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toujours notre dame

The news of the fire hit me harder than I would have imagined. The world’s most iconic cathedral destroyed by fire is a tragedy for everyone. But this place has

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fascinating females

I’m supposed to be researching #TheLostAndFoundBookshop but I am very distracted by this. Strong women make history. They sue their cheating husbands, they raid the pantry, they arm themselves and

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safety net

We hear a lot about maintaining safety and privacy on the internet, but we’re online anyway, leaving digital footprints everywhere we go. For most of us who have nothing to

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Happy Mommy-versary

Happy Mommy-versary That’s what I call my kid’s birthday. Because really, on that day, Mom has something to celebrate, too. As a mother, I’ve had my moments of pride. But

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top o’ the morning

Nothing fancy, just a nice recipe for something called Irish Soda Bread. Why’s it called that? Bicarbonate of soda was introduced in the 1840s, and it reacts with the acidic

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Today, I’m working. The way to get better is to try something that’s hard. The solution to fearing the work is doing the work. #amwriting #writinglife

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traveling in place

The magic of writing fiction is that if you can travel the world without leaving home. Today I’m in a vintage building in San Francisco, finding hidden artifacts in the

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who do you love?

Wishing you all a joyous and love-filled Valentine’s Day. I hope you’ll tell someone you love them. More than that, LOVE YOURSELF. Do something nice for yourself–read a book, pet

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then & now

Here’s the backstory of that iconic photo you’ve probably seen, a 1952 classic by Ruth Orkin, titled “An American Girl In Italy.” (c) Ruth Orkin Photography plays a big part

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lucky you

Calling all booklovers! The good readers at Goodreads are giving away 30 (yeah!) copies of the new premium edition of Map of the Heart. The large size paperback comes complete

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I’m starting this year the same way I’ve started every year since I can remember–doing something I love. The trouble is, I love doing a lot of things. Being with

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