The Week That Taught Me To Love

I need to talk about last week. A few friends reached out to me, actually, about it. I received a few emails from readers as well. While standing in line at Whole Foods, I checked my phone and there they were. Three, four, five, six, twelve messages.  Of course I’ve gotten angry mail and hateful […]

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Embracing The In-Between State

Day 83 of quarantine, It’s safe to say that things have gotten worse. I mean, things are okay at home. But in general, things are definitely worse. I spent the last few days wondering how I was going to get a newsletter out. Everything I tried to write felt trivial and childish. If I’m being [...]
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What’s The Name of Your Life Movie?

I went to sleep somewhat sad. But I awoke happy, purely animal. When I opened the bedroom windows and looked out onto the cool, calm garden in the first rays of sunlight, I was certain there was nothing to do but live. – Clarice Lispector I was on the verge of a meltdown this weekend. […]

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Dressing Is Manifesting: Style Advice That’s Also Life Advice

Donna was always dressed. She wore what was appropriate for the hour of the day. She dressed for dinner. She liked well-tailored boys’ suits. If you went to her room at four A.M.—she was an insomniac—you’d find her sitting at her desk, smoking a cigarette, wearing a perfectly pressed white shirt buttoned to the top, […]

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My Beautiful Ugly Face

I need an author photo for my book. It’s a request I knew was coming. I had one photo I thought could work, the one I use for this email, the one Jay, my husband, took last year with his new professional camera and because it was in our apartment with its white walls, I […]

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How To Build Your Own World In A Broken One

And if you can’t survive in this world, you had better make a world of your own. – Jeanette Winterson Day 30 of quarantine, Friday night was not a good night for me. In fact, all of last week was difficult. Outwardly, I probably appeared on edge, irritable, maybe a little drunk, but inside, I […]

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