In my experience, “Follow your passion” may not be the best career advice

I’ve never bought into the advice given to young people today to just follow your passion and the money will follow. If only life were that simple and formulaic. For so many reasons I’ve instinctively found this philosophy to be flawed, misleading, and even dangerous. First of all, young people rarely have the depth of life experience and knowledge necessary to even properly identify what…

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Mary L. Trump is clearly not a fan of her uncle, Donald Trump

When I first started reading Too Much and Never Enough, How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump, niece of Donald Trump, I honestly was not sure I’d have the stomach to finish it—but I did, in less than two days. Watching the Donald Trump horror show and the collapse of the United States has not been a pleasant experience…

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The Tuscan Sun shines on in a new Frances Mayes book

Fans of Under The Tuscan Sun* by Frances Mayes will absolutely love her new fictional novel published last year. Reading Women in Sunlight is like taking a quick trip to Tuscany. The author treats us to the sights, sounds, and tastes of Italy without fighting airport lineups or the inconvenience and expense of stuffing our creaky bodies into a cramped airplane seat for seven hours to…

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My days as a trophy wife could be over

My descent into ordinariness started with my manicure, or lack of it. Lockdown has made me extremely lazy. It’s an insidious process. Not having to get dressed for public appearances several times a week has created an entire generation of women who are awakening to the joys of freedom from regular and expensive mani-pedi treatments; freedom from constricting waistbands, makeup, and freedom from bras, particularly…

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American Dirt exposes timely and shocking insights into the plight of migrants

Jeanine Cummins, author of the best-selling novel American Dirt has been roundly criticized for writing a book about a politically sensitive subject she wasn’t born into. The cultural appropriation accusation is frequently hurled at authors and it’s a nasty term. American Dirt is the story of a Mexican woman and her eight-year-old son who are fleeing the wrath of a cartel in Mexico by trying to illegally cross…

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