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Stepping back so that our kids can move forward

Honesty time: I’m a helicopter mom. I hover – a lot. There could be a gazillion reasons for it, but that’s not the point. The point is I can be overprotective and well, hovering. However, this summer, I’ve been stepping back. It’s been tough. But the results are so worth it. I’ve seen my little (read more…)

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The Art of Simple Podcast, episode 70: A chat with a literary agent

A chat with my literary agent

Wonder how on earth to find a literary agent? Have questions about the book publishing process? Or are you simply toying with the idea of one day writing a book? In this episode, I talk to my literary agent, Jenni Burke. Jenni is making quite a name for herself in the industry, and she’s a (read more…)

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Come out of your shell

Come out of your shell

Being a painfully shy introvert has its bonuses. You get a lot of reading done. Sometimes, your quiet contemplativeness makes people think you’re mysterious and sexy. You never run out of themes for pity parties. But that’s about it. I’ve struggled with being shy most of my life. And did I mention that social awkwardness (read more…)

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Weekend links

How to tell someone’s age when all you know is her name :: FiveThirtyEight Study smarter, learn better: 8 tips from memory researchers :: Vox Busy NYC restaurant solves major mystery by reviewing old surveillance :: Craigslist (really) What I Instagrammed vs. what was really happening :: Bustle Many women are going with the gray, (read more…)

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More and better words for difficult kids

Who is the most difficult person in your life?” My pastor asked us to just be quiet for a minute and think about that. Sadly, I didn’t need the whole minute. Do you know who I thought of instantly? One of my own kids. Awful. Ok. Ok. In my defense it is summer. And this (read more…)

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