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David and I are eagerly awaiting a box with the first copies of My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future. For authors, there’s nothing like opening the box and seeing your new book in hardcover for the first time, except maybe for seeing it in a book store for the first time. Am I...
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Okay book lovers, what have you read recently that you just loved? Anything? Tell me. I'll start. Last week I chanced upon Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie, a moving short novel about two young men in the years they are sent to the country for re-education in Mao's Cultural...
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Dear Ocean, I was so sorry to hear about the accident. My heart goes out to you and your family members. I've been hearing how awful your first medical team has been, so I’m glad you got a second opinion to make sure you get the care you need. How can I help? I can write letters to people who know...
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Redroom author Wendy Nelson Tokunaga posted this quote on her Facebook page.  I love it so much I'm reposting it here. "Anybody who writes a book is an optimist. First of all, they think they're going to finish it. Second, they think somebody's going to publish it. Third, they think somebody's...
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A few of my favorite Erma Bombeck quotes to help celebrate Mother's Day: Spend at least one Mother's Day with your prospective mothers before you decide on marriage. If a man gives his mother a gift certificate for a flu shot, dump him. It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly...
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Homage to My Hips these hips are big hips.they need space to move around in.they don't fit into littlepetty places. these hipsare free hips.they don't like to be held back.these hips have never been enslaved,they go where they want to go they do what they want to do. these hips are mighty hips....
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Twitter has made me succinct. Maybe too much so (87). Rather than fully develop a thought (45), I always plan to (22) stop right here. (0) Come play on Twitter: "marshallbooks" I promise to keep it brief. Kate www.marshallbooks.net
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The Book of Myself
Do you know all about their childhood, a time they got in trouble, what they liked to do after school, their first job, what kind of music they listened to, what movie or book influenced them, where they went on their honeymoon and more?  No?!!  You're not alone.  My husband and his grandfather...
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I'm not a good lover.  In fact I'm very bad lover, but not in the Mae West way.  I'm talking about my ability to make my S.O. feel loved, not the ability to please him in bed (we can talk about that another day).  One year I made my own helper, a fill-in-the-blank journal that I then filled in and...
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Ike still slips sometimes and calls himself illiterate, but he's not.  Not anymore. He knows it, but it's hard to stop seeing himself that way.  For the last ten years he's fought hard to learn reading and writing skills with the help of a tutor at Project Second Chance, an adult literacy program...
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I was searching my digital photo files for yet another online profile.  It had to be fairly close up, with no hands on my shoulder from a cropped-out friend, and it had to look like me.  Not easy.  I finally found the photo I used for Red Room.  I was surprised to see that it was taken in 2004. ...
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Almost 16,000 “book-loving NPR Types” have finished voting on the best beach book of all time.  I've read 63 of them, marked in bold.  Does that make me a beach bum?  Have I missed any great ones? 1. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee3. The Kite Runner,...
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I've always suspected that the religions of the world all boil down to the basic premise of the Golden Rule.  Now I finally have proof.  Well, not proof exactly, but the authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes had the discipline that I lacked to find...
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Happy Blueberry Pancake
I’ve been a bad Red Room author, an appallingly blogless Red Room author. There are a zillion sites on my internet Favorites bar screaming for 5 minute chunks of my time every day. My Twitter page demands updates, my new Facebook author page wants to be fleshed out, my old personal Facebook page...
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Clever and inexpensive. That's my M.O. It's only right that the Good Morning America segment that ever-so-quickly profiled my journal this morning did so in a segment called "Clever, Inexpensive Mother's Day Gift Ideas." A tip you already know: respond to PR queries, even if you don't...
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