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Listening today

February 1, 2008   |   4 Comments

Satta Massagana The Abyssinians So beautiful. Such harmonies. So ridiculously laid back. National anthem of reggae, some say. I hear that the non-English sounding lyrics (Satta Massagana Ahamlai, for example) are Hebrew. But I speak Hebrew and I don’t understand these words. But what do I know. Jah Rastafari. 08-satta-massagana.mp3

I Was a Guardian Angel

January 31, 2008   |   10 Comments

The kind that kicks ass here on earth. Me, many years ago–early 80s. Plus a lot of muscle. This is for you, Davee.

Music for writing

January 23, 2008   |   5 Comments

I usually don’t play music when I write–too distracting. With one exception. When I want to get serious, I put this on repeat and listen to it over and over. I don’t know why but for me it’s perfect–perfect tempo, perfectly spacious. Love. From the “Diva” soundtrack from about 20 yrs ago. sentimental-walk.mp3

The Step Mothership

January 22, 2008   |   14 Comments

Just started “following” a woman on Twitter (this is not like stalking, you’re supposed to follow people) who blogs about stepmothering. Her stepkid is little, mine is 21. When I married his dad, he was 11 so I’ve been part of his life for a fair amount of time. There have been super-high pros and super-low cons. But—and I’m not... READ MORE

Self hate or self love?

January 17, 2008   |   3 Comments

I am one of the luckiest people alive because I have some amazing friendships. Like the guy mentioned above who e-mailed me those comments about Dylan. I mean how awesome is that. This morning was talking to another friend who said, when I was telling him about trying to become a better, more disciplined writer, “Sometimes the energy of self-hate... READ MORE

What is the Enneagram?

January 16, 2008   |   10 Comments

Whenever I find myself in a conversation about interpersonal difficulties (“My boss is a screamer,” “I can’t get my boyfriend to ever be on time,” “My sister cannot  commit to anything”) I always ask, “have you ever heard of the enneagram?” I get one of four responses: 1. No. Not interested in that kind of hoodoo. 2. Isn’t that some... READ MORE

Inspiration much?

January 16, 2008   |   2 Comments

Was e-mailing with a friend yesterday about the kookiness of trying to make a living as a writer when he said this: Being an artist is a risk. Risking non acceptance. Art has an interior dimension. One is groping for what has profound MEANING. Then to present that sense with integrity is vital. But it is a risk because it... READ MORE

Next book?

January 14, 2008   |   Leave a reply

Woke at 530 am. Was nervous about meetings today and after much thought and study, devised the following step-by-step strategy: 1. Feel nervous. 2. Rouse good cheer and trust in my own intelligence. 3. Drop all of that. 4. Click in with the atmosphere of the meeting and allow it to affect me. 5. See what happens next. Strategy was... READ MORE

Next book?

January 13, 2008   |   9 Comments

Unlike fiction writers, we non-fiction, self-helpy people don’t submit books, we submit book proposals, a lengthy outline of an idea. Good news: The book is sold before you start writing it. Bad news: creative direction is subject to group-think.In writing 4 books, I’ve screwed this creative direction thing up every which way. I’ve acted the know-it-all and ignored valuable input... READ MORE

What it was like to be on Oprah

January 4, 2008   |   9 Comments

Yes, I was on Oprah. Two times in late 2003, early 2004. Without fail, when someone hears I’ve been on the show assumptions are made: 1. I must have pulled some wicked strings to get myself on. 2. I am now rich. If only it were that simple. I’d be spending money like water and jerking those strings whenever coffers... READ MORE

New Year's Resolutions: a Buddhist perspective

January 1, 2008   |   1 Comment

Good morning and hello New Year! I’m very excited that you’re here. This is a magical day. Can you feel it? No matter what else is going on, in some way most people are in a state of contemplation and hope. Yesterday and today are the two days in the year when reflection comes to the fore, and with it... READ MORE

Be more zen: what does this mean?!

December 21, 2007   |   4 Comments

Yesterday I did a radio interview with the Martha Stewart show on Sirius. It was about an article I wrote for the new Body + Soul Magazine, which is published by Martha. The article is called “Love Lessons” and is about how instead of getting all cranky when our loved ones don’t act right, we could employ something called The... READ MORE