Why We Write

By Posted in - General on February 21st, 2013 7 Comments

A writer friend came over yesterday. She’s written a novel. She brought over a fat, beautiful binder full of pages, full of story, and I can’t wait to read it.

We talked about publication and agents …

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Anti-Frantic

By Posted in - General on January 25th, 2013 25 Comments

I think I’ve been in a hurry for almost seven years. In January of 2006, I found out I was pregnant with Henry. Later that week, I was offered a contract to write Cold Tangerines. …

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The Push & the Permission

By Posted in - General on January 14th, 2013 15 Comments

First, thank you, thank you, thank you for your kindness and grace and encouragement. It happens every time: when I take a deep breath and tell the truth about myself–the scary-wild-unruly truth–what I find along …

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On Prayer, Rest, Self-Care

By Posted in - General on January 9th, 2013 34 Comments

I’ve had the growing sense throughout the last year that what has been working for many years is no longer working. Writing and traveling and speaking at the pace I’ve been doing it is no …

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2013

By Posted in - General on January 7th, 2013 5 Comments

Happy New Year! As always, we’re starting our new year routines about a week late, because we were away with my family, leaving on Christmas morning and just returning Friday night.

We’ve been visiting the same …

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Bookplate Update

By Posted in - General on December 20th, 2012 3 Comments

You all are awesome! We’ve been totally and very pleasantly surprised by all the bookplate requests. I go to the PO Box every single day, and then I send out a big stack later that …

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Words from Friends

By Posted in - General on December 19th, 2012 3 Comments

One of the things I’m most thankful for this year is friendship, and specifically friendships with other writers. Sometimes you hear that writers can’t be friends with other writers, that we’re competing for readers and …

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Lullabies & Other Loveliness

By Posted in - General on November 13th, 2012 15 Comments

Last night was the first snow here in Chicago, and that means it is, once again, that time—conversations have turned to who’s bringing what to the holiday meal, what the kids want for Christmas from …

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My Greatest Gift

By Posted in - General on October 25th, 2012 26 Comments

My greatest gift is procrastination. The busier things are, the more able I am to occupy myself with a far-reaching panoply of totally unnecessary activities. 

Let’s take this week as an example. 

As you know, on Monday …

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Five Friday Favorites

By Posted in - General on September 21st, 2012 0 Comments

It’s a rainy, cool Friday, the end of a wild week. Aaron and my mom have both been traveling, home and then away and then home again, which means all our routines are off, and …

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NYC Favorites

By Posted in - General on August 30th, 2012 5 Comments

As promised, the details from our super-fun weekend in NYC—where we stayed, where we ate, what we loved.

Since our trip, so many of you have asked for NYC recommendations. Really, lots and lots of …

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Divide & Conquer

By Posted in - General on August 24th, 2012 15 Comments

Our parenting strategy—or even, possibly, our life strategy recently–has been ‘Divide and Conquer.’

When I was pregnant and sick, I stayed home basically all the time, and Aaron took Henry to school and to the park. …

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GO TIME

By Posted in - General on August 13th, 2012 19 Comments

Good morning. It’s a rainy Monday, cool-ish. I was up early with the kids, making toast for Henry, feeding Mac yogurt, and now I’m all set up in the empty little office at the church …

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Evan Jager, Track Star

By Posted in - General on July 31st, 2012 6 Comments

We are LOVING watching the Olympics—we watch the Today Show in the morning to see all the recaps and stories, and after dinner, while Henry colors and Mac bangs pots and pans on the floor, …

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On Summer, Part 1

By Posted in - General on July 30th, 2012 4 Comments

Hi, pals. Love to you from my go-to coffee shop, where I am happily surrounded by lists, scraps of paper, and essays that need a little love.

Today is the beginning of a new season, a …

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