Caution: Graduation Season Ahead

Words of wisdom from Siren Susan Lilley, who is a professor and an English teacher at a prep school. Susan’s work is always an interesting read, whether her topic applies to directly to you or not. And it applies to me. My youngest, Laureli, not only turned down a full ride to Smith, which devastated me, but she also quit college after her first year– stomping my lifelong dreams for her into the ground.
“Everyone wants to imagine that their child will LOVE college life and everything will fall into place. But about half the time, that dreamy dream does not play out. And really, how could it? Despite a carefully considered decision, these kids are still very plastic, forming creatures according to brain development experts. So here are a few hard but true things to keep in mind as you get ready to shove your golden young bird out of the nest.”

Letters to Colin Firth

Katie Riegel has a magical voice AND a heavy crush on Colin Firth, which make her “Letters to Colin Firth” a must-read for anyone who even remotely adores him. #colinfirth #thegloriasirens

A taste: “Corresponding is like walking a dirt path through the forest and knowing there will be others on that same path getting mud on their sneakers or whistling or stubbing toes on arthritic roots. Maybe we’re not walking side by side, mingling sweat when our arms touch, but we’re walking through the ghosts of each other and hearing the same birds.”

In the Media: 5th April 2015

It’s nice to be recognized– this time, for my post, “Will the Real Cheryl Strayed Please Stand Up?”

The Writes of Woman

In the media is a weekly round-up of features written by, about or containing female writers that have appeared during the previous week and I think are insightful, interesting and/or thought provoking. Linking to them is not necessarily a sign that I agree with everything that’s said but it’s definitely an indication that they’ve made me think. Also, just a note to make it clear that I’m using the term ‘media’ to include social media, so links to blog posts as well as traditional media are likely.

As In the Media seems to be growing by the week, I’ve divided it into more categories. Comments welcome on what you think of the change and whether you’d prefer different/more section headings.

The big news this week is the launch of The Pool, a free, online resource written by women, for women. Writer and broadcaster, Lauren Laverne and writer and former…

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