Category Archives: Writing

Poem for My Mother

I’d been wanting to write a thank-you note to my mom. I guess this poem is it. Poem for Her by Donna Trussell I wish I could see myself through the eyes of the child I never had. The wrinkles … Continue reading

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh: She Married Adventure, and Grief

I just finished “Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead,” Anne Morrow Lindbergh‘s collection of diary entries and letters. Lindbergh was such a graceful writer, and yet today she’s remembered more for her marriage to aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh than for her … Continue reading

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He Hates His Job

Late last night, I came across a post in Salon’s advice column Since You Asked: I’m a successful book editor but I hate my job. The subhead: My wife is leaving me but I can’t feel anything. I’m depressed. My … Continue reading

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A Teenage Girl, Truman Capote, Two Killers and a Full Moon

If Nancy Clutter had survived, she would be 67 years old. But on Nov. 15, 1959, she was murdered in her family’s farmhouse near Holcomb, Kansas, along with her mother, father and 15-year-old brother. Six more years would pass before … Continue reading

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Eat, Pray, Love. Write, Sell, Repeat.

There’s a new Julia Roberts movie, based on the 2006 bestseller by Elizabeth Gilbert, and we here at Woman Up are on the case. My friend and editor Melinda Henneberger cautions, If Your Husband Invites You to See ‘Eat Pray … Continue reading

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Choosing Children: A Huge Investment in a Perilous World

Kids. Are they bundles of joy? Or crippling burdens? A trip to the mall will remind anyone that it depends on the parent and depends on the kid. However, a headline like that is not going sell papers. Despite the … Continue reading

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Turns 50, but Where Is Harper Lee?

This summer America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but don’t count on an appearance by the reclusive author, 84-year-old Harper Lee of Monroeville, Alabama. She hasn’t granted an interview since 1964. She never … Continue reading

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