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Nature Blog: Take heaven where you find it

Nature Blog: Take heaven where you find it

This post originally appeared on February 26, 2012 on Nature Writing. During my nature writing class at Chatham University’s MFA program, I had to keep a weekly nature blog. Each of us picked a place and spent thirty minutes in that place each week, and then wrote a blog post about it. I’ve just bought...

Deadlines work — If you know how to use them

Deadlines work — If you know how to use them

You might think a self-imposed deadline will motivate you to write that story, research that paper, or establish your vegetable garden. It won’t. At least, it won’t if you don’t have a plan to back it up. I have learned this from depressing, depressing experience. Here’s an example from last fall. It’s about September, and...

The Hypothetical Girl exposes the hidden emotion of online dating

The Hypothetical Girl exposes the hidden emotion of online dating

Every story in Elizabeth Cohen’s first collection, The Hypothetical Girl, has a “Yes, yes that’s it!” moment. These are romance stories for the connected twenty-first century, but I have to warn you, most of them don’t have happy endings. Although online dating is gaining more acceptance in our culture, a lot of people still look...

#FridayReads: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker

#FridayReads: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker

If you are a woman and you have ever felt bad about your body, you need to read this book. In it, Wendy Shanker takes a hard look at body image, stereotypes, negative connotations, outright judgement, dieting, and more. The most powerful thing she’s suggested so far is this: If you have tried many, many...