July 2009

Referral Friday is part of an ongoing series inspired by John Jantsch’s Make-a-Referral Week. For more about that, and loads more referrals for everything from cobblers to coaches to gee-tar teachers, start here. Pass it on, baby! I worship Mike Monteiro. No, seriously, I worship Mike Monteiro. From afar. (Well, down the coast.) We’ve never […]

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This post is for me, Colleen of the Future. But feel free to read along, if you like. I’m guessing you don’t care anymore that the desk was a mess and the dishes piled up and the eight million billion things I heaped on top of the laundry never got done. I’m guessing that most […]

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The Youngster and I had a credo regarding humor and delicacy during time spent in our shared household of 2 1/2 years: “The joke is king; all hail the joke.” We made it a credo (or do I mean “maxim,” before that crap magazine shanghai’d its meaning?) for a couple of reasons: First, we both […]

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Part of me felt I should hold off on reviewing Maira Kalman‘s juicy and rich The Principles of Uncertainty for the holiday season, when one might justify an expenditure of a more frivolous nature by purchasing it as a gift for another (with, of course, the full intention of reading it oneself.) The rest of […]

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Back in my “I Dress Like a Slut but Am Really a Virginal Rube” teens, I had inch-long nails on every finger. Natural. Home-grown. Because this was 1977, and your options were Lee Press-On Nails or some marginally less vile version they’d apply at the salon. And I was a teenager, and broke (Mom forbade […]

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Referral Friday is an ongoing series inspired by John Jantsch’s Make-a-Referral Week. For more about that, and loads more referrals for everything from cobblers to coaches to gee-tar teachers, starthere. Pass it on, baby! I had to ramp up to Mark Silver. Oh, I was a fan of his newsletter from the get-go; it was […]

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I sat on a bus behind a beautiful man and his beautiful woman on a balmy night more beautiful even than all of us together (And this was a beautiful man.) I sat with my head and my heart and my belly filled with the various wonders of the day, random and planned, buttered and […]

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Jul 22, 2009 8

Be your own guru

If you are doing things right and you have a certain amount of luck, you’ll live past the elders who were once your principal sources of wisdom and unconditional love. Mom. Dad. That really cool uncle (I had one!). That pivotal grandparent (I had a couple of those, too!). And, if you had a certain […]

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If your older, wiser self could go back and share its vast (we hope) repository of accumulated knowledge with your younger, naïve self, would the little bastard listen, or tell you to take a hike, old man? Would a headstrong, foolhardy you be able to take the advice of anyone else and see it for […]

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Jul 20, 2009 15

Anxiety, my old friend

I worry about quite a bit. The end of the world, for starters, and its corollary, the not-end of the world and the worry that we will not be able to adequately care for its inhabitants, which will, of course, bring about the end of the world. I worry about whether I will make it […]

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