Reading Memoirs: There is no one good way to write a memoir

I’m curious about memoirs and have started to gather them at home. This gathering is a process I enjoy tremendously and involves hours spent with my head tilted to the side scanning thrift shop bookshelves. It’s my version of hunting and gathering. Usually non-violent and I never know what I’ll come home with. Recently, I […]

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You aren’t funny (and that’s OK)

Earlier this week, I had a conversation with a friend-turned-client (who I still consider a friend first). She told me that introducing herself is stressful because she’s busy trying to remember all the things she wants to say and trying to make sure she fits in a joke. First of all, introducing yourself is hard. […]

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Don’t Polish Your Stories

A client talked about telling only polished versions of her stories yesterday and I jumped in to correct her. Not great manners, it’s true, but this is a topic I have big feelings about. There are no polished versions of stories you tell. Every story you tell is always a story in progress. It’s a […]

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Slightly Foxed No 70 Summer 2021

My Private Reading Pleasure

Slightly Foxed is my private reading pleasure. It’s British quarterly literary magazine that “introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal.” It contains articles written by people who love to read, often authors, about books they love. A good friend gifted me a subscription when I turned […]

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Storytelling & Antiracism: Benefits of Listening

This blog post is the fourth in a series about Storytelling and Antiracism. Click on a post title to read earlier posts: Storytelling and Antiracism, Choosing Stories, or Benefits of Storytelling Picture children listening to a story. They’re sitting in a circle on the carpet listening, wide-eyed and mouth agape, to a storyteller in the […]

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Slavery exhibit at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Yesterday, I went to the Slavery exhibit at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The exhibit is a historic event; the first large scale public acknowledgement of the role that the slavery played in Dutch colonial and domestic history. It’s open until 29 August and I encourage everyone who can to get yourself a ticket and go. […]

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Stack of books: 84, Charing Cross road by Helene Hanff, Real Life by Brendan Taylor, Ark Angel and Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz, The Yield by Tara June Winch, and Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee

March 2021 Book Reviews

My reading mojo returned in March, perhaps the sun woke it from a winter slumber. All of this to say, “I read a bunch of books in March.” I had gotten into a bit of a slump, but 84, Charing Cross Road in particular pulled me right out of it. Read on to find out […]

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Three stacked books. Slightly Foxed No. 65, Bestiary by K-Ming Chang, and Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

February 2021 Book Reviews

I’m quite pleased to look back at my February reading list and see that I did a good job of working on my goal to read more Asian authors. This little project of mine has gotten me thinking about what it means to read Asian authors, what it means to read Asian authors who are […]

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Text: Benefits of Storytelling, Storytelling and Antiracism Series

Storytelling & Antiracism: Benefits of Storytelling

This blog post is the third in a series about Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to read the first post: Storytelling and Antiracism or the second, Choosing Stories. Storytelling is a powerful experience that can include benefits for the storyteller as much as for the audience. On the one hand there are the nerves that […]

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