With 4,180 people now following Broadside, and 1,360 posts here to choose from,
— 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’re 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 make 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.
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:
Thank you for reading Broadside!