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Content, Whatever the Circumstances

Last week, my college friend Henry Holcomb asked, “Any regrets?” when we spent the day together in Pennsylvania. He referred to my big dreams of a New York journalism career, which I walked away from when I met Lev. “No,” I replied without hesitation. “Why not?” he persisted. I told…

 

The Value of a Writers’ Conference

Writers’ conferences are on all the “to do” lists for aspiring authors, along with branding, blog, social media presence and the like. Finding community is two-pronged: Authors need to build community with both potential readers and with other authors, agents and publishers. I found the Moravian Writers’ Conference through Beth…

 

Travel Tip #4. Take Only What You Can Carry

Travel Tip #4. Assume that no one will help you with your luggage. Carry no more than you can handle and lift by yourself. I learned my lesson when Lev and I took the fast train to Avignon from Paris. We had ridden trains in Europe before, but always between…

 

How Do You Show You Care?

Recently, Janet Daniel posted a link from the Los Angeles Times: “How Not to Say the Wrong Thing.” While the roughly drawn concentric circles of relationships that surround the person(s) undergoing difficulties is difficult for me to understand, I have thought a lot about the text that accompanies it. It…

 

Durkee Deviled Eggs

Does anyone remember Durkee Famous Sandwich & Salad Sauce? Supposedly, Abraham Lincoln spread Durkee on his turkey sandwiches in the White House. My mother turned up her nose at Durkee (and Miracle Whip), believing that Hellman’s Mayonnaise was the only appropriate spread for sandwiches. My mother-in-law, on the other hand,…

 

In Praise of Friendship

Since I lost Lev, I find that I value my friends more than ever; and those with whom I share a history have special value. Email–but Facebook even more–has created an easy way to keep up with old friends, where once our single communication might have been the annual Christmas…