What Now?

Some time ago I stumbled upon an unforgettable commencement speech by Ann Patchett. It was a speech she gave to Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater, in May of 2006, titled, “What Now?” Today it’s a book.

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Give and Take

I mourned a writer friend today who died of kidney failure. Twice Robyn was given kidneys, first by her father, when she was only thirteen. That kidney lasted twenty-two years — time that allowed her to finish high school, graduate from Colorado College, ride like the wind on her beloved horses, and adopt a stable of cats and border collies.

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Nine Years and A Sea of Humanity

February 21 is the ninth anniversary of my first husband Brett’s death from brain cancer. It’s a day forever etched in my memory even as my twins – our twins, Rebecca and Casey – struggle to remember their father. They can’t really remember him, they weren’t even three years old when he died.

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GO FOR LOVE

Valentines Day:  a day to acknowledge the people in our lives whom we love. Of course no one really needs a designated day to express affection, gratitude, longings of the heart. And yet this is what the day has come to represent.

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Magic in 2013

Three minutes of magic suspended and restrung…

This gorgeous line comes from Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife. While it evokes a scene with Ernest Hemingway and his then fiancé, Hadley Richardson, the meaning couldn’t ring truer on this New Year’s Day.

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WHAT NOT TO DO

As a matter of habit, it is wise not to slam your finger in the car door.

Should such an unfortunate incident occur, certainly, do not be surprised if you scream and curse, blame your mother, husband, son, teetering dishwasher, unpredictable furnace, and gentle neighbor whose cats have nearly twice sauntered into your home (by now he knows of your cat phobia). Closing your fingers in the door of a car, any car, will render you an angry, whimpering ninny.

I feel qualified to offer these insights because I slammed my finger in the car door two weeks ago.

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