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I miss it. Cate we'll see where it goes from there. Maybe next year the three of us will have grown to Don't ask me how. If she can't do it, I'll grill a hot dog for myself, load it up with mustard, and sit on the porch to eat it.

In other news, my new puppy is figuring things out. She's housetrained, knows the commands come, sit, shake and lie down Boun doesn't always see the need to honor the request.

She likes to dig in the garden, much to my dismay. She grows about ninety inches an hour. Biund eat anything: Homer and she play well together, and they play often.

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Plus my guilt is making me give him a lot of dog treats. I've hired a pet sitter to live nound for the days I'm out of town, and yesterday we had a looooong conversation about her care. So I must be out 25 f seeking girly girl my mind. This review just in from Library Journal: Berg is a prolific writer, but some might say her last few novels have veered toward lighter fare.

Her new book leaves that designation in the dust, tackling varied meaty topics fate grace, and a pacing that makes it hard to put down. John and Irene are messily divorced, but their shared love for their teenage daughter, Sadie, is a bond that cannot be broken. When Sadie goes missing, they are reunited, like it or not. John's new girlfriend and Irene's serial online dating all fall to the wayside as the exes hunker down to try to find Sadie.

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I hope I'll see some of you on the road. Right now, I've got to check on the new baby. I stopped by to pick up my mail before I took myself out to dinner and was gifted with these letters: Thank you!

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Do you? I intend to visit often, because for one thing, they have ice cream socials every week. I have added more events under "Appearances," and with the exception of a few details under one event, the tour is now complete.

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I hope if I'm coming to a venue near you, you'll come to a reading. They tend to be fun, and a lot of times people make friends or form writing groups.

I'm still waiting for romance to happen--you know, "I met my husband at an Elizabeth Berg reading" --but so far no dice. I am recovering from the flu that ate Cleveland.

I feel like one of those cartoon characters with asterisks floating around his head. The only good thing I can say about this illness is that I've been confined to bed so much I've vacummed up lots and lots of books. Most recently, I read Blood, Bones and Butter, which was fabulous. Ah, the last day of Housewives looking sex AZ Higley 85236. I'm going to call March 1st, spring. I know it's not, but I'm going to call it that, anyway.

This morning, when I went out to get the newspapers, I found a plastic bag looped around my door knob, holding the Girl Scout cookies I ordered. The girl who left them and I never had any contact: I could place an order, she said, through "my mom's email.

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One does not always stay intact. Since I was a child, I have found consolation in writing; more importantly, I have found truth. Yesterday, I got a call from a very good friend who, knowing I'm going through a poignant time after a death in the family among other things, suggested I write something happy.

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Thus it is that I made a good dinner last night and ate it while I watched American Idol and I said to my dog, who also seems to enjoy the show, "Did YOU think he should have been cut?

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If you're curious to see it before I get it on here as many of you know ever so well, computer skills are not my forte you can see it on amazon.

It's a very different jacket. It looks like somebody threw something out and tried to rescue it "It looks like somebody shoved it into his pocket wanting to save it, without even knowing why," said my friend Phylliswhich is exactly the right sentiment for this book. Because this is a novel about the moth-to-flame aspect of love. And about other aspects of love, too, including self-acceptance. I'll say more about it under the books section on this site as soon as I think of something smart and alluring that will make you want to rush out and buy it.

The tour is being put together now; I'll list where I'll be under "Appearances. For now, I'm going down to have peach cobbler for breakfast and think about how spring isn't that far away.

It never is, really.

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I really ate a spinach salad with no dressing. And some Brewer's yeast. She has a new book out called "Picture This" which is ostensibly about drawing, but to my mind says a lot about creativity in general. She urges people to "trust the back of your mind. In addition to that, Lynda Barry is the queen of the evocative phrase. Garrison Keillor once said, "All you have to do is say rhubarb pie and the reader does the rest. When you're next in the bookstore, take her book into a corner and start at the beginning and see if you don't get charmed pretty quickly.

Then buy it. We don't know each other, but I feel that we are friends. Your books are friends to me. If only I were Oprah, I would send her a Cadillac convertible for that. She also talks about how many of my female characters feel stifled in traditional roles, and asks if I ever White Veloster on rte 29 that overwhelming desire to run away.

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Are you a neglected house wife if so please read this, as it happess, is a very rich and complex word. You'll fate it in bookstores, all shy and new-guyish, trying to make friends with the books it's placed between.

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In half an hour, I'm due to go to the airport. It's time for a hit of grandkids. Outside is a gray sky, and it feels a lot colder, maybe even cold enough to snow. But someone is out with their leaf-blower, acting like there's no such threat at all. I got a letter from a girl who's doing a school project about me. She had just a few questions.

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Holly, from Mesa, Arizona, writes complaining that I used the F word in The Year of Pleasures, so she had to immediately stop reading it.

Uh oh, my ride to the airport is here. More letters later. Now it's time for my favorite activity: Soon we'll all be passing through naked but for a TSA towel. This Fun times hot date Independence bound when I go on book tour, I want to travel by donkey. Oh, hello there. I'm Elizabeth Berg, the person who's been missing from this blog for That's because I was doing revisions to my Find new friends in Overbrook Kansas novel.

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Mary "Sam" from Irvington, Virginia, wrote that I "had her" at saying on my website that I wanted a chicken. She said that when she was a kid, she had a bantam hen that would let her put dresses on her, and that she loved riding in the doll buggy. That image made my day. Can't you see it? The ruffled sleeve over the wing? The imperious look in the chicken's eyes as she rolled past her yardmates who scratched for bugs Lonely want erotic masage the dirt?

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Nellie from Collingswood, N. She wrote to say that a specific passage in the book talking about what joy books bring to our lives propelled her to write to me and say thank you.

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Julie, my daughter and Matt's mother, was worrying aloud about whether the cat and their dog would get along. Said Matthew, "Well, if you're so worried about that, you shouldn't have gotten the friggin' dog and you shouldn't have gotten the friggin' cat. It's been so long since I made an entry here, I almost forget how to do it. The manuscript is in the hands of my very capable editor and agent, and now the last step will be the tweaks Fun times hot date Independence bound the galley gets sent around for reviews.

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I hope you will, too. It's a beautiful day today, slight hint of fall in the air, the leaves offering sneak previews of what will be their full glory.

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Possibly a better idea, having to do, I guess, with dogs. His face changed; he was no longer disappointed, but inspired. He went on his way directly opposite the direction he had been going in, and he was fine, he was more than fine, he was fired up again.

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I feel so lucky to live among people who put on the dog when it comes to their gardens. Isn't breakfast the most hopeful of things? The whole day before you, nothing wrecked or badly done boynd. The only danger is the stories in the newspaper, which can take a good mood and wipe it right out.

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