2017 Reading List

Earlier this month, I got into a testy professional conversation with an online colleague who was bemoaning how colleges/universities are no longer permitted to teach the dead white guy literary canon because diversity, or something equally stupid. It pissed me off. Not only is that claim patently untrue, but it also denigrates the many brilliant writers who don’t happen to be white males...
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Sunday Soundtrack: “Cherish”

Today’s tune is “Cherish,” one of my favorite classic Madonna tunes from her late ’80s album Like a Prayer. It has an effortless bounce and an absolutely adorable video. Madonna recently won the Woman of the Year award from Billboard magazine, and she had some great things to say about being a woman I’d like to share: “As women, we have to start appreciating...
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Shoot Me Now

So I had to get head shots. Let me just say that the idea of head shots appeals to me about as much as a root canal, since most of the time I look at pictures of myself and wonder how long that puffer fish has been stealing from my closet. Seriously, ugh. But a book is coming out and I have to be serious about the writing and promo and although Mr. Man is wonderful and fabulous, it’s not...
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Feeling Like a 900-Year-Old Woman

As a good friend of mine says, anything worth doing is worth overdoing. In my case, that means I went from what I thought was really impressive heartburn (something totally normal for teacher types with too much to do and too little time to do it in) to an inflamed gall bladder. There’s nothing like “gall bladder surgery” to make you feel like a 900-year-old woman. Seriously,...
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Something Wicked This Way Comes

One Sunday morning lo, these many years ago, I went to youth group at the church and met up with my friend Scott. We had horrifying news to discuss. Daddy had gone on a date the night before–with Scott’s MOTHER. After sharing mutual teenage ick over the thought of parents dating, one of us hazarded the unthinkable: “What if they GOT MARRIED?!” Well, they did. I inherited...
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