How do we remember?

I’ve been thinking about memory a lot lately. Like, why do we remember some things and not others? I can recite how one of my customers took his coffee twenty years ago but fail to recall that we are out of dog food as I’m driving by the store. And why do the painful occasions…

How to Prepare for Your Book Reading

  Start a list. Write ‘choose pages to read’ at the top. Remind yourself they are to be read out loud, not in your head. Shave your legs. Glance at your list but decide you should choose your outfit instead. Create an online vote for which dress to wear. (White is in the lead!) Start…

Be that face!

I wanted to share some of the faces that have looked back at me when I asked if I could take their picture. They are a ┬áreminder to me to show up and be engaged in the lives of others. I mean, look at these seventh graders I spoke to about writing memoir – don’t…

Checking coat pockets

When I was a little girl I thought I would be a ballet dancer for a job. Apparently, you could get money to go to class and perform and that seemed like heaven. When I decided at age fourteen not to move away from my family to Kansas City to study dance full-time there, I…

With a little help from my friends…

I hate to ask for help. Maybe it’s a Midwestern thing or a control issue or because I’m a Sagittarius (yes, my birthday is coming up) – but for most of my life I would have rather eaten glass than to ask for something, even if I really wanted it. Naturally, this hasn’t always worked…

Stranger Opportunity

I have seen most (maybe all) episodes of Law & Order, SVU seasons included, so I am well aware of the risks of letting a stranger in your door. As a teenager I read Truman Capote’s┬áIn Cold Blood, which only graphically reinforced the lessons received in grade school about the perils of stranger danger. With…