Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

I was invited to this blog hop by the delightful writer Julia Halprine Jackson, whose work I had the pleasure of performing at ActionFiction!. Blog hop is a virtual jaunt of writer’s writing about writing. Here goes: What am I working on? Staying sane. Keeping my voice honest and my pen moving. Being the best […]

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§1372 · June 5, 2014 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


I’m joining a group that’s going to do Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way in the new year. I have mixed feelings. * Every time I think of The Artist’s Way, I think of JT, the boy who classically broke my heart. He was working his way through the book when we were dating, trying to […]

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§1345 · December 30, 2013 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


When it comes to “progress,” why is it always two steps forward, one step back? When they say “life is a dance,” I didn’t know it would be so tedious. (And my inner dance partner has two left feet. How many times do I have to tell her to just feel the goddam rhythm before […]

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So it seems that 29 is the lucky age where I get to become acutely aware of this whole “age” business — or, rather, the “stage of life” I’m in — or, rather, “should” [?] be in. That is to say, I have been attending a shit-load of weddings and baby showers.

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Yes, I’m aware that it’s a Friday night. Such is life at 29.

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§910 · March 26, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


20+mile bike-ride. Burger. Beer. Hour massage. Cup of tea. At the end of 28 (oops! 29) years, I am SO ready for bed.

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§901 · March 21, 2010 · This Modern Life · 1 comment ·


Hike. Beautiful. Art. Bridge. Family. Love. Celebration. Sing. Children. Rest. Gentle with self. Sunshine. Early bed: (Happy 50th, Don.)

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§890 · March 14, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


Today I auditioned for an improv troupe training!

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§879 · March 6, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


Amazing how, day after day, I manage to love more — humanity, the world, myself, and this strange, fluid substance we call life. Thank you to everyone out there: you are included.

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§876 · March 1, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


I know this guy who was dating this girl named pandora. But he broke up with her because eveyone told him not to go near her box.

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§872 · February 27, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


Happy birthday, Elizabeth.

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§871 · February 26, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


…Another busy Monday, another uneventful post.

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§863 · February 22, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


Valentine’s weekend: check. Next up: slinky, St. Paddies, and turning 29.

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§860 · February 15, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


This is an op-ed / obit from the brilliant (and incredibly well-read) writer/composer Ian Gray on the recently departed J.D. Salinger. If any of you are a fan of Salinger, the true Salinger, in all of his “Teddy”, “F&Z”, “Carpenters”, “Banana Fish,” “Down at the Dinghy” glory — then you will enjoy:

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§815 · January 29, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


Yes, yes — so everyone knows Apple’s new baby sounds like a personalized feminine product – And as a “Professional Namer” (and as a plain old consumer) — no. I don’t love the name, I don’t even like it. And yet — I don’t think it was a stupid move, either. Now, first of all […]

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§808 · January 27, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) · Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,


Just that.

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§807 · January 26, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


Also using: “Sparticus” brand radio alarm from thrift store (rather than cell phone as alarm clock) Wrist watch (rather than cell phone as mobile time manager) Wall clock that has to be plugged in – no batteries (rather than cell phone as how-much-time-before-I-have-to-leave-for-work tracker) (how did we live before cell phones?!)

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§795 · January 21, 2010 · Over in Oakland, This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


Forgot to post! Friend in town! Projects at work! Car broke down! Rain! All excuses, none of them good! A sure way to fail at New Year’s resolutions: make them.

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§789 · January 19, 2010 · This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


3 years ago I embarked on becoming a world-traveling poet-mystic; 3 months ago I was a Southwest-faring performance artist; 3 weeks ago I was a scuba-diving, pina-colada-drinking Caribbean sun-surfer; 3 days ago I was an all-around Oakland newby;   …and 3 minutes ago I just realized – in my tweed pants, heels, and white collared shirt – that I […]

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§786 · January 15, 2010 · Location-Location, This Modern Life · (No comments) ·


1. My loyalty to ATT (still typing on iPhone… Stupid “U-verse” 2. Coffee at 4pm 3. Attempting to make risotto in under 10 minutes 4. Telling new coworkers I write a blog

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§777 · January 13, 2010 · Celibacy Vow, This Modern Life · (No comments) ·