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Anne Lamott

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

Mary Novaria | Posted 07.18.2014 | 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...

Brave Enough to Tackle the Motherhood Uglies

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 10.23.2012 | Parents
Randy Susan Meyers

All of us mothers owe a debt to those willing to take on the mother uglies. Keeps a grown woman from crying sometimes. Sometimes it feels like we have someone to cry with. And it gives a mother a friend in the dark of night.

10 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Life

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.05.2012 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

I'm just an ordinary person who couldn't sit still for an hour when she first signed up for a Vipassana retreat yet has benefitted tremendously from the simple and challenging practice.

Anne Lamott: The Moment I Knew I Was Really A Parent

Posted 03.20.2012 | Parents

While some parenting books offer preachy "mean girl" advice, Anne Lamott's "Operating Instructions" has become a shining example of a memoir about mot...

Anne Lamott, On Parenting, Grandparenting and The Secret To Keeping Your Mouth Shut

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.20.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Reading Anne's books feels like talking to her. Talking to her, it turns out, feels a lot like reading her books -- which are about parenting, faith, writing, love and loss. It isn't happenstance that these all intertwine in her writing, she told us, because they are all braided up in her life as well.

Books I've Loved and Lost

Allison Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Allison Hill

Will printed books cease to exist? I honestly don't know the answer. But I know that I miss the books I've lost along the way, the physical books with their notes, underlinings and associations.