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The shame of the Obama administration

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The first time I saw Barack Obama speak, in 2004, I knew one day he would be president.  He just had to be.  On a business trip to Chicago, I read Dreams From My Father and the feeling intensified.  Here was a man who was insightful and sensitive, his view of the world nuanced and […]

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George Bush Presidential Library – how you mock me

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I read this post last week and I put it on my (ridiculously, incredibly long) list of things to write about.  George Bush Presidential Library?  Seriously? I  decided I would write a post about how crazy unfair it is that I have exactly ZERO libraries with my name on them, although I’ve dedicated my life […]

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Commercials I love: Graduation

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There are lots of  reasons I love this commercial: it’s subtle, it’s simple and it leaves most everything for the viewer to imagine.  But there are more personal reasons too: it tells a brave immigrant story, all in a 30 second spot.  The mom in the commercial is a seamstress, like the mom in my […]

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Commercials I hate: More is better

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Where to begin with hating this commercial:  first, as a soon-to-be-liberated AT&T customer, I cringe at the thought of AT&T bragging it’s got more of anything.  (A post for another day).  But also I find this commercial to be – and not to overstate its importance – an example of some of the things that […]

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Announcing: Blog tour in June!

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Anyone who knows me knows that my birthday is a month-long event.  Coming smack-dab in the middle of June as it does, I have long considered June “Maria Month.”  So it stands to reason that I would kick-off my book promotion in my favorite month, when flowers are in bloom, the air is sweet and […]

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NON-VIDEO: How NOT to do a video about getting a literary agent

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NON-VIDEO: How NOT to do a video about getting a literary agent

So, I was down the shore this past weekend and, with my new burning desire for YouTube fame I figured I would be SO CLEVER if I recorded my “how I got my literary agent” video in front of the beach.  It was going to be epic, you see?  Great scenery.  Symbolism of perseverance on […]

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Is it wrong to call the President “adorable?”                    

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Bomb scare in the Port Authority

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Because, you know, the Port Authority isn’t bad enough on its own. Initial reports seem unclear but someone posted that some clown left a box with toy granades.  Freaking hilarious, loser!  Wow, that’s just so clever. Pardon me while I indulge in just the teensiest rant about it.  While there is no accounting for idiots, […]

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A bittersweet freedom

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She turned my life upside down in the most painful way imaginable 10 years ago.  Then she disappeared.  Yesterday, she wrote me on Facebook, asking for a big favor.  It was something of a shock, sitting as I was at my desk eating a granola bar, minding my own business. Her email began, “I’ve been […]

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I didn’t forget

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You didn’t forget? Me neither. But what’s the use in remembering?                                          

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