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Mother, Writer, Monster, Maid

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Recently, I was in New York City to do some publicity, and I was staying in a Holiday Inn in the Gowanus Canal of Brooklyn where the elevator shook and moaned every time we went to our tenth floor room as though the shaft were too small and the elevator was just barely squeezing through.

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The Voice

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Whitney Elizabeth Houston died on February 11, four years ago. It was a Saturday, the night before the Grammy Awards, the weekend before Valentine’s Day. I was sitting on the red sofa in my first Brooklyn apartment procrastinating on a work assignment with a glass of white wine and hurt feelings about a romantic problem that often distracted me.

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Superdonor

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Egg donation is nobody’s first choice. In a plush, glass-walled conference room in a Charleston hotel, a leading reproductive endocrinologist from South Carolina is illustrating as much.

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Homage to Nepal

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This morning, a 7.3 temblor rattled the already-ravaged nation of Nepal. More buildings have crumbled; more lives have been lost in the rubble and…

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Unprepared in Appalachia

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When I was a freshman in college, I joined a Christian community service mission called Project Appalachia. I’d never done anything like this before, and I never have again, but my personality felt newly changeable…

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