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The deeper yearning

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I finally signed my book contract.  Since it’s the culmination of a lifelong dream, you’d figure I’d be in absolute bliss. And I am.  Sort of. Once a goal is achieved, it’s my nature to think of the next one.  The immediate next goal is making this a kick-butt book.  But the clock runs out on that endeavor on […]

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It’s official! I’ve signed my book deal!

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On Wednesday, May 15th, I took a stroll over to my wonderful agent’s office to sign my book contract. I didn’t think signing the actual contract would feel like much of anything, since I’ve known this was a done deal since January.  But, somehow, it made it all very real.  My brother came along as […]

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Angelina Jolie’s choice

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When I was little, I would lament the fact that I didn’t have blue eyes to my mom. “Why are my eyes not blue? Why are my eyes so ugly?” I would ask. “Be grateful you’re not blind,” she would answer. For years I thought that meant that all blue-eyed people were blind, or at […]

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A tribute to Tim Hetherington

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I didn’t know Tim Hetherington, but I kind of wish I had. Although I don’t know what a war photojournalist would have had in common with a soccer mom, I somehow think he would have found a way to bridge the gap. He seemed like that kind of guy. I won’t get to find out, […]

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Oh, disappointment, how I loathe thee

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So… I can’t use my book’s title.  The title which has been its title since the book started as a glimmer of an idea.  The only title I’m SURE is its title.  The same title I’ve been Googling since 2007 to make sure it is available.  (It was, until about a month ago). IT IS […]

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A raindrop is a kiss from heaven

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Today, after something of an Arizona spring (in NJ), the heavens unleashed a torrent that flooded sewers and made the inside of my car sweat.  Some cheesy Facebook acquaintance posted a Strawberry Shortcake-type graphic: “A raindrop is a kiss from heaven.”  I was seized by the grumpy thoughts that overcome me when someone is cloyingly, […]

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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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