The Bond release approaches!

The Bond release is officially less than a month away. It's exciting, terrifying, and lovely in equal measure. I've been writing this book for over a decade (and also the two books that follow in The Bond trilogy). These characters and creatures have had full lives in...

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Waiting at the DMV

Waiting at the DMV

I will say this for the Department of Motor Vehicles: everyone suffers. When I’ve had to visit one of our state’s 113 drivers license offices, I’ve noticed how every element seems designed to diminish us. You might be a multi-billionaire or just out of prison (or...

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A dark side of summer vacation

A dark side of summer vacation

With summer vacation in full swing, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes an ideal vacation. First, it’s important to determine which side of the vacation divide you’re on: familiarity or novelty? There are those (and I’ve been in this camp) who return to the same...

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Keeping neighbors on the map

Keeping neighbors on the map

Two summers ago, I spent a month in the Kentucky Knobs without a map. The Knobs horseshoe around the Bluegrass just south of the state’s northernmost tip. Unlike those gentle rolls, the Knobs are a ring of hills, or monadnocks. I was staying in a farmhouse near the...

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Swedish death cleaning and you

Swedish death cleaning and you

Sometimes, a newspaper article can have surprising repercussions. Last fall, I ignored the spate of coverage of a self-help idea called “Swedish Death Cleaning.” As I now know, Swedish author Margareta Magnusson advised the middle-aged to de-clutter their lives so...

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