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Saturday Mornings, the Most Hopeful Time of the Week

For many of us, Saturday morning is the first morning of the week where we wake up and have nowhere to go. We may go to the gym, but that’s our choice. We may drive a kid to an activity, but that’s our choice. If we tackle the weeds waiting in our yard, that’s also our choice. Saturday morning is the morning of choices, of … Continue reading Saturday Mornings, the Most Hopeful Time of the Week

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

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Lab Girl: My Favorite Christmas Gift to Give

We were in the car. “Plants are the only living beings in the world that can make their own food,” I said. My daughter sat in silence. Stared out the window. “But people grow their own food,” she said. Good answer. “Yeah, but literally, like with my body. I can’t hold out my hand, let rain hit it, and then turn the rain into hummus … Continue reading Lab Girl: My Favorite Christmas Gift to Give