• The Biggest Loser: Meryl Streep

    The Biggest Loser: Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep said it herself — Y’all are probably sick of me by now. Okay. Well, she didn’t say it quite like that, but take away the southern accent and that pretty much sums up what she said after being awarded her third Oscar for[..]
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  • Prayersanity

    Prayersanity

    O Raphael, lead us toward those we are waiting for, those who are waiting for us: Raphael, Angel of happy meeting, lead us by the hand toward those we are looking for. May all our movements be guided by your Light and transfigured with your joy.[..]
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  • The Hope of Adele

    The Hope of Adele

    I was in a public place recently and heard an older gentleman tell a joke about a 30-something woman who was despairing over not being married. Such jokes don't amuse me -- it doesn't matter if the women are portrayed as single, pregnant, want-to-be pregnant,[..]
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  • The Reckless Death of Children

    The Reckless Death of Children

    People all across the nation cried out after learning that Josh Powell blew himself and his two young sons to smithereens in Washington State on Sunday.  Powell has long been the primary suspect in the disappearance and suspected murder of his wife Susan. Last week[..]
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  • What Ann Rule said

    What Ann Rule said

    In case you missed it, true crime writer Ann Rule has endorsed the upcoming book. Here's what she said: "A Silence of Mockingbirds is beautifully written by a very talented investigative journalist. But, even more, this is Karen Zacharias's own story too, one of trust[..]
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  • Bent Over Ourselves

    Bent Over Ourselves

    I’ve been reading Mary Karr’s memoir Lit – her struggle through alcoholism and depression and getting sober and finding something to believe in. In reading her story, I’ve been stuck by how universal the feelings of inadequacy she experiences are. I know I often feel like the bystander[..]
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  • Dancing Your Way to Happiness

    Dancing Your Way to Happiness

    I have a girlfriend who is diagnosed schizophrenic. She and I have been friends for decades. When I was working on my second book she said to me, "I wish I could be a writer so I could keep myself entertained." I laughed and said,[..]
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  • The Pauper’s Home

    The Pauper’s Home

    Usually when we think of the poor we focus on issues related to their daily needs. What do they need? A warm biscuit and a cup of coffee. A coat, a pair of boots, dry socks, wool gloves and a stocking cap. A place to[..]
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  • A new hood to hang out in

    A new hood to hang out in

    I have a lot of things to catch you up on: -the Paul  Young event in Seattle -the Anne Jackson event in Portland - the surgery - Ashley's car wreck But perhaps the biggest news of all is something I haven't yet confided to you[..]
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