Dee Dee Mozeleski

Bringing people together. One blog post at a time.

I first wrote my ‘about page’ three years ago. Back then I was in love. Oh, how I was in love. It was the kind of love that made me forget that I was a lot of other things, too. Like a fundraiser with a fantastic job at the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York. Or that I own my own nonprofit consulting business. Or that I love to travel, have way too much energy for just one person and have the best daughter/best friend anyone could ask for, ever.  I’d even forgotten why I started writing in the first place. Or that I was inspired to launch Trois Coccinelles Publishing so that every writer who wants the chance to have someone say ‘this is possible if you really want it bad’ would have a place to rest their draft pages.

Three years is a long time to focus on one thing. I’m older now, slightly more wise and just learning that I’ve never taken the time to develop a hobby. So this space has to change and I am hoping that anyone who stops by will come with me as I set out to not only find a hobby, but to find out about all of the things I haven’t experienced yet but want to. Some of those things are probably dangerous. Maybe we should do those first.

Bubbles. Deux. The new home to the 40+ Year Old’s Guide to Everything. (Or, how I’ll find a hobby if it kills me)

My Blogs

Finding Beauty in a Harsh Existence

I spent a lot of time while reading Lisa Gardner's newest book, Touch and Go, trying to figure out Libby. She was broken but she also showed a resilience and strength that surprised me, as I believe it did her kidnappers. I appreciated the glimpses of her past that we received, particularly the one below:...more
I find beauty in watching my daughter become an adult and I find beauty in books. I'm also a ...more

Would You Maim a Buddy?

Now, hold on. I don't mean that the way it sounds, I promise! I like to read the author's notes and acknowledgements in books and Lisa Gardner's notes for Touch and Go were fascinating. I loved finding out how many characters in the book were named after real people....more
I'd definitely throw my daughter's name into a book. And, to be honest, I think she'd love it if ...more

Knowing Isn't Always Enough

In Lisa Gardner's new thriller, Touch and Go, the characters really knew better than to do many of things they did. The kidnappers knew that kidnapping a whole family was wrong. Libby knew taking drugs to numb the pain wasn't a good thing. Knowing something is right isn't always enough....more
The older I get, the more I try to do the right thing, even if it's the most inconvenient, ...more

Pain Has a Flavor

"Here is something I learned when I was eleven years old: Pain has a flavor. The question is, what does it taste like to you?" ...more
Oh, I love that Mindy mentioned heartache having a scent. It is so true. For me, it is always ...more

Adult Children of Mom Bloggers Support Group

“And there were only thirty-two comments. I mean, did she not love me enough to promote my post further? My sister’s post? The one I mentioned last week? About the diaper accident? One-hundred-seventy-four. And it was picked up by the Huffington Post. Was my lisp not good enough? Was I not good enough?” ...more
This is so awesome! I'm an adult mom of a 'blog fodder' and I accept that I might need to stop. ...more

Five New Year's Eve Style Inspirations

Please don’t tell me that you are planning to spend another New Year’s Eve wrapped up under your blankets with your furry friend Snookums by your side. Between the economy, divisive elections, and national tragedies, there is no denying that 2012 was a super difficult year (well, at least it was for me.)  But we made it! How about we end this year and start the new one off right by celebrating our successes, perseverance, and resilience by getting up, getting out, and doing something? ...more
I love, love, love that last outfit so much I want to steal it - but it's so awesome I know ...more

How Do You Recharge?

Sometimes, we all need a little time to recharge. We each have our own way of doing that. Sometimes we do it alone. Other times we call upon our friends and loved ones to help us recharge our batteries. In Sylvia Day's Reflected in You, Eva recharges with her best friend, Cary. ...more
If I have a book, something to snack on and tea, I can be quite content by myself and then can ...more

What Does Independence Mean To You?

At some point, we all strive for a little independence in our lives. We want to make our own decisions -- call the shots. We want to control our own destiny. Eva, the main character in Sylvia Day's Reflected in You, craved independence from an early age, in large part due to the fact that in many ways her mother was dependent on the men in her life. ...more
As a single mom, my definition has changed over the years and now is pretty firmly settled in ...more

How Do You Recharge?

Sometimes, we all need a little time to recharge. We each have our own way of doing that. Sometimes we do it alone. Other times we call upon our friends and loved ones to help us recharge our batteries. In Sylvia Day's Reflected in You, Eva recharges with her best friend, Cary. ...more
I re-charge by grabbing a book and a record and refusing to answer the phone, listen to TV or do ...more

"Matched": Rage Against the Dying of the Light

Do you ever think that it would be really awesome if someone told you exactly what to eat and when? And if they delivered it? What about jobs or whom to marry? Imagine if someone removed all the choices from your life and all you had to do is live it. Welcome to world of Ally Condie's Matched. ...more
I always have this hope that even if I lived in a world where there was no choice, that I'd ...more