If You Have Nothing to Give, Take Your Pants Off

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In other words, there is always something left to give, if I’m willing to make myself uncomfortable. Okay, so maybe taking my pants off doesn’t make me uncomfortable, and nobody wants to see me take my skivvies off, but you get the meaning. There is always something left to give. And there is no better […]

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Meet RZA of Wu-Tang with these VIP Tickets! (And 5 Other Winners Announced!)

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Tomorrow night, Wu-Tang’s RZA will be in Pittsburgh as part of his “Wisdom of the Word” tour, to talk about his life and his new book, the Tao of Wu. I have a special pair of VIP tickets for one of you! These tickets are ORCHESTRA SEATS to his onstage interview with Terrence Hayes, followed […]

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Geraldine Brooks Tickets, Ned Stuckey-French, and a Poem on Ms Monday!

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You’re probably getting sick of me talking about this move to South Africa as much as I’m getting sick of preparing for it. I wonder what life is like in non-hoarding brains. It must be amazing to be able to store and pack without first having to navigate paths of toppling boxes, clothing and, well, […]

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Writer Wednesday: Rebecca Skloot and a Signed Copy of her Hardcover Bestseller!

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I’m behind on my writer updates and giveaways, so I’ve decided to make it a regular Wednesday event for you. This week I’m giving away a signed copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by bestselling author, Rebecca Skloot. Win this signed book by seeing the contest details below (VERY EASY TO ENTER). I […]

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Cure for a rough patch = Reading a Good Book?

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Returned home only to discover that the gas pipeline between the meter and our home isn’t working.A freezing night in our ski thermals sleeping in front of the great room fireplace. House temps in the low 40s daytime and freezing at night. No heat, hot water, oven/stove or dryer without gas. No contractors quickly available […]

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WINNER of The River of Doubt and Enter for the VIP Tickets to RZA!

1. River of Doubt Winner 2. Destiny of the Republic giveaway 3. Enter to win VIP Tickets to RZA . . . . . .

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Writer’s Hat Trick: Erik Larson

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Today is my birthday. I hope, as a gift, you’ll bear with me through a text-heavy, photo-light blog about an amazing writer and lecturer, Mr. Erik Larson.

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