Jane Friedman (1994)

The Art of Losing Things Isn’t Hard to Master

I am very careless with my belongings. This past week, when I flew to NYC for Digital Book World, I
Downtown Cincinnati Demolition

Why People Stay at (or Leave) Their Jobs

No talented person stays at a company for a paycheck or a sense of security. Talented people stay because they
Patterns

Reading Notebook #5: Life Patterns & Something Out There

From "The Secret Cycle" by Nick Paumgarten, in The New Yorker (October 12, 2009) And yet patterns exist, and we
Jane at AWP 2009

What Does a Brand Manager (or Community Leader) Do?

I'm often asked what my job at Writer's Digest encompasses, or what my typical day is like. My official title
Bog Myrtle Leaves

Bog Myrtle Beer & Irish Coffee Recipes

Upon arrival at the Irish farm in Kilgarvan, a bottle of homemade bog myrtle beer was waiting in the kitchen,
12 Actions and 12 Diversions

12 Self-Creating Actions and 12 Preoccupational Diversions

[Click here for full-size image.] On the last page of my 2009 Museum of Lost Wonder calendar, I found the
Amelia Earhart

Reading Notebook #4: Not to Endure Even an Attractive Cage

From the New Yorker article on Amelia Earhart by Judith Thurman (September 14, 2009) [From Earhart's letter to her husband
Inis Meain

Ireland 2009: All Experience Is an Arch

I returned home Monday night from a 3-week holiday in Ireland. (Read previous entries on this trip here and here.)
Michel de Montaigne

Reading Notebook #3: I Distrust My Thoughts

Snippets from "The Life and Essays of Michel de Montaigne" by Jane Kramer, in the September 7, 2009, issue of
Art of Possibility

Reading Notebook #2: Invent a Story That Enhances Your Life

Snippets from The Art of Possibility by Benjamin & Rosamund Zander.(See a really cool TED talk by Benjamin Zander.) It's
Top 10 Moments on Inis Meain

Top 10 Moments on Inis Meain

1. Arrive at cottage late at night. The only heat source is the small stove in the living room. Unable
Reading Notebook #1: You Can Write Well & Behave Badly

Reading Notebook #1: You Can Write Well & Behave Badly

From "Slang-Whanger" by Arthur Krystal in New Yorker (May 18, 2009) We don't for a moment believe that Hazlitt is
Immigration Officers and the Meaning of Existence

Immigration Officers and the Meaning of Existence

I wasn't expecting trouble when I passed through immigration at the Dublin airport. I'm American, I'm privileged, and I look
Stone Shed in Ireland

My First Post (From Ireland)

On December 16, I left the United States for a 2-week vacation in Ireland. A key objective while I'm here