Back Talk: An Interview with Author Danielle Lazarin

On a recent a shopping trip at Parnassus, Mary Laura Philpott directed my attention to a brightly colored paperback full of what she promised were intriguing short stories about women at all stages of life. Normally, I shy away from literary fiction because half of me worries it will put me to sleep, while the other half…

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Three People, Two Carry-ons: Can it Be Done?

One of my most popular blog posts of all time is called “Three weeks in one carry-on.” Patrick and I traveled to Europe for a month with nothing but a TSA-approved bag. It was an ambitious proposition, for sure — but we pulled it off. Lately, I’ve been wondering if we can pull off this same…

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Will You Create, or Will You Consume?

Recently, I read a book about parenting that had a sample schedule for a newborn. The schedule offered “playtime” suggestions, including: Read to your baby. Sing songs. Allow the baby watch you sew, play piano, or bake bread. I realized that the book had been written more than two decades ago, because it didn’t suggest…

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