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How the Japanese Tea Ceremony Mirrors the Author/Reader Relationship

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On our recent trip to Asia I barely scratched the surface of omotenashi, the Japanese spirit of hospitality, but I did have the opportunity to participate in a tea ceremony which gave me a glimpse. As I lay awake that night combatting jet lag, I began to see parallels between the…By jbadmin|
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Women Writers over a Certain Age

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The following article was originally published on BooksByWomen.org.A friend suggested recently I write an essay about how one went about being taken seriously as a female writer over fifty. My first reaction to this suggestion was actually surprise, and my second was wonder…By jbadmin|
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Passover Reflections on Moab

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I’ve been back to Boston for a couple weeks but there are images from Utah that I’m carrying close through this cold and grey New England spring.  Not really images, more like colors: white snow, blue sky, and green trees…. And then there’s the red.We took a couple of…By Jeanne|
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The Price of a College Admission Scandal

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I had to pull my  jaw off the floor reading the recent reports of parents and college admissions consultants gaming the system. Even though the college admissions process has never been 'fair,' the hacks these people created stooped to a whole new level. I should qualify this post…By Jeanne|
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Book Club: It’s Okay if You Don’t Discuss the Book

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The following article was originally published on NovelNetwork.com.I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the disparaging comment that book clubs drink more wine than talk about that book. I’ve visited many book clubs since the release of EDEN, and people who think…By admin|
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Competitive Parenting: No One Wins

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The following article was originally published on GrownandFlown.com.It's not like a gymnastics competition where the judges hold up scores at the end of a floor routine. It's not like you can "stick the landing" either. It’s not like the announcement comes over the PA system:…By Jeanne|
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