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How to make a voodoo doll

November 1, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

Kickboxing. Burning sage. Single-handedly consuming an entire bottle of Chardonnay or a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. These are all great, (and perfectly normal!) methods one can deploy when trying to get over an ex. That said, I think there are a lot of advantages to channeling your energy, and your creativity, toward making a […]


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On why Elizabeth mattered, so very much

October 16, 2012 | By | 4 Comments

I’m not a religious person, and yet I believe in heaven. Since I was a teenager, I’ve envisioned my arrival in heaven in minute detail, complete with a welcoming committee made up of loved ones who have gone before me: There! My paternal grandparents, who both died just months before I was born. There! My […]


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Better than a hot bath and a long sob

September 5, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

To any woman hunkering down with her ice cream and/or her chardonnay to get through a break up, I’d suggest grabbing a blankie and curling up with “Lost in Austen,” a 2008 series (streamable on Netflix!) that plays with every well-read girl’s most robust fantasy: trading places with Elizabeth Bennet. (Don’t tell me you haven’t […]


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Celebrity couples: the “huh?” awards

August 21, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

Like everyone else in our lovely country, I LOVE me a good celebrity bust-up story — so much that I have among my notes lurks  spreadsheet (yes, you heard me right, a spreadsheet) that is nothing but former couples, with notes and categories. As of now, this list has only four categories: “oldies but goodies,” […]


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Yes, there is such thing as “forced divorce”

August 16, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

“Forced divorce.” It has a nice ring, maybe, but surely it’s an impossibility: no outsider can make a couple legally dissolve their marriage, right? Not so fast, at least for those of us interested in time travel to ancient Rome. Then and there, forced divorce wasn’t as prevalent as arranged marriage, but it was a […]


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On the first glimpse of my book…as a book

May 9, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Just two days ago I got a sample of what the designer of my book has come up with for the interior pages. I don’t think I have ever been quicker to open a PDF, and I think I emitted a little gasp when I saw what she’d come up with: it’s gorgeous. Elegant, dignified, […]


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On the PMB (post-manuscript blues)

May 3, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

I feel it like the rumble of the subway when you’re up on the street. Faint but there, familiar yet disorienting. It’s been about two weeks since I turned in my book manuscript, and while you’d think I’d be high-fiving the world at this point, I’m not. The fact is I feel a little blue […]


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The Tale of Two Bears: Charlie Brown and Eon

May 1, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

A few months ago, my son Henry grew attached to a cute mustard brown teddy bear a cousin had given him when he was an infant. It must have been just after Christmas that he discovered this particular bear because he named him — presumably not getting his own pun because he’s only three years […]


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Do people outgrow vulnerability to heartbreak?

September 13, 2011 | By | 1 Comment

So, here’s a question for you: do people outgrow their vulnerability to romantic heartbreak? Can it strike at any time in one’s life, or is it something that experience and shifting priorities defangs? I honestly don’t know the answer to this question, which is why I’m posing it. Many psychologists who study “social pain” — […]


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Andy Whitfield and My Primacy Effect

September 12, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Today, the bit of entertainment news that I’ve been dreading for a year: Andy Whitfield, star of the series Spartacus, died yesterday. He was 39, he died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and damn, he was one of the few men on screen to really light my fire. Sure, as Spartacus he was not just chiseled but […]


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