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I’ve been wanting to take a short break from the weekly commitment I made to posting my diary entries when I got my new (gorgeous) website last spring. It’s the beginning of that time of year we academics call “the break”―the welcome end of classes for the semester. For me it also means the beginning of a winter interruption I have long loved in a cold and bright New York. With the crush of end of semester burdens, I missed last week’s post, failing even to find the time to say: I’m taking a break. And then today, my plan was derailed by a news item.
How could I resist glossing an article about a haircut I know well? The article describes the trend of stylish women having their hair cut by barbers, rather than in a fancy salon. Of the woman posed in the picture, the reporter says: “her closely cropped pixie is inspired by the actress Jean Seberg in the 1960 Jean-Luc Godard…Continue
Get Water, the game
Although the holiday season is a wonderful time, full of friends, family, food, gifts and get-togethers, it’s also an important time to reflect on how fortunate we are and how we can help those who are less fortunate. If you feel like you want to help, but you’re not sure how, here are a few ideas on how to use social networking for social good:
1. Start a virtual food drive. Sign up a group of your Facebook friends and create teams to promote friendly competition while feeding the hungry.
2. Donate to Heifer International. Start a challenge on your blog and offer to match…Continue
So the other day, while at a welcome-home get-together for a friend and her partner who have been wandering the world (you can follow their adventures here), I was wading deep in the muck of my discomfort. I gulped wine hoping it would work its soothing magic and loosen my mental and verbal constipation so I could converse beyond monosyllabic grunts.
A slight drizzle started to fall, and I sought shelter beneath a tent along with a dozen other people. I knew most of them to some extent; they were former colleagues at the university…
I wrote about the idea a little bit in my book because the idea stuck with me. Now, two years later, I’m still quoting her, and I’m still struck by how often I find myself to spreading this idea to writers.
The idea itself is simple: Be generous. It’s worth something. But just like…Continue
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There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue