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Mina Samuels
Mina Samuels, author of "Run Like A Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives," is a freelance writer and editor and in a previous incarnation, a litigation lawyer and human rights advocate. In addition to many ghostwriting projects, her previous books include a novel, "The Queen of Cups," and "The Think Big Manifesto," coauthored with Michael Port. When she is not writing she might be off doing triathlons, marathons, biking, cross-country skiing, yoga, rock climbing, kayaking, snowshoeing, or hiking in far off places.

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Entries by Mina Samuels

A Paris Weekend in November

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 12:45 PM

Friday evening began to change its shape after the first text message. Three of us had been to the theatre on Rue de la Folie Méricourt, and my partner had met us there at the end of the show. We've checked the...
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Donning My Cloak of Semi-Invisibility in Paris

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 1:18 PM

I had the wind knocked out of me last week ... by a piece of art. At La Fondation Louis Vuitton, a new Frank Gehry-designed gallery in the Bois de Boulogne, we saw Accrochage 3: Pop & Musique/Son. There were the expected Warhol, Basquiat and Gilbert & George...

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Living Under the Spell of My Parisian Chairs

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 7:22 AM

My apartment in Paris is filled with chairs: chairs tucked in little corners, posed in front of cupboard doors, chatting together in corners, pushed up against walls in a row, stacked, draped with blankets, the older ones elegant in their decrepitude. They are having a strange effect on me, both...

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Pictures I Haven't Taken

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 9:33 AM


Flying into Boise, Idaho last week, a State I'd never been to, I was surprised by the rolling desert--brown, arid, sensual; the kind of terrain I often imagine walking into and never returning. Snap.

Then there are huge rectilinear buildings, low...

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Pushing Humpty Dumpty Off the Wall

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:22 PM

His arm hung by a thread. Stuffing foamed out of the stump. A purple ring of thread on the top of his faded, once dark green velvet egghead was the last evidence of his purple-yarn topknot. Around his fat egg waist, he wore a wide, faded woven belt with three...

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Embracing My OzGoth

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 1:51 PM

As of last week, my agent is trying to sell a new book I wrote. My first instinct is to hide under the covers all day, every day until...well, until what? Until all the rejections are in, my negative voice says. The voice that thinks it's just realistic to keep...

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Everyone Wants to Be Like a Girl Now

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 3:21 PM

My 18-year-old nephew asked me on Monday if I could sue Always for using the expression "run like a girl," the title of my 2011 book. While I was touched by his protectiveness, I had to explain that the expression was free for anyone to use. It wasn't...

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Dismissing Soul Cycle Moms Is Cheap and Easy

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:02 PM

On any given morning, a favored haunt of mine, Irving Farm Coffee Shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, has at least one table full of pre or post workout Soul Cycle Moms. These women are so visible everywhere, not just in my neighborhood, but all over town, not...

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Does Happiness Require Suffering?

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 4:21 PM

Listening to Jian Ghomeshi recently, I heard him interview George St. Pierre (September 1, 2014 episode), a former world champion ultimate fighter. Ghomeshi asked him if he enjoyed the bouts, if he was happy when he was in the ring. St. Pierre answered that in the moment of...

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The Secret Superpower of Matching: 6 Reasons to Matchy-Match

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 1:40 PM

When I was around 15, I got kicked out of gym class for wearing shorts and a t-shirt that didn't match. Not wearing the gym uniform would have been forgivable, or so my gym teacher told me, as she escorted me from the gym; if I hadn't chosen to wear...

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I Sweat Male Tears

(5) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 2:02 PM

Late to the party, it was only this morning that I learned about the meme-ic wave of comic misandry sweeping the Internet. For those of you similarly situated in pop culture: Misandry is the opposite of misogyny. Comic misandry is the play on contempt or hatred for men for comic...

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My Fearless Challenge: Mountain Biking!

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 9:46 AM

My mountain bike and I have been getting more closely acquainted lately, and I think I can say that we are becoming friends in a way we never were before. This morning, as my bike slipped sideways in some sand on a steep-ish downhill, I thought to myself, My bike...

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How to Get Inside My Mind

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 5:43 PM

This past Sunday I paid money for the opportunity to plunge into a pool of icy water and swim under a wall that divided the pool in half; and I don't just mean ice cold, I mean water thick with a deep layer of floating ice cubes cozying up against...

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Yoga Mirror

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 4:48 PM

I tried out a new yoga studio the other day. Good girl, getting out of my studio rut. Oh no -- mirrors -- on two walls, no less. Inescapable. I am partial to the notion that our alignment in yoga ought to come from the inside, from learning to feel...

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Just Quit and Just Do it

(6) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 1:33 PM

To find our way in life sometimes we have to just quit, and other times we have to just do it. In Kimberly Coats' case, she did both.

In 2008, at 42-years-old, possessed of a high-paying dream job as business development manager for Sysco, schmoozing the top chefs in...

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Can Strong Be Sexy?

(7) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 9:03 AM

I was asked recently what I thought about men watching women's sports for the eye candy. Did I think it was bad, the interviewer asked? My immediate thought was, yes, of course. I don't want men watching women athletes for the turn-on, I want men to be watching for the...

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Making Meaning in Our Lives

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 7:40 PM

You may have noticed, I've been thinking a lot lately about the under-layers of that eternally provocative question: Why are we here? Maybe there doesn't need to be a reason for everything. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. But isn't it nice to have a reason for something as...

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Give Your Workouts A Purpose

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 9:30 AM

We work out for all sorts of reasons -- maybe we do it to de-stress, to lose weight, to get stronger, to be healthy or for all those ends and others. All good reasons, but beneath this first layer of forces driving us out onto the roads and trails, into...

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Giving Up On A Run, What I Got In Return

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 7:13 PM

Last week I set out with my partner to do a 20-mile trail run in the South Yuba River canyon, from Little Washington to Purdon Crossing. There would be some elevation gain -- okay, 6,000 feet to be exact -- but we took the optimist's path, and set that detail...

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Working Out Shouldn't Be About Getting A 'Perfect Body'

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 2:04 AM

I have tried all sorts of different workouts in my time. In addition to all the outdoor things I partake of -- from running and cycling (off and on road) to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking to kayaking, rock climbing and swimming -- I do yoga and what's variously called...

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