I am who I am

We’ve been talking to other women about our soon-to-be-published book The Resolute Woman, and we’ve been inspired by the advice they’ve shared with us. My friend Bonnie shared this quote with me. “I am who I am; I look the way I look; I am my age.” We’re not sure who said these words. I […]

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Inspiration at the supermarket

I am still trying to lose the five pounds that I gained during the holidays. I always find it frustrating when it’s so much harder to lose weight than it is to gain it. But, I was inspired recently to stick to a healthy diet and lose those pounds. I was in the grocery store […]

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What’s your emotional gap?

I don’t remember exactly when or what program I was listening to, but I heard a most interesting discussion on National Public Radio during the holidays about “emotional gaps.” What are you shopping for when you buy presents, especially expensive presents, for family and friends? If there’s a gap between who you are and who […]

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A year of organized living

Who could resist a headline like this? “A year of organized living—life skills, strategies and advice to make every day easier” I didn’t resist. I am embarrassed to admit that I read that headline on a magazine that I found while waiting in line at the grocery store, and then I bought the January issue […]

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The importance of listening

I have laryngitis, and I have not been able to talk for five days. There is only one advantage to laryngitis. I have been reminded of the importance of listening. Because it is difficult to have a conversation when you can’t talk, I have been writing down a list of questions and then listening to […]

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Read at every wait

I was reminded of Father Tim and Cynthia recently when I visited my husband’s Aunt Ola. Father Tim and Cynthia, of course, are characters in Jan Karon’s The Mitford Series books. During our visit, Ola and I talked about Father Tim and Cynthia as if they were old friends. After the visit, I thought how […]

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Playing well with others

When one rat is imprisoned in a tiny restrainer, a free rat circles and circles, scraping his teeth against the restrainer and poking his whiskers through its small openings. After five days, the free rat finally pushes a door with his head and frees the imprisoned rat. Stunned at first, the liberator jumps on the […]

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Are we alone together?

After three people, including my husband, heard Sherry Turkle on National Public Radio on October 18, 2012, and told me about her new book, I looked up the Fresh Air interview online. In her book Alone Together, Turkle, a clinical psychologist and founder of MIT’s Initiative on Technology and Self, explores how technology is changing […]

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Beautiful and brainy

During the 1940s, the public relations department at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promoted movie star Hedy Lamarr as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” But Hedy had brains and beauty. Together with composer George Antheil, she invented spread-spectrum radio, the technology that made wireless phones, GPS systems and many other devices possible. In his book Hedy’s Folly—the […]

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A different kind of beauty

In her book Wild—From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed tells how startled she was when she looked into a mirror after three weeks hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. She looked like “a woman who had been the victim of a violent and bizarre crime,” she writes. “Bruises that ranged in […]

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