I can’t be the only one, when watching morning shows or scrolling through Twitter or Facebook, who’s thinking pleasefortheloveofgodjustshutup, who empathizes with the character Michael Douglas plays in the movie Falling Down.
In a strange, new – and entirely unexpected – development, I’m suddenly talking about books on TV. Continue reading
Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Monday, June 24
By Kristen J. Tsetsi
In the online feedback section of a Daily Mail excerpt of Lauren Sandler’s new book One and Only (Simon & Schuster), one reader manages to fit just about all of the negative assumptions about parents of only children into a single comment: “Talk about being stupidly selfish. Kids need to grow up with kids. Having just one child is bad for that child.” Continue reading
Originally published in the Journal Inquirer June 18, 2013
by Kristen J. Tsetsi
Birth rates in the United States may be falling — 2012, Pew research says, saw a 1 percent decrease from 2011, a year when Americans had fewer babies than in any of the previous years — but the cost of having them certainly isn’t. Continue reading
Aging as a woman is thrilling, exciting, invigorating, life-affirming, and super cool. With my 39th birthday arriving on the first day of summer, I am finding myself ever-enthralled with the changes I’m seeing in my face, my hair, my skin, as I mature. Woo!
I’m just like Gwyneth Paltrow, who said, “I like being older. It’s nice to really know yourself and feel relaxed. And I actually think I look better now than I did when I was 24, so I’m very comfortable with myself.”
Exactly! I was hideous as a 20-something. Ask anyone. Almost-40 is the bomb diggety doo (or whatever the kids are saying now). Continue reading
No more women and children, please. (Or “womenandchildren,” since it may as well be.)
Any given tragedy story will include this nonsense: “…killed 24 – including women and children…”
How many women? How many children? And – wait – what about the men? Continue reading
It’s exciting to have a finished project, and it’s hard to get noticed.
Alone, those are just the facts. But throw in someone who has just finished their first project, and witness the gory, inadvertent self-mutilation resulting from the LOOK AT ME! explosion.
When I learned that an author I’ll call Ms. Y had a son in the Army, I asked her if she might be interested in reading Pretty Much True… . (At the time, it hadn’t yet been placed with a publisher and was just sitting around in my computer doing nothing.) She responded with “Yes,” but she also asked if I was looking for an endorsement. Continue reading
Writers interview other writers all the time about their upcoming or current projects.
But when the writers conducting the interviews are also creative writers, the questions can sometimes get a little too “Tell me about your process.” A little too “What do you, as a writer, think about the great art of writing?” It becomes (frankly) a big writer circle j–well, back-patting circle Continue reading
Originally published in the Journal Inquirer March 5, 2013
By Kristen J. Tsetsi
Sister Monica Mary Kvasnik, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church, says her neurologist was surprised when she told him the neuromuscular disorder he’d said was incurable had stopped producing symptoms following adjustments from a chiropractor.
“His mouth kind of just dropped open and he turned beet red. At first he was really upset that I was going to a chiropractor,” she says, “but when he heard my reasoning…”