Run Like a Girl

It's not just about the running.I've been a runner since the days when women were prohibited from running marathons on the excuse that too much exercise might hurt us. I attended the first women's Olympic marathon and, in one of the highlights of my career as a writer, got to have breakfast decades later with Joan Benoit Samuelson, who'd taken home that first Olympic long run gold....more
thanks for articulating the issues so succinctly.  the recent spate of girl power ads vary in ...more

11 Bits of Wisdom From Doris Lessing, On Reading, Writing, and Life

After I read in the New York Times that The Golden Notebook author Doris Lessing, who won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, passed away this morning, I turned to rereading some of her writings and interviews. I hope you'll enjoy these little wisdoms I've collected....more
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Remembering Elmore Leonard: Leave Out the Part That Readers Skip

I heard on NPR this morning that Elmore Leonard passed away and immediately thought of his wonderfully funny -- and simply wonderful -- 10 Tips for Writers. What I didn't know until I read it in his obituary in The New York Times is his path as a writer. Bottom line:His breakthrough novel: #25, Glitz ...more
Yeah, I'm in constant search for "the part that the readers usually skip."  Thank you for ...more

Didn't We Almost Have It All

Two Emmys. Six Grammys.  Over four hundred career awards, a record eight American Music Awards in a single year. Whitney Houston was the first of any musical act--male or female, solo or group--to sell more a million copies of an album in a single week. The only one ever to gain the #1 Billboard spot seven times in a row. If that weren't enough, she had a successful career in movies. But she drowned in a bathtub with cocaine and other drugs in her system eighteen months ago. ...more

One true story I perhaps shouldn’t admit...

One true story I perhaps shouldn’t admit:...more
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6 Weeks in the English Lakes #4: Beatrix Potter on England's Fells

"The fells are never twice alike." – Beatrix Potter, from a February 28, 1938 letter to Josephine BannerOne of the loveliest ways to spend a day - or many days - in the English Lakes is to hike, and the beautiful places to hike are nearly endless....more

6 Weeks in the English Lakes #3: Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

"Some of the walls were four feet thick, and there used to be queer noises inside them, as if there might be a little secret staircase. Certainly there were odd little jagged doorways in the wainscot, and things disappeared at night—especially cheese and bacon." - from The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse, by Beatrix Potter...more

6 Weeks in the English Lakes #2: A Literary Map

If you don’t know where the English Lakes are, pull out your trusty map of England and look as far north and west as you can. (Go too far, and you’ll end up in Scotland.) To give you an idea of just how beautiful the Lakes are, when Elizabeth Bennett in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is invited by her aunt to travel with the idea of going perhaps as far as the Lake District, she “rapturously” cries, “My dear, dear aunt, what delight! what felicity! You give me fresh life and vigour! Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains? Oh!...more