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Anne Lamott

10 Ways To Be A Better Human Being

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

This should be obvious, but there are so many people out there who seem to forget how much of a difference kindness can make. When people are kind to each other, it's contagious. Kindness breeds kindness, and there's nothing wrong with that. I believe it takes more energy to be unkind, so why bother?

Will the Truth Really Set Us Free?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

It wasn't until my faith continued to develop that I began to see the many ways the Church wielded Truth like a weapon.

Islands of Safety, Part 2: Libraries and Books

James M. Lynch | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

It might help to remind yourself in the middle of a crazy, life-in-your-face week that a trip to the library can change your whole mood and the hushed semi-silence and respectful calm it brings might offer you the change in perspective you need, the recharging of your batteries that you long for.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: #Amsabbaticaling2014 Big Plans and What I've Learned So Far

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

I've been on the all-writing-all-the-time (more or less) plan for almost a month now and here's what I've learned so far (with a bit about what I'm working on thrown in).

Parents of Addicts and Their Unexpected Change in Citizenship

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

Parents of children who suffer from addiction are a special group. They're members of a club nobody wants to be a member of. In this case, membership doesn't really have any privileges.

My Friend Thinks I Don't Work Because I'm a Writer

Mary Novaria | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Novaria

No, I don't punch a time clock, work on the assembly line or have a corner office. I may have the flexibility to run you to the airport, take my mother to the doctor, or babysit my sister's kid, but it's not because I don't work.

How Character Development IN 'Mad Men' Drives Conflict

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

As Mad Men nears the close of its final season's first half, much of the discussion surrounding it has morphed into a rhetorical echo chamber: Does it deserve the hype?

Tulips and Sex -- Writing As If Everyone I Know Were Dead

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.21.2014 | Women
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I want to write about tulips today. I don't want to write about sex. The trouble is, for me, writing about tulips means writing about sex: Something a...

World Vision: The Poor, the Gay, and the Wisdom of Solomon

Robert Hall | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Robert Hall

When we draw lines in the sand to separate us from other believers and from the poor we purport to serve, we are like two people on the side of a swimming pool fighting over doctrine while a child goes under for the third time.

Random Acts of Kindness

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.27.2014 | Good News
Fran Moreland Johns

One particularly gray day, the kind of day writers have when their brains fog over and their vocabularies vanish, I had an email from the irrepressibl...

How to Write About Yourself Without Being a Jerk

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

"What do you write about?" I'm often asked. The answer, um, is I, uh, write about myself, which automatically puts me in the company of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and others who exude the belief that their lives are of inherent interest to others.

One Stitch At a Time: Anne Lamott's Homespun Theology

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Like this startling world of ours, children don't always grow up the way you expect them to. Love and beauty have infinite forms.

'Please Join Me In Not Starting A Diet January 1st'

Posted 12.30.2013 | Women

Bestselling author Anne Lamott has a striking recommendation for anyone who has "lose weight" on their New Year's resolution list: Don't do it. I...

A Different Take on New Year's 'Intentions'

Donna Jean Freberg | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Jean Freberg

"Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." (Leonard Cohen) It ...

Find Your Writer's Voice in 2014

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 02.26.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

The scholarly and professional styles that earned you good grades and your way up the ladder won't win the hearts of readers of fiction or memoir. These readers are looking for the real deal. These readers want the feral you, the wild you that answers to no one.

How to Make the Most of Your Writing Retreat

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.11.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I love my husband, my house, my work, my kids. But, like most writers, I fantasize about a room of one's own, a place where the cell phone doesn't ring and nobody knocks on my door.

Meatless Monday: Hey, Thanks (I'm Talking to YOU)

Ellen Kanner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Lose the feeding frenzy aspect (please), and Thanksgiving is about creating celebration, togetherness, a sense that everything's going to be all right.

The Greatest Lesson Oprah Ever Learned About Saying Thank You

OWN | Posted 11.01.2013 | OWN

"Thank you." They're just two small words, but Oprah says she believes there is no better way to create abundance in your life than through being than...

WATCH: What Anne Lamott Says When She Talks To God

OWN | Posted 10.29.2013 | OWN

Author Anne Lamott is known for her books that delve into serious spiritual topics with warmth, honesty and her signature quirky sense of humor. In th...

Anne Lamott On What It Really Means To Hope

OWN | Posted 10.25.2013 | OWN

Anne Lamott, the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, joins Oprah on "Super Soul Sunday" this...

'Those Who Don't Believe in Magic Will Never Find It'

Pam Grout | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Pam Grout

My favorite thing in the whole world is miracles. Miracles are natural and normal and happen all the time... once we give up antiquated ways of thinking.

'Help, Thanks, Wow' And Amen

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Amen is a response to this lovely, messy life that yields moment after moment of wows -- moments that Abraham Joshua Heschel described as "radical amazement."

Anne Lamott on "Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers"

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 02.20.2013 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

In signature Anne Lamott style, this is a small, simple, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred guide to the only prayers that matter. The book is a must-read, a must-share, and the perfect gift for everyone this holiday season. For many people, it may be a life-changer.

Much Obliged: Why We (Should) Say Thank You

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

Everything we have is a gift, even the next breath we take. Recognizing and acknowledging the source of the gift doesn't make us dependent but reminds us that we are all interdependent.

How To Feel Truly Satisfied

Posted 11.14.2012 | OWN

By Anne Lamott My parents were about the pursuit of the so-called good life. When they fell in love after the war it was as intellectuals. This...