Thanksgiving 2008 will always be remembered by my family as the year my grandmother brought a stomach bug to dinner.

Mammam Edie was a lovable curmudgeon. None of us — her children or grandchildren — ever had any doubt she loved us, but often her affection took the form of…


Simple Ways to Have a Better Day

I’m a teacher. It was the last weekend of summer, and I was headed back to school. I love my job, and I don’t usually mind the end of the summer. Usually by then I’m ready for structure, routine, and social interaction. Last…


This feminist has a confession to make: In the 2016 Democratic primaries, I supported Bernie Sanders. As eager as I was — and still am — to see a woman elected president, Sanders’s progressive policies were far more aligned with my beliefs than Clinton’s. My feminist dream was in conflict…


“Intersections” is a publication that grew out of “Yoga Stories,” a yoga and writing workshop at Union Street Yoga in Worcester, MA. The yoga practice is led by Heidi Chase, and the writing practice is led by Diane Mulligan.

This is how Heidi describes the series:

The Yoga Stories workshop…


A view of the US-Mexico border

There. I said it. From one well-meaning white lady to another, I feel bad for you, Jeanine.

It’s saying a lot that I feel bad for Cummins, given that in general when I see an author with a runaway, smash hit, all I feel is writerly envy and a sincere…


It was a beautiful fall day. Or maybe spring. Maybe it wasn’t beautiful; maybe it was raining. She wasn’t wearing a jacket, so it must not have been very cold, but she knows she was wearing jeans and her favorite, pale pink, mock turtleneck, so it wasn’t summer. Her hair…


“Desk at night” by El Villano is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

I was doing that most time-sucking of all activities earlier today — scrolling through Facebook — and I saw a post about self-publishing in one of my groups. The poster wondered what the group thought about self-publishing. …


This week I had the privilege of attending the International Boys’ Schools Coalition annual conference. The topic of the conference was the arts. How can we engage boys in the arts and integrate the arts meaningfully into our students’ experiences to help them succeed personally, academically, socially, and emotionally? …


Last week I turned forty. I still do not know how I feel about that. I don’t know if I feel forty, because I don’t know what forty feels like. Most people tell me I don’t look forty, which is nice. …


“Game of Thrones Sigils” by Jig Ignacio is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Contains spoilers galore. You’ve been warned.

Last night Game of Thrones came to an end in a spectacular display of anticlimax. Everyone got what they wanted way back in season one. The Starks rule the day. So why is everyone disappointed?

The writers of Game of Thrones had an impossible…

Diane Vanaskie Mulligan

novelist, teacher, sourdough enthusiast, dog-lover, folkie and a whole bunch of other things, too.

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