Anatomy of a Line

My four-year-old has been refusing to eat dinner lately.

 

Sometimes she tells me that she’s too tired to eat, sometimes she protests the tiny specks of color that somehow made it into her meal. Once she tried explaining that some people are eating people and some people are not.

 

At first, I thought I’d let her suffer the natural consequences of her actions. But once I realized that the natural consequences of her actions involved her waking me up at 2 a.m. to ask for a bowl of cheerios, I figured I needed a new strategy.

August 9, 2017 | Ben Berman

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Sarajevo and Atlanta Writers Are Creating Art and Empathy Across National and Cultural Borders

July 25, 2017 | Stacy Mattingly

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Learning to Trust the Contrary

My four-year-old asks me to fill her water bottle with really, really, really cold water. She likes her water on the rocks. Or, perhaps better said, she likes her rocks with a splash of water.

 

I’m on my ninth ice cube when I notice that she is doing the pee-pee dance – legs crossed, hopping as she shifts her weight from side to side, as though she’s practicing for Riverdance.

July 12, 2017 | Ben Berman

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Twenty Tips from Published Writers (That They Wish They'd Known Earlier!)

By Katrin Schumann

The best advice comes from people who have been in the trenches. Battled the highs and lows, enjoyed successes and perhaps been disappointed--or delighted--by the unexpected.

I recently asked some of my writer colleagues, friends, clients and former students--all now published--for advice they wish they'd known before launching into the process. Here are the top twenty tips:

July 5, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

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Making it New

My four-year-old has been coming home from pre-school lately singing songs about recycling, which my wife and I have seized as an opportunity to get rid of the stacks and stacks of paper – covered in purple scribbles and Trader Joes stickers – cluttering the house.

 

It’s our way of honoring the earth, we tell her whenever she begins to protest.

 

June 14, 2017 | Ben Berman

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