Timeless Truths

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My grandma Betty died when I was eleven, but the truths she taught me are timeless: It doesn’t matter what people look like. Period. Staying silent is not enough. If a person is cruel and you say nothing, you’re no better than them. Education begets choice. Take every opportunity to learn. If God has a problem with how some people live, he can take it up with them directly. Be the best version of yourself…

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An Early Writing (and Life!) Lesson from my Dad

Friday, May 30, 2014

This week I went to Jenny Milchman’s reading. She was our guest a few weeks ago (post here). Afterwards, hanging out with Jenny and another fabulous author, Johnny Shaw, we got to talking about the promotion and marketing side of our biz. Johnny said he considered it part of his job, like a woodworker sweeping up his shop at day’s end. We may not like some chores, but we gotta…

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Deb Susan and the Serrano of Doom

In my family’s language , “funny stories” translates to “let’s embarrass the children.” And so, with no further ado: When my son was small, I often took him to visit my father on weekends. Dad lived 20 minutes from us, with a big backyard where my son could run and play. Dad also loved Jack-in-the-Box cheeseburgers, so I usually picked up lunch on the way. One midsummer afternoon when my…

Thursday, November 29, 2012
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