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One more reason women rock: McNally Jackson book reading

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Nothing But the Truth

Love seeing my name listed on the cover along with so many talented female authors.

In the better late than never category, and particularly for those in and around Soho looking for something to do this evening, McNally Jackson is hosting several authors in support of A Band of Women’s latest project, Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions. I will be joining a group of women whom I have never met, and am so looking forward to reading an excerpt of my essay, a reflection on dropping my developmentally disabled daughter off at Chapel Haven in Connecticut.

It is somewhat ironic that as I read about this incredible transition for my daughter, I am experiencing another life-changing moment. I am not so sure when I’ll be ready to write this story down, but when the call comes for Volume 2, I will likely be the first in line. It’s been a wonderful opportunity and I feel so fortunate, especially at a time when I am working very hard to get back on my feet and back into life. I thank all the women involved for lifting me up with their terrific stories and storytelling skills, and for making me feel proud and accomplished, even if just for 15 minutes.

Check out the book here. And if you are in the neighborhood, please join me and all these smart, articulate women at the McNally Jackson book reading. 7pm.

Here are the details:

Readers this evening: Sierra Trees, Janet Hanson, Jessie Braun, Ashley Collins, Heather Kristin, Dawn Warden-Reeder, Kat Hurley, Abby Ellin, and Shannon Weisleder. Wine and refreshments served.

Location: 52 Prince St., New York, New York 10012-3309

high anxiety: moving over to wordpress.org…

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…taking my blog to the next level—without destroying it in the process; the upgrade required me to restore default settings which amounted to a lackluster font. (Not an easy click to make since I am a font-forward writer.) But because I am so thrilled to be building a following, and want to be as professional as possible with this recent writing endeavor, it makes sense to step up and get in the ring where the big kids play. And, I also happily discovered a few fonts I can live with until the big switch is active. Then, I’ll be thinking on a new design, again to look as pro as possible. Showing personality is good, but doing it with truly slick style is even better. Feel free to send over any advice you WordPress design experts.

In the meantime, I’ll keep posting—and keep y’all posted. Ready, set, go…

Blog talk: On the Lineup

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I can’t be the only after-hours blogger longing for an extra six hours each day, hands that type as fast as I think, or a magic pill to spin less articulate thoughts into compelling copy… getting it right—and done on time—as a blogger is a daily challenge. But when I finally get a post up, and see that actual people are reading the words that I have labored over, it’s like eating a heaping, grandma-made bowl of pasta and meatballs after a long day of inconsequential noshes—sheer satisfaction.

And now that I finally got my latest post up on womenonbusiness.com, and passed along a few deliverable to clients, I am ready to dive into at least one of my upcoming posts. For starters, I have on the editorial lineup, a Q+A with Jay Jaboneta, founder of Yellow Boat of Hope, and a conversation with Val Haller, founder of music website Valslist.com and the writer behind “Music Match”. She’s got a new app coming out that is sure to be a hit on the holiday gift-giving list—from kids to parents.

Also coming up is a trio of culinary spotlights: Yellow Springs Farm (crazy good artisinal cheese maker), Wyebrook Farm, purveyors of organic beef, pork, chicken and eggs, and Boxcar Brewing Company (hopefully onsite tours of each)—all new food and drink resources discovered at Heritage Farm Fare a few weeks ago.

And, my Mighty Writers mentee is slated to deliver a guest post on our field trip to The Free Library of Philadelphia to see, listen to and get our jam on with author James McBride and his band. One of the coolest book reading/signing events that I’ve been to, I thought it would be neat to hear what a 15-year-old took away (aside from her first-ever autographed hardcover!).

Somewhere in here I plan to squeeze in a follow up to all the tweeting and posting, and most importantly, listening, I participated in during Social Good Summit 2013 in NYC. I’ve been wrestling with a few ways to tackle the endless possible angles, hence the delay. However, I am still on the #2030NOW high, and feel a sense of duty to help keep the mojo flowing and turn people onto this amazingly optimistic and powered up initiative.

And finally, I just learned that my good friend, Research Specialist at Monell Chemical Senses Center, musician and philosopher, has launched an online video talk show “Meeting of the Minds with Christopher Maute”. I am just getting up to speed on this, but after listening to him explain the central themes discussed on the air, I am curious to tune in. And, hopefully you will too—to these posts and others, as I continue to grow read.eat.DEW.write and keep up with all the interesting (and occasionally frustrating) happenings in the world.

Thanks for listening. Er, reading.

No Longer in Beta: ShopMoxie

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Which means, shopping till you drop, locally, just got easier—and smarter.

I’m pretty excited, because I was invited to kick off the Guest Post Series. (Check out my fancy new badge below.)

For a half hour or so, I debated whether I should start off with my hometown, or pick another familiar city, primarily because I don’t want to get in trouble with any of the truly great business/owners that I know personally and professionally. However, like you, I am a consumer, and despite the PR/Marketing gig, I am a journalist first, reporting accurately and objectively. And, no one even knew I was doing this, so my picks come with no strings attached. I’m also here to answer any questions about the site, how to sign up, etc. If you’re short on reading time just now, this link will get you to the right spot on the ShopMoxie site for the Cliff Notes version of what this hyper-local cyber venture is all about.

Stay tuned for my Top Philly Picks which will be published at both ShopMoxie and read.eat.DEW.write. in less than 48 hours. (I better get typing!) The Philadelphia spotlight is part of ShopMoxie’s inaugural Best of the U.S. by Local Bloggers Series.

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