How Long It Takes Lessons To Sink In

When I was twenty-one and living in Madrid, the forty-one-year-old dentist I was ‘dating’ (the details of which I will not describe here because they are all in The Book of Moods and it would be better if my mother read them along with the rest of the world), once tried to show me a […]

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Feathers In Your Cap: How Strength Is Built Through Mistakes

[EXCERPT FROM ‘THE BOOK OF MOODS’]   A few years ago a woman named Gina sent me a message on LinkedIn. I just love Words of Women, she wrote. I’m a lawyer at a big law firm and think I could help you if you ever wanted to expand into other things with the brand. […]

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GRIT: The Answer To Success In Hard Times

The other day, a memory popped into my mind. I was twelve and in the car on the way to tennis camp. Always a shy kid, when I arrived, my throat dropped into my chest when I noted all the kids huddled outside the courts. It was not so much the presence of the kids […]

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The Secret of Creating Good Luck

If you don’t mind, I’d like to tell you a story about my friend Grace.  Five years ago Grace moved  from Connecticut to New York hoping to restart her life. High school had been rough for her. She had a back brace from scoliosis and social anxiety. On top of her genetic bad luck, her […]

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Progress Amongst a Pandemic: What I Have Learned from COVID-19

In early March of 2020, I was a full-time student at Virginia Tech. Like any average college attendee, I constantly struggled to find a balance between academics and social life. Accompanying this, I was embarking on a difficult period in my life; relationships were falling apart and my seasonal depression was at its yearly peak. […]

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What Bad Houseguests Taught Me About Expectations

A few days ago something strange happened. I guess it all started when Tom and Jane came to visit. The couple, whom Jay and I have known for a few years, were our first visitors to Philly. Two days before their arrival we’d bought fresh flowers, organic groceries, new guest towels. We were, all clichés […]

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How A Book Review Taught Me To Take Risks

I am writing this in bed right now. Two hours ago I got back from a beach holiday. My first vacation in over a year. And while I expected to come home relaxed and refreshed, I find myself unable to sit still, relax, calm down. I can’t focus, read, meditate, because, well, I’m too excited. […]

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Octavia Butler on The Proof & Power of Manifestation

If you want a thing–truly want it, want it so badly that you need it as you need air to breathe, then unless you die, you will have it. Why not? It has you. There is no escape. What a cruel and terrible thing escape would be if escape were possible. – Parable of the […]

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How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life

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