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Chris Guillebeau’s Secrets to the Happiness of Pursuit

Chris Guillebeau’s Secrets to the Happiness of Pursuit

Want to conquer the world, or at least your very own tiny piece of it? Then get to know Chris Guillebeau, the easy-on-the-eyes, hard-to-put-down-books-writing self-help helper extraordinaire. His very popular blog, The Art of Non-Conformity, explores entrepreneurship, travel, and personal ...
Unplanned Parrothood

Unplanned Parrothood

You never think it’ll be you. After all, you seem sane (publicly). You think you’re pretty cool (privately).  But then, one day you wake up and somehow, it’s happened. There’s no use denying it. You‘ve become crazy parrot lady. There’s no escaping the fact I’ve become one of those women you ...
Remembering Bob-Daddy

Remembering Bob-Daddy

Toward the end of his life, one of my heroes, George Bernard Shaw, was asked what person in history he would most like to have been. His response was that he would most like to have been the George Bernard Shaw he might have been, and never became. Like Mr. Shaw, most of us would like ...
Thanksgiving and My First Tattoo

Thanksgiving and My First Tattoo

I got my first and my favorite tattoo right after 9/11. On September 12th I literally couldn’t sit up or get out of bed, lying there paralyzed by grief, anguish and anger. In the days that followed I joined my fellow New Yorkers as we shambled about like dazed sleepwalkers stunned by grief ...
Who the Hell Do I Think I Am?

Who the Hell Do I Think I Am?

“I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here.” -- Radiohead Writing this is probably a big mistake. After all, my intent here is to offer advice and inspiration to help women embrace their best selves. But I’ve been uneasy about the title of this ...
You’re Wrong About Why You’re Depressed (Probably)

You’re Wrong About Why You’re Depressed (Probably)

There are reasons you feel depressed, but they may not be the ones you think they are.  Maybe you’re like me, you get really down sometimes for what seems like no reason, or an incredibly stupid one. Say you overheard a friend say something mean, and you feel so blue you’re practically ...
I Finally Found My Mother, Myself, and A Lot More

I Finally Found My Mother, Myself, and A Lot More

You take it for granted. You don’t know you do, but you do. Knowing where you came from, how you came to be in the world, how you came to have that laugh or those eyes. Maybe it doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, you don’t care. But it’s the luxury of not caring about something you have ...
I Just Met the Woman Who Gave Birth to Me

I Just Met the Woman Who Gave Birth to Me

I just met my birth mother. For half a century, I’ve longed to know who I am, where I came from, how my hair, my quirks, my me came to be. Now, thanks to a company called kinsolving, I was able to learn my birth mother’s name, my birth father’s name and open a window onto the landscape ...
I Didn’t Want to Give Up, SO I Gave Up: How I Found My Husband

I Didn’t Want to Give Up, SO I Gave Up: How I Found My Husband

I didn’t think I’d ever be married, and I doubt anyone else did either. First, I am what people generously term,  “a character.”  (I don’t think I am, but maybe that’s the point.) Also, when you’re pushing fifty, live with 2 dogs and 4 parrots, your chances at finding Mr. Right,  Mr. ...

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