December 2009

You will look better with that 32″ waist eating more fresh fruits and vegetables sleeping eight hours nightly doing first things first and getting many things done. You might feel righteous and virtuous and even gleeful with squeaky-clean windows and a clutter-free car and a bright white sink empty of contents Your friends and your […]

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Wherein I (once again) attempt to show that one is never too old—or middle-aged, anyway—to learn. Or spout off about it. Part 1 here, in case you missed it. xxx c Making something short takes a long, long time. And still provides a disproportionately large ROI. To love is to serve. Idiocy can inspire genius. […]

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Full disclosure: Gretchen Rubin is a friend. But I was a reader and fan of her blog long before we even met, and there’s no way I’d have done an elaborate pre-launch pimpage post if I didn’t think this book was so terrific. Also, this review was based on my reading of an uncorrected proof; […]

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How about we start off this year’s list with a riddle: Q: What’s harder than writing your annual 100 Things list? A: Writing it after a year of blogging every day, plus once weekly somewhere else, plus writing a monthly column, plus writing another monthly newsletter, plus tweeting, plus Facebooking, plus whatever other goddamned writing-type […]

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I’m late getting on board Gwen Bell’s backwards-for-forwards Best of 2009 Blog Challenge, but as La Bell herself sez, you can jump on that bus anytime you want. And turn it into a train, plane, or bicycle ride, as you like: if you are blog-free, you can tweet your thoughts, slip them into someone else’s […]

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Dec 24, 2009 2

Poetry Thursday: Words

You can find them in cities on signs and on subways and sidewalks and lines, embedded in a thousand million faces. You can find them at malls and in books and in mall bookstores if you can find one extant. You can find them in abundance on trains where they float in on the clackity-clack […]

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I’m late getting on board Gwen Bell’s backwards-for-forwards Best of 2009 Blog Challenge, but as La Bell herself sez, you can jump on that bus anytime you want. And turn it into a train, plane, or bicycle ride, as you like: if you are blog-free, you can tweet your thoughts, slip them into someone else’s […]

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I’m late getting on board Gwen Bell’s backwards-for-forwards Best of 2009 Blog Challenge, but as La Bell herself sez, you can jump on that bus anytime you want. And turn it into a train, plane, or bicycle ride, as you like: if you are blog-free, you can tweet your thoughts, slip them into someone else’s […]

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I’ve had a semi-ironic appointment with myself on the calendar for a few months now, called “Colleen’s Happy Holiday Break.” In case it’s not obvious, I’m ambivalent at best when it comes to the season. I do look forward to certain treats, the annual viewing of The Third Man, the delivery of the pears. But […]

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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, start here. Pass it on, baby! I’ve mostly given up on giving gifts for the holiday season. Personally, I have everything I need, and most of […]

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