Category Archives : Life


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An Open Letter To The Girl Who Is Trying To Impress My Son

It seems like just about everybody has advice for girls these days. What to wear, how to talk, whether to drink. As the mother of sons, I have a few things to say too, especially to girls who want to date my boys.* Here’s my dish. Dear Girl, I see you with your puckered lips and your barely-covered butt and […]


The Truth Behind the Truth

You’re not doing it wrong. Life is hard sometimes. It just is. The people who look like they’ve got it all together–it’s an illusion. They may have some things together. They may even have more things together than you have together. But they don’t have it ALL together. I always thought of my grandparents as […]

Except this cat. This cat has it ALL together.

Hey, Mom, You Need to Read This

When I was a young mom of young children, I would sometimes confide to acquaintances that I was actually looking forward to the teenage years. They almost inevitably laughed at me. They said, “Oh, yeah, wait until he…” followed by some horror story of smart-alec, obnoxious, or even dangerous teen behavior. I would smile and […]

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Heathers Why

Do You Know Your Why?

I think about mine always. It’s the core question of my entire being. It’s led to many an existential pit of despair… and also many beautiful epiphanies. Lately, I’ve devoted chunks of every week to analyzing the why both for myself and my company. Here are the results of today’s Friday Why Jam. I think […]


On Regret

What do you think of when you think of regret? Me, I think of a tall, spindly man with unwashed hair ducking his head meekly under the assault of another man’s verbal attack. I think of a little girl in footie pajamas padding sleepily into a bar bathroom. The man came in after closing, while I was […]

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A Tale of Two Twitters

Today is #pitmad day! If you don’t know, #pitmad is a bi-annual (I think? Maybe it’s four times a year…) Twitter hashtag party wherein authors with completed manuscripts can post 140-character pitches for their novels, and agents indicate books they’re interested in hearing more about by “favoriting” the pitches. This has been incredibly terrifying and […]