We Shall Race To The Place We Get Out Of The Playground: On Children and the Unbearable Lightness of Friendship

November 21, 2015

Dear Beatrix, Do you know I’m your bestest bestest friend? I hope we can have another play date or even have a sleepover. I hope we have fun at school today. Should we have a sleepover at my house or your house? Maybe at the sleepover we can watch a movie. Maybe you and me can have a race outside today. We will race from the place where we line up to go into the playground to the place we get out of the playground. I will say “on your mark, get set, go!” and whoever wins will get my special [...]

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The Postmodernist At The End Of This Book

September 30, 2015

(I posted a version of this piece a zillion 8 years ago. Republishing it now, because I feel like it.) Today, we’re going to talk about books. Not about books that you should read (I can cover that topic another time), nor about books that I currently read. It’s about one of my very first [...]

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The Most Beautiful Music In The World, Redux

September 29, 2015

Five years ago this month, I went to Lesotho with the UN Global Fund to see the work of their Born HIV Free campaign and to get to know their partner organizations. The idea was to see the stories on the ground, and to figure out ways to tell those stories in a way that [...]

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Counting The Days

July 1, 2015

It’s been about seventeen days now. They left two weeks ago Monday, on the Monday that I decided to call the doctor about the new lump in my breast. That week contracted in time; I couldn’t tell you now, without looking at my calendar, what happened on which days. I only know that I went [...]

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But Actually, Do Let Me Vet Your Mixtapes

June 26, 2015

According to the Myers Briggs type indicators, I’m an INTJ, which is to say that my psychological ‘type’ (according to the MBTI) is characterized by Introversion, Intuition, Thinking and Judgment. INTJs, according to various sources (that is to say, Wikipedia) only make up 1 – 2% of the population, which may or may not be [...]

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On The Flying Trapeze

June 25, 2015

From Report on Business: Trusting in the strength of her body to swing on the trapeze at circus school for the first time was equal parts thrilling and terrifying for Catherine Connors. The daring acrobatics perfectly symbolized the huge risk she took when she left a job she loved at Walt Disney Co. to start [...]

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That Voice

June 24, 2015

Welcome Amy – friend, storyteller, and a new contributor to this space. My father had a distinctive voice. It had a kind of intensity. It was naturally domineering and controlling. It was demanding. It felt like he was yelling even when he wasn’t. One fall day in the late ‘80s he and I were in my Saab [...]

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A Beautiful Mess

June 17, 2015

My husband and children are out of town for a week, which is wonderful and terrible all at once. It’s terrible, because I miss them desperately. But it’s wonderful, too, because I get the house to myself, and having the house to myself is wonderful because I get to wrangle it into a state of [...]

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On Love, Three-legged Races, and Leaning In Together

March 5, 2015

Nearly four years ago, I asked my husband to move our family to New York City. It will mean selling our house, I said. It will mean packing up everything and going to a new country. It will mean leaving your job. I won’t push you if you don’t want to, I said. I would [...]

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Check Your Message, Barbie

February 18, 2015

Look, this is a great message. “The hero is YOU!” YES. OF COURSE. But does the hero – nine years old? Ten? – need to be wearing high-heeled boots?

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Find Your Balance, Hit Your Heights

January 30, 2015

Last year I made some decisions that put me on a highwire – or a tightrope, or a trapeze, or a cliff face, or in any case somewhere really high up and really scary but also really exhilarating. Somewhere I could touch the clouds. A place from which I could make great leaps and – [...]

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