Honoring Her Inner Superhero

“The US economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. All of them were held by women.” This is the headline that caught my attention. As a working mom in a pandemic, it required no further explanation for me to process, then nod in understanding.  In a society that tells little girls we are to equal to... Continue Reading →

Perpetual Beginner

It seems no matter how old I get I always feel like I’m beginning again. Out of shape? Start working out, despite body’s protests. Publish a novel? Start a new one. Career disappears with global pandemic? Start over with a whole new business plan. Divorced? Start dating.  Bonus level: date a woman for the first... Continue Reading →

Quarantine: A Love Story

In an era unlike any other in our collective experience, I’ve found personal solace in storytelling. Consuming and creating stories—as a way to commiserate, learn, and sometimes, to escape.  Last March my career as a music photographer disappeared before my eyes. It was terrifying and demoralizing and brought on an existential crisis, making me question... Continue Reading →

I Have Given My Last F#@k

  I have always admired eccentric old ladies who say and do whatever they want, and I finally see how they come to the point where all of their fucks have been given. I’ve been in a pattern of being less interesting by wasting time not fully being myself—placating and worrying how I come across... Continue Reading →

Plan Everything, Expect Nothing

Ah, the wonderful unreliability of travel. I am the kind of person who makes lists, does research, plans things and is generally a fan or order. And yet I love to travel and create. These things are not always symbiotic. Maybe because I’m a Gemini or maybe because I'm a creative gypsy I carry both... Continue Reading →

Life is a First Draft

First drafts—like life—are messy, overly complicated, contain plot holes and unfinished character arcs. There are moments of greatness, but they tend to be squashed between long expositions and mundane details. The writer, in life and writing, must explore the entire story—every tangent and detour—to tease out the real heart of the thing. We’ve got to try it all on, see what fits. Figure out what is working and what isn’t. Then ask, “Why?”

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