Tag: Books

Next Year is its own Resolution

Next Year is its own Resolution
There is a desperation that comes at the end of the year. All the things not yet accomplished, all the things to begin fresh with the new year. Lists of goals and resolutions and the abortive calculus of “better than” versus “working on” multiplied by “Things That Have Changed.” After Thanksgiving, it’s all a matter of... Read more »

I Pretend To Be Honest

I Pretend To Be Honest
This post was inspired by this week’s ChicagoNow Blogapalooza prompt.   When I was about fourteen, I read “Mother Night” by Kurt Vonnegut. I was already a huge fan. Two years earlier, my father had assigned “Cat’s Cradle” as part of my homeschooling curriculum, and I had devoured every Vonnegut book in the house before... Read more »

The Book I Needed In My Darkest Moment

The Book I Needed In My Darkest Moment
There are a few times in your life when you see yourself as you truly are, in that moment. Not as who you are inside, what fundamentally defines you, but objectively- when you are confronted with yourself and it takes your breath away. Sometimes it’s a good thing, sometimes you are fortunate enough to see... Read more »
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Going to Neverland (and never coming back)

Going to Neverland (and never coming back)
When I was a child, my whole family would read books together. Pippi Longstocking, The Hobbit, Watership Down, Pinnochio. Each night my parents would read a chapter while my sisters and I sat on the couch, rapt. It was something I always wanted to do with my own children, when the time came. And now,... Read more »

Two New Must Read Books (featuring Yours Truly)

Two New Must Read Books (featuring Yours Truly)
I am humbled and thrilled to announce that today two new books hit the shelves featuring the words of yours truly. Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, and Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor. What can I say, I have a penchant for producing twins. Listen To Your Mother: What... Read more »

Sometimes When Somebody Loves You

Sometimes When Somebody Loves You
For the last few days, my children have been watching “Charlotte’s Web.” On a loop. Without cease. This is entirely my own fault, and I know that. I’m the one who went and got them the movie for Channukah. I’m the one who said, like an idiot, “Hey kids! Let’s all sit down together and... Read more »
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How Do You Know What Makes You Happy?

How Do You Know What Makes You Happy?
Last night I attended a LinkedIn social networking event. I’d never done anything like it before, but I figured it was targeted towards writers and members of the non-profit community, so I might actually make a couple really good contacts. The first thing I learned? Such networking events should come with a big “J/K LOL!”... Read more »