The tyranny of numbers: fitspiration, revisited

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This week, I wrote a guest blog for Kate Daigle Counseling on a topic I’ve addressed here before: “fitspiration” and the dangerous line it walks between promoting health and fitness and encouraging a… Continue reading

The end of an era: goodbye, St. Bernadette

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They say you can’t go home again, but I think we never want to until home disappears. I’m a refugee from a country that no longer exists.  I won’t pretend I loved you… Continue reading

My polar vortex: definitions of power

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The wind doesn’t whistle around the eaves, during a rust belt blizzard. It roars. I lay awake in bed last night, tree branches frantically scraping my windows as if to say, “It’s too… Continue reading

Remembering what matters, this holiday season

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This holiday season, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s important or more importantly, maybe, what’s not. We always have the best of intentions, don’t we? We plan to do it all, see… Continue reading

Let’s talk packaging: what’s your cover?

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I’m thinking today about packaging. We judge books by their covers, don’t we? People as books, houses as books, people as houses, for that matter. I’m a voyeur of your abode, I’ll warn… Continue reading

Buffalo Steel launch party: success!

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This week, I held an official launch party and signing for “Buffalo Steel.” The Buffalo Irish Center graciously hosted me, about 100 of my closest family, friends and guys who wandered in from… Continue reading

Don’t box me in

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Sometimes I wonder why we’re always trying to define ourselves. It’s a peculiar brand of vanity, sticking a label to our own puffed-out chests. Journalist. Writer. Girlfriend. Foodie. Hipster. Like we’re all trying… Continue reading

Good things come in well-wrapped packages

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As I ran my fingernail along the fold in the brown paper, making it sharp-sharp-sharp, I couldn’t help but remember the woman who taught me how to wrap boxes properly, many years ago.… Continue reading

Buffalo Steel has launched!

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I’m pleased to announce that “Buffalo Steel” has officially launched and is now available from Black Rose Writing and on Amazon.com, with local bookstores and other purveyors to follow. I’d like to send… Continue reading

Taking a bench in the rat race: my take on doing it all

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There’s a lot of pressure to do it all, be the best you can be, push yourself to your limits, go, go go until you’re exhausted and then go a little more. “I… Continue reading