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For Margot

My friend Margot lost her fight to breast cancer last weekend. We weren’t currently in touch, and I won’t claim we were best friends, but Margot was one of those souls who made an impact on people. I am no exception. The last time I heard from her was in December. The cancer was in…
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On Celebrating Progress

  A couple weeks ago, I surveyed the backyard, notepad in hand. I had written a list of 27 things that needed to get done in and outside the house, and I was adding more. THERE’S SO MUCH WE HAVEN’T DONE. I felt myself getting angry. I have this vision of how I want our…
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Magical Moments on a Park Swing, or Why My Memoir is a Coming-of-age Story

Do you remember adolescence? You remember the angst, probably. You remember the awkwardness, the unrequited love, the rage you felt toward your parents, the acne. But do you remember those crazy beautiful moments? How all it took to feel like you were at the edge of the world was the right song on the radio,…
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"I Need You To Believe Me"

I had to apologize for something this weekend, and I HATE apologizing. Probably not much more than you do, but maybe a tiny bit more. I really, really enjoy being right. Getting to say the words “I told you so” (or even more satisfying, implying the words with tone and a sigh) fill my heart with…
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Dear Artists, Today is Not the Day to Quit

A little more than two years ago, I began writing my first book. It started with a single Word doc titled “Book” that I’d type notes in on the weekends. I’ve wanted to write books since I was old enough to staple lined paper together. I’d fill those pages with stories about my stuffed cow…
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Look out, it's a pregnant lady who doesn't hate her body!!! Part 1

About a month ago, I lay in bed, my bulged out eyes darting around my dark bedroom. Last time I checked the clock it was 3:30 a.m., and now birds were starting to chirp their morning songs. My husband’s alarm went off and he pressed snooze. I groaned, flipped over for the gazillionth time and…
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The Books of 2015

  It’s here! The highly anticipated (see: not anticipated at all) Carly Gelsinger reading list. This is everything I can remember reading in 2015, packed into a concise list for your enjoyment or disdain. It’s interesting to me why we read what we read when we do. Looking back, I didn’t read the things I…
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On Dad Discrimination and Equal Parenting

I would like to squash a stereotype with you today please. But first let me tell you a story. Last night, Joe got home from work at 6 p.m. Georgie greeted him at the door, excited to show him the new paints I bought her that morning. Joe ran to the bedroom to change out…
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Drinking Culture and Alcoholism

A photo posted by @cargelly on Nov 14, 2014 at 5:55pm PST I’ve been thinking about booze lately. I love wine. I’m not a wine expert and I don’t have expensive taste. But I love the way a full-bodied Cabernet dries the roof of my mouth and warms my throat going down. I love supporting…
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Drinking Culture and Alcoholism

A photo posted by @cargelly on Nov 14, 2014 at 5:55pm PST I’ve been thinking about booze lately. I love wine. I’m not a wine expert and I don’t have expensive taste. But I love the way a full-bodied Cabernet dries the roof of my mouth and warms my throat going down. I love supporting…
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