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I was speaking at a conference recently. There were seven speakers in all – five women and two men. Each of us was introduced prior to our talk by one of the organizers. During the introductions of three of the five female speakers, the organizer mentioned the woman’s physical appearance. “… the brilliant and beautiful…”…

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Last weekend, I performed 90 minutes of storytelling to a capacity crowd at Kripalu, a yoga and fitness center in the Berkshires. I spent the weekend at Kripalu, teaching a weekend-long storytelling workshop to about two dozen people, but the show on Saturday night was open to the general public. The room was crowded and…

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When I visit a bookstore or library or book club to discuss my new novel, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, I also recommend books as a part of my talk. Audience members have recently asked for a list of the books that I am currently recommending, so here there are, in case you can’t…

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So much about my trip to Brazil this summer was outstanding. The people who I met and the places I visited will remain with me forever.  Here was the hardest part: These are all photos that Elysha sent to me while I was gone. Constant reminders of the people I love most, half a world…

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I met a person in Brazil named Judy. If you ever travel to Sao Paulo and need a fascinating person to guide you, Judy is the person to hire. She is a Canadian who has been living in Brazil for almost a decade after having spent the previous decade backpacking solo in more than 40…

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Brazil was only the second country outside the United States that I visited, so some of my observations may apply to many other places and probably do. But in terms of my experiences, here is a list of notable observations from my recent trip to Brazil: Dessert is a big deal in Brazil. It’s eaten…

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I have spoken at four TEDx conferences over the past three years. None have turned out exactly as I had hope.  In 2013, I delivered a talk at TEDx Litchfield called “Speak Less. Expect More.” The talk actually went extremely well. A representative from TED told me that he loved it and thought it had a…

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