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June 19, 2014

Stone Starts Driving

My son Stone, 15, wrote my column again this week.

Hey again. It's me, Stone. You may remember me from last summer, when I ranted about parental oppression. Well, I'm back, with something else I need to get off my chest. This time it's about the surprising, brand-new world of driving.

When I passed the driver's test and got my permit back in April, the training taught me to be a very nice, friendly, rule-abiding driver (always walk around the car and inspect it before driving, signal 100 feet before the turn, etc.). But when I backed out of my driveway and entered into the real world of driving, I was like a small, fluffy bunny in a pit of angry, rabid Rottweilers. The polite world of driver's ed was ripped away to reveal a world of people cutting off other people and not using their turn signals — and full of, ahem, parental help: "STONE, ACCELERATE, YOU NEED TO ACCELERATE!"

Of course, I haven't let all this affect my driving. I still drive slowly and carefully, and the incessant honking around me from those Porsche SUVs driven by soccer moms who need to get to their jewelry-making class is drowned out by the song "Let It Go," which is on indefinite repeat (Yes, I am the only male on the planet who insanely loves Frozen). I am determined not to stoop to the level of other Santa Barbara drivers. As Queen Elsa says, "Don't let them in, don't let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be."

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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

News item:

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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May 8, 2014

Where Does the Story End?

How do you know when Book Club is over? Mine might be in its final chapter ...
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April 24, 2014

A Woman Unglued

My interview with the hilarious, perimenopausal, can't-believe-she's-flipping-50 Sandra Tsing Loh.
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April 10, 2014

Ban 'Bossy'? Over My Bossy Body

Sheryl 'Lean In' Sandberg says it 'hurt' to be called bossy as a girl. Um ... she did alright is all I'm saying.
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June 19, 2014
Stone Starts Driving

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Are You a Feminist NOW?

May 22, 2014
The Sting of the Strikeout

May 8, 2014
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