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In Praise of Difficult Women: A Curated List of Reviews

In Praise of Difficult Women

On February 26, 2018, I published In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules. It was a surreal experience: because it was published smack in the middle of #timesup and #metoo, the general assumption was that I’d NaNoWiMoed out a 352-page book about the lives of 29 women sometime around the time Oprah gave her very presidential-sounding speech on the Golden Globes on January 7. Of course, no one really thought I whipped out the book in a month. ...

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Dan Berne Is a Guest at the Return to the Tactile Workshop in Collioure!

Sunset over Collioure

Joining us in Collioure this September – my dear friend and citizen of Karbohemia, Dan Berne! Dan is a talented novelist and poet, and devotee of this unique part of southern France. He knows first-hand how this place works magic on body, soul, and creative spirit. His writing is steeped in the tactile. Dan is a master at using the environment and physical body to shape a character and her world view, and a page-turning plot. Dan Berne's novel "The Gods of Second Chances has been called a ...

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Karen Karbo’s Writing Retreat in Collioure, France Announces our Chef, Emily Park

I am so excited to announce Emily Park as our retreat chef October 1 - 6 in Collioure, France. Emily is a Portland, Oregon–based chef with a deep interest in local, seasonal cooking and artisan bread making. She is one of two chef-owners of the Meadowlark supper club, hosting bimonthly pop-up dinners around Portland since 2014. Her full bio is below. The Return to the Tactile Retreat is an invitation to literally stop and smell the roses. Come to Karbohemia (in Collioure, France) to ...

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Return to the Tactile: Collioure, France

My shift away from the tactile, from enjoying the simple pleasures of having a healthy human body with five working senses, began with sunscreen. Did you think I was going to blame the rise in my addiction to those other, ubiquitous screens? I am. In a minute. I was a Southern Californian beach girl until my mid-20s. An ocean-loving, body-surfing, Bain de Soleil-slathering on person with beach tar on my feet and hair that turned orange in the sun. Then, in the late 70s, came SPF, along ...

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