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Tom Hanks and Peter: Dads Do It Differently

Tom Hanks just released a book of short stories, and that alone has nearly been more than my reading heart [...]
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Cape Shopping and the Mess in My Head

You guys, it gets so messy in my head. Peter said the other day, “What are you thinking right now? [...]
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Cable Knit Sweaters and Marching Bands

When we were in high school, my parents gave my brother a sweater for Christmas. It was quite simply the [...]
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You Have Not Wasted a Single Breath

“Persist.” Pure persistence will carry you where no amount of talent, skill, aptitude, and experience can. Persistence will take you [...]
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Me, too.

Yes, me too. My high school teacher gave me a detention and then invited me to lay down on his [...]
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It Can’t Be Defined in Four Letters

We have one word for love. How very silly of us. Such definition can’t be wrapped up in four letters. [...]
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Inside the Las Vegas Shooting: a Survivor’s Story of Heroes

Debbi, a 61-year-old woman from California, was on a girls’ weekend to Vegas, celebrating a couple of birthdays with her [...]
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Sometimes They Belong Someplace Bigger

Tyler found a roly-poly, one of those little black bugs that curls up into a ball. He found it as [...]
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Julia and Dolly

There’s this story I love about Julia Roberts and Dolly Parton, back in the late eighties when they were filming [...]
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Nora Ephron’s Five Words

I love Nora Ephron. I learn from her every chance I can. I am reading Way More Than Luck: Commencement [...]
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Writing and Mothering: Celebrate Everything.

I went to a writer’s retreat last week, an incubated three days in a think tank with writers, authors, editors, [...]
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The Narrow Window for Morning Words

There is this window of time in the morning where I feel compelled to be present but I’m not really [...]
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That Time When I Plagiarized. Accidentally.

I was riding on the wings of a book launch, when energy and excitement are high, and the invitations for [...]
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Lessons from a Soggy Swimsuit

In our family, you have some decisions to make on your birthday. Do you want a one-afternoon birthday party with [...]
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Authentic Intimacy: On the Air with Dr. Juli Slattery

“When the light goes out, you can’t just turn it back on and pretend it never went out. When you [...]
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The Noticing Game

The teacher’s name, Mr. Snodgrass, was printed on the chalkboard in careful block letters. Mr. Snodgrass himself stood before us. [...]
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Because It Is Sunday

“Sundays are family days, the days where the rhythms of church and brunch and afternoon football ease you into rest [...]
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What Does Houston Need? Underwear.

“I’m going to ask you for what we really need,” Brené Brown said on her Instagram video that she filmed [...]
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The Worst Parts and the Retelling

“Remember when you went camping and it rained the whole time and you were soaking wet and the car got [...]
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Jen Hatmaker, Brené Brown, and Tender, Whole-Hearted Brilliance

I’m in that post-book-launch, anchorless place of the writing curve.  There are times when I wake up in the morning, [...]
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