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Factual Error in The New Yorker: Is this how fake news starts?

Factual error in the New Yorker: I write this post not just for myself, but for all women whose ideas were misattributed to a man, and who were told to leave it be and not to rock the boat. My husband Sabin Howard is making a national memorial, the National World War I Memorial. He […]

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My friend’s grandson passed

Today was the memorial service for a dear friend’s infant grandson. There were photographs placed around the room in the funeral home. It was a room for congregating, with neat rows of chairs for the visitors and tissue boxes placed at strategic intervals. Mourning is excruciating anyway, but yoked to a child’s death, it is […]

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Tender Loving Care for a Marriage

Tender Loving Care for a Marriage Sabin and I came to a dark and stormy place in our marriage. That diction belies the fresh and cutting pain of such a place and time. When we both returned to the marriage, we sought help in putting things back together. There are books, websites, and videos that […]

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Returning to Source and Writing Again

Write again, they are telling me. You must write, Traci.  It’s the new theme: writing again. The past twelve months have been excruciating. I am struggling. It’s been a year of comings and goings from my life; intermittency like a suddenly thrown grenade blew up my peace of mind. It has been a year of […]

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Snooty Rich Women Are Everywhere, Including New Zealand

Snooty rich women are everywhere, including New Zealand Places change but people don’t. A recent trip to Wellington showed me the commonality of human traits, especially foibles. In a land where people pride themselves on being non-materialistic and friendly, I got to experience the same self-aggrandizing arrogance that I see in New York city. Here […]

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On Love

On Love Of late, I think about love. The nature and meaning of love, the kinds of love. References to love abound in our culture. Mostly those references concern romantic love. If you play American music, you will hear all manner of songs about romance, its thrills and heartaches. Other shades of love, like agape […]

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Marriage and Family are Real: Marriage and Family are Love

Marriage and Family are Real: Marriage and Family are Love (reprise of a Facebook Post I wrote)   This is our family. We’ve gone to see the Tree at the Met for nearly 2 decades. It’s love. Family is love, and it is everything. Family is real. Family radiates from a marriage. Marriage is love, […]

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Great New Video for THE YEAR OF LOVING

There’s a great new video for THE YEAR OF LOVING. Book trailers are a thing. They’re supposed to tease and intrigue the viewer, so the viewer wants to buy the book. They should also entertain and perhaps explain a little bit. I made this one, and I had a lot of fun. I hope you […]

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From HuffPo: Review of ADDicted, A Sensitive Film About Adderall Abuse

This is my review of ADDicted, first posted on the Huffington Post. In the way that synchronicity happens, I received an email about the film ADDicted one week after my middle daughter and I had discussed “performance enhancing drugs.” My beautiful daughter, who is now a straight A student at college, was diagnosed with a […]

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From the HuffPo: Review of HEAL Documentary

This is a recent piece on the HuffPo, a review of the HEAL Documentary by Kelly Noonan Gores When I was 15 or 16, I developed asthma. My mother took me to a doctor who duly prescribed medication. I took the medication for a few days. I hated it. The drug made my insides race. […]

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The Oceana Beach Club Hotel: A Review

The Oceana Beach Club Hotel in Santa Monica Never before have I posted a review of a hotel on my personal blog. But I had such an enchanting experience at the beautiful Oceana Beach Club Hotel in Santa Monica that I decided to write about it. Please note: I have in no way been compensated […]

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Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels.