Writing for Nine Years = Whoa. Seriously?

In my quest to blog, and my inability to think of anything to blog about, I’ve been randomly looking at old blog entries. And I realized that it was at the end of January in 2006, halfway through my MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, that I sold my first book, Tips on […]

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Friends vs Acquaintances: Why Do I Forget There is a Difference?

So, I am vaguely having a sad day today, which is totally fine because EVERYONE has sad days, right? But today is one of those days where the sad is sort of focused on wondering why people sometimes suck sooooo much. I know! I know! Not a terribly mature thought. It’s also about how acquaintances […]

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Pedophiles, Poodles and Hate Speech

When Em was eight, she was in this children’s choir. It was a fantastic sounding choir in a town about 25 minutes away from where we lived. Eight-year-old Em loved to sing. She hated the choir. “Why?” I’d ask her every Wednesday as we drove over. “The guy is creepy,” she said, referring to the […]

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Grocery Store Blues

Today, one of the sweetest ladies I know was at the grocery store. A little boy and his mom and grandmother were near her and the mom said to her son, “Don’t let me forget the carrots for the reindeer.” My sweet friend goes, “Oh yes, don’t forget those carrots!” The little boy gets shy […]

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Creepy Stories

So, in honor of almost-Halloween, I am sharing a creepy real-life story. Please, please, please feel free to share your own creepy real-life stories, because I adore them. And it would be really nice of you. Good karma. So, I grew up in this house my dad built in Bedford, New Hampshire. It was on […]

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When Boys Catch Boys on Fire How Do You Find the Good?

Eleven years ago, I was a newspaper editor for a really small local paper, working out at the YMCA in an attempt to not be a slug when my phone went off. “You have to get to the high school quick,” Bobbi, my office manager said. Her voice was high, urgent. “Something horrible’s happened.” Instead […]

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Sometimes Book Banning Happens Because of One Single Word

I originally posted this in 2007. I haven’t changed anything in the original post, but I wanted to put it up again during Banned Book Week because I think it’s important to remember that censorship happens in all sorts of ways. Sometimes it’s loud. Sometimes it’s quiet. I worry about the quiet Gay is not […]

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