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READ THE F—ING MANUAL

READ THE F—ING MANUAL

I’ve lived in my current home for more than a couple of decades and I’ve always voted at the same polling place that’s around the corner from my house. It feels familiar as I take the short drive there whenever there’s an election and I see the same volunteers and...

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THE MIND: FRIEND OR FOE?

THE MIND: FRIEND OR FOE?

Your mind can be a powerful and splendid ally. It can be a motivator, a meticulous planner and a supreme puzzle solver. It can open you up to magical worlds and beauty you never imagined, but it's not necessarily your friend. Bestselling author and writing teacher...

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Reliving the Past

Reliving the Past

I had a rare opportunity yesterday to meet with a woman I hadn’t seen for fifty years. That sounds like a lifetime and in some cases it is. But when I saw Robin after such a long time, she was the same vivacious, vital person she had been in her teens, when we were in...

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Do I Matter?

Do I Matter?

I’ve had the privilege of editing two books for John Densmore, the implacable drummer for the Doors who cares deeply about the planet and the people in it. The first book was called “The Doors Unhinged” about John’s efforts to maintain the dignity of the music they...

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Building Community

Building Community

MY WEEKLY BLOG Building Community One of the most challenging aspects of the society in which I live is building and maintaining community with like-minded people. When I leave the house to run errands, I’m mostly in my car and I don't necessarily have a lot to do...

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WRITING MY BOOK

WRITING MY BOOK

MY WEEKLY BLOG Writing My Book About two years ago, I taught my first writing class. I'd been ghostwriting for celebrities for decades, I had a number of bestsellers on the lists, I’d written a book about my healing experiences,, I’d penned my memoir, I'd played...

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What Do Birthdays Mean?

What Do Birthdays Mean?

Tomorrow, Monday, January 6th, is my birthday and I’m not sure how I feel about it. On my fiftieth, I had just ended a marriage and I remember being devastated when someone welcomed me into the half century club, a club that I had no desire to join, especially now...

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Asking for Help

Asking for Help

I left home at age 14 when I moved from Massachusetts to Washington, DC, to attend the first school in the United States that offered ballet and academics under the same roof. I started each day with a ballet class, I went on to French and math class, I had another...

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GOING INSIDE

GOING INSIDE

Yesterday, December 21st, 2019, was the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. We are presently getting only nine hours of sunlight each day and I think we all feel this in some way. You don't have to be spiritual to see the significance in...

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Giving a Gift

Giving a Gift

A couple of days ago, I was at my local knitting store, La Knittierie Parisienne, on Ventura Boulevard, with my community of people who sit together for hours on end to practice our shared craft. I’ve come to really appreciate these women and men as time passes, a...

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