Starshine

July 31, 2014

Let It Go? We're Trying

It's the parental fear that no generation before ours has yet grappled with: the terror that our children will grow up to be on a reality show. My particular dread? I'm raising a prime-time "hoarder."

Never one to pass a rock without dropping it in his pocket, my youngest child weeps and wails if I throw out a year-old, splay-bristled, paste-encrusted toothbrush. He has Valentine's candy from 2011 crammed into keepsake boxes in his tchotchke-stocked bedroom.

And last weekend, the boy refused to relinquish a pair of skate shoes whose canvas had torn away from the rubber soles up front, exposing his toes as he walked and flapping open like a chatty cartoon mouth. Even my grandmother, raised on scraps in the Oklahoma dust bowl, would call them "hobo shoes." Though he left the shoe store with two new pairs, he wouldn't — couldn't — throw the old ones in the trash. So I did.

"It's just ..." he started, "I have a lot of good memories with those shoes." Perfect, I reasoned. Then you don't need the actual shoes. And memories don't take up room in the closet.

It's a constant battle: His sentimentality versus my efficiency. He has collections and mementos; I have goals and checklists. He loves to reminisce and savor the past while I strive to produce and stay ahead of the clock.

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July 17, 2014

Wife-Carrying: An Actual Thing

Have you heard of this sport?! Naturally, I had to try it.
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July 4, 2014

Ms. Roshell Goes to Washington

What happens when a jaded Hollywood brat touches down on Rome-on-the-Potomac? Stuff. That's what.
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June 19, 2014

Stone Starts Driving

My son parked in my column spot this week.
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June 5, 2014

Are You a Feminist NOW?

Listen up, sisters: You don't get to treat feminism like an accessory that would ruin your otherwise awesome outfit.
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May 24, 2014

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Starshine at the SB Writers Conference

This is a great Memoir panel I was on last year at the Writers Conference, with three other authors including the delightfully entertaining Jane Heller. Don't worry--I'm not as anxious as I look in the freeze frame.

SBWC: Memoir Writing Panel from Ninety Degrees Media on Vimeo.


May 22, 2014

The Sting of the Strikeout

Turns out you CAN watch a Little League game without tearing your hair out. You just need sage advice.
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July 31, 2014
Let It Go? We're Trying

July 17, 2014
Wife-Carrying: An Actual Thing

July 4, 2014
Ms. Roshell Goes to Washington

June 19, 2014
Stone Starts Driving

June 5, 2014
Are You a Feminist NOW?

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