I was in New Orleans recently, arriving shortly after the oil catastrophe (‘spill’ is hardly an adequate word).  Even though officials said they didn’t know how bad the damage would be, every Louisianian I spoke to had little doubt, and the horror showed in their faces.  My heart breaks, as I’m sure yours does.  I…

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If you read this blog even occasionally, you know how ambivalent I am about social networking.  I do it mostly because it’s part of my job, to be honest.  It’s not that I don’t want to hear from readers — on the contrary, hearing from readers is one of the things I LOVE about being…

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This week a friend called me, her tone a bit tightly-wound, and asked if I had a few minutes to talk.  My friend is a writer, someone I’ve met only recently, and she’s just published her first book.  It’s done pretty well.  A few nice reviews, a bit of attention.  She should be happy.  But…

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