Entries by jbadmin

COVID-19 Rituals: Getting Grounded in the Morning

This article was originally published on Medium.com as “Time to Adopt a Morning Ritual.” Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links, meaning if you decide to make a purchase through one of these links, I may make a small commission (at no additional cost to you), which I will donate to literary organizations in Boston. […]

12 Top Boston Spots for the Working Writer

This post was originally published on the Boston Book Blog. A writer’s day can be a mixed bag. Yes, my ideal is four uninterrupted, morning hours at my desk, but writers can’t always be writing – there are many other activities that go along with the job. Some days I take a class, meet with […]

Patience: The Ocean as my Teacher

This essay was originally posted on Medium.com. John and I flew down to the Dominican Republic to spend New Year’s with friends at Casa de Campo. It was the afternoon of our arrival and we were enjoying cold drinks and their view of the sun lowering over the sea when I reached for my phone […]

Pass the Vegan Meatloaf: Navigating Thanksgiving Traditions

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links, meaning if you decide to make a purchase through one of these links, I may make a small commission (at no additional cost to you), which I will donate to literary organizations in Boston. Thanks! In Jonathan Safran Foer’s recent book, We Are the Weather, he reports that […]

Revisiting: When Book Tour Becomes Time Travel

This essay was originally published on Medium.com. Throughout my recent travels, I’ve been reflecting on the idea of return. I often re-visit favorite books, reading them in their entirety or just special sections. It’s remarkable the way literature finds unique relevance for me as I age. It’s why my tradition encourages the reading of weekly […]

Beyond Admissions: The Campus Novel

This article was originally published on Medium.com. Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links, meaning if you decide to make a purchase through one of these links, I may make a small commission (at no additional cost to you), which I will donate to literary organizations in Boston. Thanks! I sat on a panel last […]

Confessions of a Boarding School Mom: Let Someone Else Play Bad Cop

This essay was originally published on Medium.com. The school year may have just begun, but many families are already in the process of thinking about “the next school.” If that consideration includes boarding school, read on. Even though my recent novel, The Nine, portrays a mother’s harrowing experience as her son navigates boarding school, I […]

The Kids, The Parents, and The Campus

This essay was originally published on Medium.com. When parents of teens gather, the conversation offer turns to what’s going on with the kids, which schools they attend or have attended. I’m not bringing this up to bash parents for being “too involved” or pile on more evidence that an admissions-driven obsession is dragging our culture […]

Let Them Make Mistakes: Parenting Teens in the 21st Century

This article was originally published on Medium.com. The best medicine I found for easing the anxiety of parenting boundary-pushing teenagers was remembering my own risky behavior at their age.… “One of you has got to call your parents,” said the officer at the Palm Springs police department. We’d been rounded up and taken in when […]