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This isn’t a post about the athletes who are kneeling or sitting during the singing of the national anthem. When it comes to that particular form of protest, I would personally prefer that they find a different way to draw attention to a very important issue, but I also recognize and respect their right to…

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School buses are most often painted yellow because the color attracts attention and is noticed quickly by peripheral vision. In fact, the human eye detects yellow faster than any other color. Scientists describe this as follows: “Lateral peripheral vision for detecting yellows is 1.24 times greater than for red.” For this same reason, raincoats are…

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This summer I spoke at the Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH about my latest novel, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs. A local television news crew recorded the event and posted it to YouTube.  If you’ve always wanted to attend one of my book events but haven’t been able to, here’s your chance (though…

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My son’s ongoing obsession with water treatment facilities, electrical grids, and underlying infrastructure of our world (and more recently, the human body) perhaps reached its apex this week when he asked my wife to stop at a plumbing supply store so he could examine the items in stock. Credit my wife for taking the time to…

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Here’s a little secret about me that I’ve never shared with anyone before: Every time I tie my shoes, I think of Mrs. Carroll, the teaching assistant who sat at a table in the hallway between Mrs. Dubois and Mrs. Roberge’s kindergarten classroom at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Blackstone, MA. Mrs. Carroll taught…

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Willy Wonka. Charlie Bucket.Augustus Gloop.Veruca Salt. Violet Beauregarde.Grandpa Joe.Grandma Georgina.The Oompa Loompas. Amazing, perfect, ingenious character names from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, written by master storyteller Roald Dahl, who was born 100 years ago today. And then, for reasons I will never understand, there was Mike Teavee, a boy addicted to television. The worst character name in…

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You may know that I don’t handle mortality well.  One of the things that hurts my heart most is the idea that when we die, we cannot see tomorrow. We’ll never know how this grand story ends, and how far reaching our influence may be. I weep for people like Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allen Poe, Johann…

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In 2013, I applied twice for acceptance to beautifulpeople.com, a social networking site designed specifically for attractive people. Access to beautifulpeople.com is granted only if the members of the network deem you attractive enough to be a member. I was rejected both times. I cataloged my rejections in blog posts in both August and September of that…

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