Woman wearing winter cap and coat in a ray of sunlight

The sun is shining. The sky is blue. The neighbor’s Trump signs are down. Frost coats the grass. My dogs greet the neighbor dog. A …

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author claire hoffman

This blog first appeared on Huffington Post, November 2, 2016. I was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about 95 miles northeast of Fairfield, home to …

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woman photographing wood pile

There I am, among photographs of a dinner table waiting for guests; a peahen, her pale white crest every bit as captivating as her cobalt …

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There are times as a writer that I surely think “who cares?” Who cares if I write? Do I care if I write? Why AM …

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This blog posted on Huffington Post on 09-02-15. My friend is fighting for her life. Prayer requests are going out and prayers are going up. …

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My friend Nina gave them to us as a wedding present: two mugs that were made in Cameroon, a country that’s been called Africa’s “throbbing …

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Two months ago today, my 3-year-old grandboy Owen James and his mama left Iowa for North Carolina because his mama needed her mama. We didn’t …

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abigail thomas by jennifer waddell

Originally published in HuffPost Books 3/17/15 Brief Interviews is a series in which writers discuss language, literature, and a handful of Proustian personality questions. Abigail …

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Clare Munn, Maria Bello, Mariska Hargitay

Originally published on HuffPost Books 04/27/15 By Annie L. Scholl She kept them under her bed — a hundred or more journals she had filled …

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It’s Day 4 of using my Fitbit to the fullest. Given what happened in Paris yesterday, it feels ridiculous, insignificant and narcissistic to write about …

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