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I like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Dumbo a lot. These are stories in which protagonists who look decidedly different from their counterparts ultimately accept their oddities and differences, and in doing so, force the world embrace and celebrate their oddities and differences as well. These are stories in which differences are honored. Diversity proves…

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It’s a question I get a lot. Whether it’s stories that I’m sharing on the golf course or at the dinner table or on the stage, I always have a new story to tell. A small part of this is the unusual life that I’ve led, filled with chaos, bad luck, and at times, disaster.…

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The end of 2017 is a busy time for me. I’m finishing my fifth adult novel.I’m finishing my first middle grade novel.I’m copyediting my nonfiction book on storytelling.  I’m not complaining (or trying not to, at least) because I know how fortunate I am to have three different publishers willing to pay me to write,…

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I’ve made it an almost annual tradition to spend a portion of my Thanksgiving writing about the people, places, things and institutions to which I am thankful.  Last year, I chose to thank no one for a very specific reason. In 2015, I expressed my gratitude for possibility. In 2014, I listed 18 reasons that…

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His sister wasn’t ready to eat breakfast, but Charlie wasn’t alone. His furry pal kept him company as he devoured Cheerios, strawberries, and mango.  It’s moments like these that allow me to forgive and forget the bag of oats that he tore open and spread all over the kitchen floor last night. Or the moment he…

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