“Maybe the trick is for me to always be in some sort of disguise, to always be dressed to play someone else. Only then can I really appreciate myself.” ~Franny Banks in SOMEDAY,SOMEDAY,MAYBE by Lauren Graham   Approval can be a tricky thing. There are moments in my life when I feel unquestionably comfortable in my own skin, when it’s easy to appreciate myself. Like hanging out with my husband and kids. Writing. Chatting with my sister. Open road, open hearts.  … Read more »

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a dean of admissions from the University of Virginia speak on the dreaded subject of the college essay. The gist of his speech?  Be the best YOU. He said, every year he reads countless essays from prospective applicants trying to be who they think UVA wants them to be. Topics like, Thomas Jefferson is my role model. The Louisiana Purchase and me. Why I Believe the Declaration of Independence Rocks! And countless other… Read more »

  “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  ~C.S. Lewis When I was a teenager I dreamed big. In one of my diaries I wrote in detail about my future house and backyard:  “537 acres” complete with a “show barn and stables.” I also wrote that I wanted to be a YA novelist and a big time screenwriter (obviously I would need two jobs to afford that kind of acreage, especially with… Read more »