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8 Books I Loved In 2016

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Writing | 2 comments

8 Books I Loved In 2016

It’s that time of year again–time to reflect on all things learned and loved. Here are some of the books that have enriched my life this year. (And if you love reading, please leave a comment below and let me know which books YOU have loved this year.) * Hillbilly Elegy (J.D. Vance) I bought Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis about a week before the US Election. I began reading it after the election with an entirely new level of interest and attention. It’s a well-written and easy read–the broader social commentary is deftly woven into a very...

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What I’ve been reading lately: Out Of Sorts and other goodies

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Writing | 12 comments

What I’ve been reading lately: Out Of Sorts and other goodies

I’ve been meaning to do one of these posts for a while now, but Mike has been traveling a fair bit, the kids have been sick (nothing makes you grateful for a washing machine like a two year old vomiting nine times in nine hours), and there are a dozen projects competing for time and attention. Plus, when it comes right down to it, I’d generally rather read books than write about them. This week, however, a blogger I’ve been reading for years now is launching her second book (go Sarah!!). Several of Sarah Bessey’s posts about her parenting journey still stick with me years after I...

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It’s LAUNCH DAY for my next book… From Stranger To Lover

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Writing | 1 comment

It’s LAUNCH DAY for my next book… From Stranger To Lover

When it comes to long distance relationships, most people believe that they’re destined to fail, especially if you start your relationship at a distance. In this case, however, most people are wrong. The internet has re-shaped many aspects of life, including dating. As Mike and I (and many other couples) have proved, you can build a true connection with someone even while you’re far apart. However, it’s a lot easier to do this if you: Know how to spot and avoid some common pitfalls of long distance dating Establish healthy boundaries and patterns in your relationship early on Put...

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The Courage of Goodbye

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Psychology, Writing | 0 comments

The Courage of Goodbye

Today I’m delighted to host a guest post from my good friend, Marianne Elliott. I first connected with Marianne around the time she published her thoughtful, vulnerable, memoir about spending time in Afghanistan (Zen Under Fire: How I Found Peace In The Middle Of War) . I love Marianne’s writing, and I know many of you will resonate with her topic today – saying goodbyes. Despite all the practice I’ve had, I have a ways to go in this area! You can find out more about Marianne on her website, here. I’ve had to say a lot of goodbyes. I recently calculated that between...

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Forget cancer for a moment, let’s talk about love

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Writing | 2 comments

Forget cancer for a moment, let’s talk about love

I’ll be back with another update on Mike soon – he comes out of hospital today, and Friday or Monday we’ll get the pathology results back and make some big decisions. The closer we get to the point where we know for sure what we’re dealing with, the more torturous the wait is getting. So I’ve decided to switch channels for just an hour or two and think about work for a while. Well, one small part of work, anyway. I had (have?) big plans for this year – books and website redesigns and kick-ass blog posts. This year was going to be my year of seeing whether I could start actually...

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Love At The Speed Of Email wins Writer’s Digest award

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Writing | 2 comments

Love At The Speed Of Email wins Writer’s Digest award

This post is sponsored by Grammarly. I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because, while I am an award-winning author now, I am still not nearly wealthy enough to afford a full-time copy editor. And, let’s face it, I need one. So I received a fun email on Friday last week. It seems that Love at the Speed of Email was chosen as an Honorable Mention in the Life Stories category of the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. The Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards honor exemplary self-publishing. I don’t know how many people entered this year (books...

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Looking for home after a global upbringing

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Writing | 4 comments

Looking for home after a global upbringing

It’s book month over on A Life Overseas!! I love books and I was thrilled be able to share a little about my latest book, Love At The Speed Of Email. I’m also giving away three electronic copies (PDF, MOBI, or EPUB versions available). You can find out how to enter over at the bottom of my post over on A Life Overseas. Love At The Speed Of Email is a memoir – the story of how I met my husband while he was in Papua New Guinea working for a humanitarian organization and I was in Los Angeles working as a stress management trainer. It’s more than a love story, though, it’s a...

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For love or money

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Writing | 5 comments

For love or money

A friend sent me a tweet recently that said … Bad writing day? Probably not this bad: http://www.salon.com/2012/06/27/my_book_was_a_bad_idea/ This article in Salon tells the story of someone who quit her job to write a book that didn’t sell – a book she came to believe was a bad idea, written for the wrong reasons and in the wrong spirit. It is a raw and honest piece. One part, in particular, jumped out at me. Here, she is writing about the process of writing her book: “…for most of that time I was not working because I was an artist who must write or die, or because I was a...

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7 Simple Ways To Promote A Friend’s Book

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Writing | 0 comments

7 Simple Ways To Promote A Friend’s Book

Do you have a friend who has written a book? Do you want to support them, but aren’t quite sure how to do that? Since I released Love at the Speed of Email, several people have asked how they can best help me get the word out. If you’ve ever wondered how you can effectively support a writer-friend, here are seven simple things to do:   1.  Buy the book: It’s sort of obvious, but this one is really important. The number of books authors sell means a lot more than just how much money they stand to make. Book sales influence everything from how well the book shows up in internet...

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A conversation with Marianne Elliott on Zen Peacekeeper

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Writing | 0 comments

A conversation with Marianne Elliott on Zen Peacekeeper

I’ve been spending too much time with family here (and, yes, too much time holding a coughing baby between the hours of 1 and 3:3oam) to write up the posts currently brewing in my head. But that’s OK, because today I have another treat for you instead. Today I’m being hosted on Marianne Elliott’s blog. Marianne is a writer, human rights advocate and yoga teacher. She is the author of Zen Under Fire (a book about her time working in Afghanistan that I’m looking forward to reading in the very near future) and a Huffington Post contributor. She describes her site as...

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