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The Very Best Writing Books, Ever

I admit it. I get a little pissy when someone writes a ‘favorite writing books’ post and it always includes the same five books. It’s not that I don’t like Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott or On Writing by Stephen King. They are great books but guess what? There are other books about writing that […]

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The Best Books and Other Things I’ve Read Lately

I am an inveterate reader. I travel with a stack of books, even just for the weekend. I do not understand people who get on a plane without two books and a New Yorker. I feel sad when I visit a town and can’t stop by the bookstore just to see what they recommend. I […]

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When You Need Help Finding Your Way Back to Yourself

I am writing this at my sister’s dining room table in Florida. My mom is asleep nearby on the living room couch, contorted into a comma-like shape in the corner. My sister is asleep in her room down the hall. Mom was up wandering most of the night so everybody is exhausted. And we’d be […]

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How to take care of yourself when everything is up in the air

My last post struck a resonant cord with many of you. Thank you so much for all your supportive wishes and sharing my words with your friends so widely. Your experiences of being in liminal space – this betwixt between time when you’ve let go of one person, place, or job and what’s next isn’t […]

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How to Live When Everything is Up In the Air

After yoga on Saturday, my lovely teacher, Jen, grinned at me and said, “So when are you moving?” At a book signing event that afternoon, my author friends joked to Bob, “You can’t take her,” and then listened as we explained that we haven’t found a house in Colorado yet but we are going to […]

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“You must give up the life you planned in order…”

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell I’ve always loved that quote because it appealed so strongly to 12-year-old me, the me who carried a copy of Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe everywhere, and told anyone who asked […]

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Favorite Books of 2014 – Gift Guide, Too!

I remember when my friend Mary owned her B&B in Inverness, California. I met her on my (first) honeymoon and we became friends after I read all her columns in Innkeeper Magazine while recouping from food poisoning. We had come to Mary’s inn because she called it “an inn for hikers and readers.” Well, that […]

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Savoring & Serving in November

I am writing this on a small plane, flying back from Santa Barbara to my home. I spent last week visiting a former life peopled with current friends. Isn’t it funny how the longer you live, the more it feels like you’ve lived several lifetimes? I lived one of my lifetimes in that sunbaked seaside […]

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Why You Creating Stuff Matters

Sometimes I wonder why I write this blog, why I lead writing retreats, why I’m spending time every day writing my new project. I regularly wonder, “Why are you doing this when the world is dying?!” (By dying I mean climate change.) “People are starving. Girls are being turned into sex slaves. Do something!” This […]

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Please Join Me in No More Waiting 

I used to believe shaping a life that included more of what I wanted was something I could do only if everything was right. As in: if I wasn’t depressed, if my health wasn’t wobbly, if I wasn’t doubting myself, and everybody else was pretty happy – especially my Lilly or Bob. Otherwise, I’d freeze […]

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