washington: Set in the murky and … Continue reading

Saved by the Great British Baking Show

In this nasty and endless election year, I have turned to The Great British Baking Show for a dose of spirit-reviving civility. Until this year, I never realized how much civility matters. I have always tried to be polite, but … Continue reading

Lessons from Kids on Destressing

Stressed? Go buy a coloring book and the biggest box of Crayolas you can find. Or sit down in that fancy landscaping you paid a bundle for and play with the rocks. Yes, it is that easy. I’ve read two … Continue reading

Quotes on Babies, Unicorns, Smart Women

A lot of people are saying a lot of cool stuff, and I decided, because I am a daughter of a man who had Alzheimer’s, to jot them down before they disappear from my brain cells. Some are from favorite … Continue reading

Just Go On Into the Bathroom; I’ll Be Right with You

I don’t sit around thinking of trouble for my characters all the time. Sometimes, I have to pursue writing that pays. One way I keep the wolf from the door is by writing press releases for Karastan and Mohawk Home. … Continue reading

The Change Cometh: MIB vs. MIL

Maybe it’s not disease or crime or tripping over the cat that kills us. Maybe it’s change. In this winter of impossible snows, devious ice, and sub-zero temperatures that stab through bone, I am thinking of my mother-in-law (MIL). Hoping … Continue reading

Books and Chocolate: A Sweet Combo for Readers

One day while sending out a book to a reviewer, I made a discovery: the box I was using, which was from a great online chocolate retailer named Mantorville Farms, was a perfect fit for my book. The light bulb … Continue reading

Cold Lessons from the Polar Vortex

I like warm and fuzzy vortexes, like the kind I wrote about in Down Dog Diary. I had never even heard of a polar vortex until Minnesota turned into a deep freeze this winter. I mean, when my husband said … Continue reading

The Real Reason We Give Thanks

Giving thanks is important. Not because it earns you brownie points with some higher power. Not because it is polite and civilized. Not because it is one of the three great prayers, according to Anne Lamott (although I agree with … Continue reading

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