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This One Will Hurt You

I love a good essay about vulnerability, about all the ways the world can hurt you no matter how much you try to keep that from happening. Paul Crenshaw knows how to write straight into the center of that vulnerability. I ordered his essay collection, This One Will Hurt You, from a little bookstore in […]

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Stop and count

I get down on myself a lot about all the things I should be doing – I should be publishing more, I should have a book out already, I should be doing residencies and workshops and getting more grants. Most writers, especially those of us who are also parents, can probably relate. We watch our […]

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Thank you, AWP!

Thanks to all those who turned out for our panel discussion, “Crafting Narrative Identity with Unreliable Memories,” at the Association of Writing Professionals 2019 conference in Portland, Oregon. It was a great group – full house! I look forward to next time.

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Listen. Safe. Here.

I like to start my yoga practice by thinking of an intention. Maybe it’s something I’m grateful for. Or maybe it’s the reason I came to my mat that day. But more often than not, it’s usually just a word. A focal point. A place to put my mind when it wanders. This morning, three […]

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One-day memory seminar coming Jan. 21!

Writing Into The Blur: Using Brain Science to Write Your Memoir with Wendy Fontaine Sunday, January 21 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Writers At Work 4022 Fountain Ave., Suite 202, Los Angeles, 90029 $50 preregistered (by Jan. 15) $60 at the door Light refreshments will be served Memoir is a genre composed of personal memories, […]

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Every Last Lie

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica My rating: 3 of 5 stars Good read. Lots of suspense. I liked that just when I thought I’d figured something out, there was a twist. Some things I did figure out. And some I didn’t. Very good pacing. I thought there was a bit too much reflection and […]

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How A Meal Kit is Making Me A Better Parent

My daughter chopped the garlic and sliced the sweet peppers. I browned the beef and grated the ginger. Then we slipped the peppers into the oven for roasting and boiled two handfuls of udon noodles. Thirty minutes later, we had a killer stir fry for dinner. More important, though, was what we didn’t have: arguments […]

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It’s not too late for a summer read

Looking for a good end-of-summer book? Here’s a list I wrote for a magazine in Rhode Island called Newport Mercury. Some great titles here! What I’m reading right now: The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens.

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Yoga & Writing Workshop

My friend Grace and I are teaching a special workshop on writing and yoga on Sunday, April 23. Would love to see you there! Shining the Light: Awakening Through Yoga and Writing with Grace & Wendy Yoga and writing have a lot in common. Both require practice and can be used as tools to awaken […]

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Me and my momma. 1977

Me and my mother, 1977. Old Orchard Beach, Maine. In this photo, my mother is only 22 years old. We are at an amusement park at the beach – in one of those photo booths. I don’t remember much about this day, since I was just three years old. But I wish I could remember […]

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