Thank you! Merci! Gracias! Danke!

With 4,180 people now following Broadside, and 1,360 posts here to choose from,

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Readers include:

— a tour guide in Ghana

— a medical student in Lebanon

— a journalism student in New Zealand

— a Toronto interior designer

— a translator in Berlin

— a mother-of-six in Australia

— an American father-of-five

— a Canadian woman living and working on a remote Australian sheep farm

— a Manhattan cinematographer

— a high school student in Paris (salut Hanae!)

I enjoy this diversity — although it’s tough to satisfy all of you!

I began my career when I was 17, when I sold three photos as the cover of a magazine in Toronto, so you’ll find posts about how to freelance and how to find work and how to deal with it once you’ve got it.

Many of you, like me, have traveled widely, and/or are currently, or hope to be, or have been ex-patriates. We’reΒ  people who share a deep curiosity about the rest of the world and have explored it firsthand. My second husband is both American born, and of Hispanic (Mexican) heritage, so I also live some of these cross-cultural challenges in our marriage.

Some of the things I blog about:

How to live an ethical life?

What are our best “next steps”? And what will we do if they don’t work out?

What contributions, paid or volunteer, can we make to the world?

How can we and our families live (well) in a time of income inequality and restricted access to good jobs?

Can I really produce art — writing, music, dance, design, film, video — that touches people? How?

What drives creativity?

What does it take to makeΒ  friendship, family or marriage thrive, or wither?

What is success and (how) can I achieve it?

Making a home beautiful — on a budget!

As a twice-married Canadian who has lived in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, London, Paris, New Hampshire, Cuernavaca, Mexico and now suburban New York, I know we each see the world through glasses colored by race, gender, sexual preference, education, socioeconomic class, nationality and religion, (or none), just to name a few.

Toronto Skyline
Toronto Skyline (Photo credit: Bobolink)

I earn my living, and have since my undergrad years at the University of Toronto, as a writer of journalism and non-fiction. I’ve worked as a reporter for three major daily newspapers, most recently the New York Daily News. I write often for The New York Times, with five business features for them in the past year, with two more to come.

I’m also the author of two well-reviewed non-fiction books, so if you haven’t checked them out, I hope you will. My newest, “Malled”, a memoir of working retail and an expose of low-wage labor in the U. S., is being published in China in June. I’m excited!

I won my National Magazine Award for a humor essay about getting divorced — that’s fairly typical for me. Life’s too short for constant draaaaaaama, and panicking — as they taught us in lifeguard school — usually just kills you faster.

I began writing Broadside in July 2009. Please take some time to roam around the archives.

Here are some of my favorite posts, all from 2009:

Why I read obituaries, and you should too.

— How summer camp changed my life.

— Why being a journalist feels like joining a tribe (in a good way!)

— What it feels like to try to sell your non-fiction book (it sold!)

Thank you for reading Broadside!

I'm Caitlin Kelly, author here.
I’m Caitlin Kelly, author here.

26 thoughts on “Thank you! Merci! Gracias! Danke!

  1. Here’s to many more milestones for Broadside!!!

    Your husband’s country of birth is magical. I’ve been here for 2 months. I leave in a few days for Nuevo Mexico and I don’t want to. Have only been in the federal capital so far, and I am having a seriously hard time not gushing about it on the blog. Mexico es mΓ‘gico. Verdad.

    Oh and that letter is finally on its way πŸ™‚

  2. I am SO envious. I am dying to return to Mexico but he’s so freaked out by the narcoterrorism. You needed to see a lot more — like my old haunts, Cuernavaca, which is only about a 90 min. bus trip away!

    1. I’m coming back at the end of the year, funds permitting. Oaxaca is a must, yes Cuernacava, the Yucatan. Being born on Dias de los Muertos is apparently a very good thing here, so I figure the writing’s on the wall πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you! for consistent, excellent, interesting posts. πŸ™‚ Wishing you many more wonderful milestones, in the Broadside Blog and the many other areas of your life πŸ™‚

      1. πŸ™‚ I’m around, but spending a lot less time cruising online. I’ve been sticking to a writing schedule as much as possible. I swear, my days are disappearing with every blink.

        I hope you’re well πŸ™‚

  4. Nemesis

    You’re the GenuineArticle, Ms. Malled. A RealTrouper*. I’m so proud of you.

    [NoteToMs.Malled: I don’t always read the GirlyPieces… I think it’s because I’m secretly afraid that I’ll start having those embarassing HelenReddy NightSweats again…]

  5. Really glad I found you somehow on wordpress. And I have read your articles in the NYT before this blog. Interesting that you are an ex-pat Canadian; I am as well and grew up very near Toronto. A lot of Canadians end up down here in the U.S. and it certainly gives us a stand-back perspective of their ways and our ways. Congratulations on all of your achievements.

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