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Legacy Links. The “This is the New Year (& I don’t feel any different)” edition

Legacy Links. The “This is the New Year (& I don’t feel any different)” edition

A funny thing can happen around this time — almost partway through the first month of the year, we’re either zipping through with stardust in our hair, or beginning to slog and wondering what happened to 2015 as the big ol’ promise it was. This round of Legacy Links takes stock of — well, taking […]

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Legacy Links. 1.03.15

Legacy Links. 1.03.15

First off: thank you to the brilliant colleagues, friends, and readers who have been so supportive about the new Journal design. I’ve been gobsmacked and reinvigorated by the feedback. And now that it’s 2015, I feel ready to sink into the Work. Rest. Love. mantra that you can see above — and that’s available as a print here, […]

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For those in crisis over the holidays.

For those in crisis over the holidays.

Listen to me read this poem here:   For Those in Crisis over the Holidays a poem All the twinkling lights seem sad, seem mocking. Like the time you said, “Good morning,” to your co-worker, and he said back, “What’s so good about it.” There was nothing to say after that. Given a designated time […]

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Legacy links. 11.09.14

Legacy links. 11.09.14

“On Kindness,” by Cord Jefferson: “The world takes from us relentlessly. It takes our friends and first loves. It takes our parents. It takes our faith. It takes our dignity. It takes our passion. It takes our health. It takes our honesty, and it takes our credulity. To lose so much and still hold onto […]

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Reveil, or, When we know what we hold most dear.

Reveil, or, When we know what we hold most dear.

And this seems awful, doesn’t it, to focus on the ephemerality of things? But it’s when we remember, really remember, that this will all pass that we tend to hold what we value most dear. Listen to me read this piece below:   I’ve been asked how the writing conference went. I haven’t written what […]

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On not laughing about pneumonia, damn sad things, & the limitations of people who love you.

On not laughing about pneumonia, damn sad things, & the limitations of people who love you.

I’m still trying to figure out why I, in that medical appointment, responded in the way I did to the doctor’s question: “What from?” You might say that it was an inappropriate response to what might have been an inappropriate question; I didn’t know how else to respond, so I laughed. There is currently no […]

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Keep going. You’re doing great. (Desktop wallpaper download)

Keep going. You’re doing great. (Desktop wallpaper download)

  Listen to me read the below here:   I am consistently struck by how hard everyone is working, including myself. By which I don’t mean sitting at the desk, writing the Great American Novel (as if such a thing existed), or building a cathedral to last the ages. I mean getting through every damn day. Heroically. With heads […]

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On “processing”: you don’t have to work so damn hard.

On “processing”: you don’t have to work so damn hard.

I only figured [out the implications of something that happened to me] while casually watching “The Fall” on Netflix, which was much cheaper than hundreds of hours of therapy. Listen to me read this piece here:   In one scene of the BBC show, “The Fall,” the inspector played by Gillian Anderson visits a woman believed […]

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On a year of entrepreneurship, what’s coming next, & folks I’d like to thank.

On a year of entrepreneurship, what’s coming next, & folks I’d like to thank.

As of today, it’s been exactly a year since I became, as career coach and friend Michelle Ward calls it, a Woman of the World. A year ago, I signed the exit forms for my last day at my position as a full-time editor and copyeditor at a fashion company; after I left the building, I was […]

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