8Mar, 2019

On Keeping More Than One Notebook

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A writer should always keep a notebook. And I do! But what if you keep more than one? What if one notebook simply isn't enough to sort your thoughts, ideas, projects? Simple: then you keep multiple concurrent notebooks. The Purse Notebook It used to be that I had only one notebook, which I always carried in my purse. It was [...]

1Mar, 2019

The Story Behind the Story: How to Finally Get an Essay Published

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Parc Montsouris, Paris, September 2017 I have a new essay published in Bella Grace Issue 19, which hits newsstands today! I can't even begin to tell you how thrilled I am that this essay "A Day on a Bench in Paris" finally got published. For years I have been trying to find a home for this essay. Literally, years! [...]

22Feb, 2019

The Little Black Notebook and the Daily Bucket List Fix to Time Management

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It seems to me that a good part of life is spent trying to figure out how to best manage yourself. At least that's the case for me. Every New Year, publications are full of advice on "how to slow down," or "how to have a stress-free year." My sister had a copy of the German Flow laying about when I [...]

15Feb, 2019

Annette and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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I was driving to my cousin's house for dinner last week when two warning lights came on in the car. Then the instrument panel went dead. When I put on the indicator to make a turn, the clicking sound was gone. Was it working? Still, I drove on along the icy, snowy roads of Lansing, Michigan. We made it to [...]

8Feb, 2019

In the Footsteps of a Book – A Walk Through the Jerusalem Neighborhood of Musrara

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The actual House of Windows as far as we could tell Have you ever traveled in the footsteps of a book? Visited the location where a character lived? Tried to retrace his or her steps? I've done this several times, such as on a trip to London when my kids and I visited where Hercule Poirot "lived" in [...]

25Jan, 2019

The Benefit of a Traveler’s Daily WhatsApp Messages to a Friend: Boosting Mindfulness and Creating a Travel Diary

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The WhatsApp message that began the daily ritual: "Here a photo for you, view from our hotel, you also sent me such nice photos of the big wide world when I was bedridden." I usually don't keep a travel diary. On a trip, when days are jammed with activities, I simply don't have the time. Plus I'm exhausted [...]

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