Notre Dame Interior

The Magnificent Secret Inside Notre Dame

When my skeptical ten-year-old asked what we would see when visiting Paris, I said, “We’ll see Notre-Dame cathedral. It’s the most famous church in the world!” “Really? In the whole world?” she said. Kids often use the phrase, “in the whole world” to emphasize whatever thing they admire. “She’s my best friend in like, the whole world,” or “That place has the best smoothies in … Continue reading The Magnificent Secret Inside Notre Dame

Mike Birbiglia Offers Life Lessons for Writers Too

Last Saturday, I saw a movie about comedy that inspired me as a writer. It was Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, a sharply realistic yet sweet portrait of a New York improv group. Not-so-famous comedians who make people laugh by night but work by day to financially stay afloat. They are friends. They are smart and loving and sometimes selfish. They’ve performed in The Commune for years … Continue reading Mike Birbiglia Offers Life Lessons for Writers Too