Ham Ham, the wayward hamster, returns

Ham Ham, the wayward, hamster is back. After escaping from his cage last week the lovable teddy bear hamster we know as Ham Ham remained on the lam lam for three days and nights. No one saw Ham Ham. No one heard Ham Ham. No one smelled Ham Ham. Grady, one of my friends, he […]

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Swarthy Hamsters Hitting Puberty

So, the Emster is in the Army at Basic Training where I can’t talk to her or even text her until June basically and this has made me do a mommy freakout despite the fact that she is, you know, a grown-up. In my desperate search for solace, I looked up “growing up” on my […]

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Bullying and Writing Saves Me Over and Over Again

When I was a little kid I talked funny. I still do, but it was worse then. I slurred my s sounds. It wasn’t a lisp. It was more of a slur – like my tongue was kind of lazy and just didn’t want to do all the work. My mortal enemy was my own […]

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Moving Into Exclamation Marks

It begins with a text. I think I am having a small existential crisis. Despite the fact that it is balmy outside and I am lucky enough to be in a Mexican resort with my daughter Emily smelling beach smells and chlorine from the pools below our balcony, my whole entire body shivers and I […]

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Writing Weirdly is Sexy

I am writing this blog by request. I hope it’s not too boring. While I was at Vermont College my first semester one of the teachers, Alison McGhee, mentioned off-handedly that when she wrote one of her many brilliant, amazing books she wrote it all in a rush, just page after page. She didn’t write […]

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It’s My Birthday

It’s sort of weird having a birthday when all your parents and grandparents are dead. Like, it doesn’t seem quite right to not be hearing my little hobbit dad singing off key on the phone. I have been blessed with a lot of awesome parents and bonus parents, so don’t worry! I’m not sad. I […]

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The Shadow Knows What Evil (and Good) Lurks in the Hearts of Men (and Writers)

The Shadow knows and the rest of us need to know it, too. I’ve been thinking about comic books a lot.   Comic books became super popular in the United States in the mid 1930s. According to Dwight Bowers of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History there were some really solid reasons for that. […]

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