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The Time I Had a Winning Lottery Ticket

Image: Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love (2010), Columbia Pictures You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play Not everyone identifies with Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling novel Eat Pray Love. After all, few people have a year to spare, not to mention the means to…

What’s Wrong with Blue Soup?

Image: Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Miramax.com My November 2017 Resolution Stats (See my original resolutions, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October stats here) Averaged 210+ minutes of exercise per week (v. good, above goal) 4 recipes tried this month (v. good, above goal…

How to Write Like a Pro (By the Pros) Part 2

Image (from left to right): J.K. Rowling and Stephen King attend a news conference for “An Evening With Harry, Carrie and Garp” at Radio City Music Hall on August 1, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images) How to Write Your Best Novel…

How to Write Like a Pro (By the Pros) Part 1

Image: Interview between Stephen King and George R.R. Martin at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico (2016) How to Write Your Best Novel Every new writer, or even established author, wants to know the “best” way to write a best-selling novel. Even Game of Thrones…

Feel the Music with Mandy Harvey

Image: Mandy Harvey performs during the America’s Got Talent 2017 live finale. (Trae Patton/NBC) Welcome to Live-It-Uary, a place to celebrate life while we live it. Live-It-Uary honors people who show kindness, people who create and inspire, people who do good deeds. Thank…

Don’t Forget to Do What You Love

Image: © gustavofrazao (Fotolia.com) What Do You Do? Don’t let what you do stop you from doing what you love. At first, that may sound a bit trite, even cliche, but a truth is a truth no matter how you spin it. Simply put, most of us do…

Live Up to Your Own Expectations

Image: Rene Zellweger (center) in Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Miramax.com My September 2017 Resolution Stats (See my original resolutions, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August stats here) Averaged 300+ minutes of exercise per week (v. good, twice goal) 2 recipes tried this month (v. good…

It Hurts When They Don’t Believe You

Image: Clasky Common Park, New Bedford, MA (Kenneth C. Zirkel / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain) Where It All Began There are moments in your life that change you, for better or worse. You have three choices. Either you remember them with vivid detail, you block them out entirely, or you remember…

What It Means to Be Family

Image: Castello di Montebello, Bellinzona, Switzerland, © Boris Stroujko (Fotolia.com) Putting Family First One Christmas in high school I bought my boyfriend at the time two small gifts. The problem? I had purchased only one gift for each of my family members. When my father found out, he was livid…

It’s Okay to Be All by Myself

Image: Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Miramax.com My August 2017 Resolution Stats (See my original resolutions, January, February, March, April, May, June, and July stats here) Averaged 210+ minutes of exercise per week (v. good, above goal) 2 recipes tried this month (v. good, at goal…