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The unbearable me-ness of being

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The fastest way to get sick of yourself is to get into a relationship. I’m in a relationship now and, frankly, I can barely stand myself. Here’s the thing: when you’re alone, all your quirks are perfectly reasonable, yours alone, not to be reconsidered or examined. You’re just YOU. Then you try to explain yourself […]

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The hangover

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I don’t feel like rising. I can manage on my side, breath in and out, the black sheep cat nestled in the crook of my arm. In and out. I can do this, but not much more. I’m not sad. I’m not even defeated. I’m washed clean of all energy or want, an ebbing tide. […]

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Another novel finished

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Last night, at around 11:00 pm, I finished writing a first draft of a novel. It is the third I’ve finished since the one I published. The tale of why none of the three have made it out in the world is one for another day. Although, to be fair, with one being less than […]

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On being one-note

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I wish I could write about more things. I’ve often lamented to myself that my blog goes like this: finding that you’ve somehow become the adult is weird, men and relationships are perplexing, books, books, books, ohmygod Trump. Rinse, repeat. I don’t think I’m a one-note person. (Or even a four-note person). Heck, just the […]

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Tips to look after your husband

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Tips to look after your husband

It’s probably because this is the week that The Handmaid’s Tale debuts on Hulu, but I’ve been thinking a lot about male/female relations lately. And I have a confession to make: I kind of get why men would be sexist. I discovered The Handmaid’s Tale as a high school student, one of many subversive books […]

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Mansplaining, or learning the art of listening

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Yesterday, I was going through my early-morning ritual of watching some CNN before getting my day started. They turned their attention to a discussion of the Bill O’Reilly ouster from Fox. What did it mean? How did it go down? There were three women on the panel, and I was fascinated to learn that they […]

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National Sibling Day

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Dear turtles and late bloomers

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I often held back from doing things in my teens and twenties because I was inexperienced, lacked the savvy and connections. I felt “too young.” I had two kids, blinked, and suddenly all around me, people a decade younger than I was were accomplishing the things I’d felt too young to attempt. Enter the curse […]

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Featured on the Barnes and Noble Teen Blog

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Featured on the Barnes and Noble Teen Blog

Imagine my delight to see this great list on the prestigious and widely-read B&N Teen Blog, and then imagine it doubling when I realized my book is on it! Immigration stories are so important in today’s climate. They help people view the day’s conversations through a prism of compassion and understanding. That’s why I wrote […]

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See you at the Maplewood/South Orange Book Festival

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I hope to see you at the Maplewood/South Orange Book Festival on June 9th and 10th. It’s a book-festival-ish weekend with not one but TWO wonderful book events (I may need to get my ruby slippers on to knock my heels together and get from one place to the next). Luckily, they’re both close to […]

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