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Archive for January, 2013
Angels on Willamette
Angels on Willamette

Yesterday I was visited by angels. I really believe that. There I was in Portland planning to swim down the Willamette River, which was nearly frozen, to Powell’s Books. Partly, it was a publicity stunt. Partly I just love adventures. Anyway, I was nervous about the swim because of the cold (39 F) and the […]

Let’s Run Through Fear
Let’s Run Through Fear

Hello from the beautiful (chilly) Northwest! I’m up here for some Fear Project events at Powell’s in Portland (Sunday, 7:30 PM) and Elliot Bay Book Co. in Seattle (Monday, 7 PM). It’s already a blast. I’m spending the day running around to TV and radio interviews while sampling Portland’s best coffee (listen for me talking […]

Love Over Fear: A Biological Truth
Love Over Fear: A Biological Truth

“Writer’s block sucks,” my friend Jerusha, a novelist, told me while we drank coffee at Four Barrel, one of San Francisco’s coffee houses that makes you feel out of touch for not having a beard and tight cut offs. “I just feel paralyzed.” Having suffered writer’s block myself, I nodded, guzzled down my double latte, […]

Thank You!
Thank You!

Yesterday was one of the most amazing days of my life. Watching the sunset behind our beautiful city as Jamie Patrick and I swam across the bay — elephant seals gliding beneath, helicopters above — goes beyond words. Thank you so much to Jamie for putting together this memento of the swim. Thank you to […]

Fear Project Launch Day Giveaway
Fear Project Launch Day Giveaway

After 3 years of obsessing about how humans can master our fears, I’m so ecstatic to announce that today is launch day for The Fear Project. I’m also nervous. Like every writer, I want the book to do well. And as I learned reporting this book, the best way to make your greatest fears work […]

Bend Not Break in 2013
Bend Not Break in 2013

Recent brain-imagery research has shown that when we read or watch a compelling story, our brains go through a similar process to the characters in that tale.  That’s part of why I decided to put my own adventures into The Fear Project, and it’s also why I highly recommend the new memoir, Bend Not Break: […]