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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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Skiing With My Mother’s Mittens

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My mother’s mittens are soft and worn, of black leather and insulated with red nylon and down fill. I wore these fifty-year-old mittens every day this past March and wondered what she would have thought of my extravagances: an EPIC pass in my pocket and accommodations just a short…By Jeanne|
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Learning to Say Goodbye to your Children is an Overrated Skill

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The following article was originally published on GrownandFlown.com.I scoffed at the parents, briefcases in hand, dressed smartly, waving furiously and tearing up at the “Goodbye Window.” I donned an ensemble of sweats, maybe even the t-shirt I’d slept in, and a hat…By Jeanne|
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How Instagram Helps My Writing

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I took a “Writing from Personal Experience” class in Cambridge taught by Mopsy Strange Kennedy. An exercise she often assigned us involved going on “writerly walks.”  She encouraged us to travel our usual paths but make the effort to really notice – maybe for the first…By Jeanne|
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Patience and Purpose in Jury Duty

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I had a feeling when I showed up on October 1st my number would get called. I had a pretty flexible week, no true hardship. I had no bias to claim, no obvious conflicts of interest. It did in fact take an interview of almost 90 potential jurors to select the 14 of us who would…By Jeanne|
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