Category Archives: Life

A New Tradition for Mother’s Day

Guilt and celebration are strange bedfellows. Throw in obligation and expectations and you have the plot of most indie films and every Tennessee Williams play. What have we done with that potent mix? Created a pseudo holiday.  For me nothing … Continue reading

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Failure

Prediction: I will fail spectacularly this year. Do you know what resolutions are? Proof that you haven’t given up on getting better. I believe in resolutions in the same way I believe in love. Both are rooted in the idea … Continue reading

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You and Me

When my kids were tiny, I found this beautifully illustrated and wonderful book in a bin of cast offs. It is, in my mind, the book of my children’s toddlerhood and it somehow exactly describes their brother/sister relationship. I have … Continue reading

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forgot to die

About a month ago, the New York Times ran an article on Ikaria, calling it the “island where people forgot to die.” Several people, who’ve read about Winnie or about The Roots of the Olive Tree emailed me the article … Continue reading

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Goodbyes

The day after my dog died, I went to my great-grandmother’s funeral. I accept your sad face and your hug. In return I give you this. Go ahead check it out, laugh a little and then come back. What I … Continue reading

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Authors Terrify Me

I had the opportunity to attend the amazing Authors in the Round dinner, which raises funds for the equally amazing Southern Festival of Books. The event started with a cocktail hour, where guests mingle with the 40 authors participating in … Continue reading

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Words

Some days life moves faster than others. There were hours when the children were small that felt like months. The last month has felt like an hour. I have two dozen stories I want to tell about all that has … Continue reading

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Intimate and Intimidating

The tour for Roots of the Olive Tree kicked off on Tuesday in Memphis. I had one of those once-in-a-lifetime days where you feel as if you’ve hit every traffic light green and that there’s never a line. The audience … Continue reading

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Playing it cool.

I have never been cool. Well, there was that one summer that I spent a few weeks in California and learned that the cool kids roll their jeans up. I brought that fashionable trend to Rowe Junior High, where three … Continue reading

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Barefoot Summers

We try to spend our vacations with family. I think it cuts both ways–either you are too close to your family and your vacations are all about getting away or you are too far from family and every hour off … Continue reading

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