The Sharpened Quill
- Tarrytown, NY, USA
- December 31
- non-fiction author/speaker/consultant
Author "Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail" (Portfolio, April 2011), deemed "an excellent memoir" by Entertainment Weekly. Out in paperback July 31, 2012.
I also edit other writers' work -- everything from thrillers to business books. Email me for hourly rates; references available.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Have We Lost The Art Of
May 11, 2012 09:30AM
- Ten warning signs you're an
April 21, 2012 08:09AM
- An ordinary woman's death --
March 19, 2012 10:47PM
- Three Journalists Dead in One
Week in Syria: Who's Next?
February 25, 2012 03:55PM
- Healing the heart as well as
February 14, 2012 08:16AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thanks for weighing
in....listening carefully in
an era of
total and constant
May 11, 2012 03:12PM
- “skypixie, your comment
is inaccurate. I'm neither
class, American or
April 22, 2012 02:00AM
- “jackie2, of course. It's
this is also on our to-do
April 21, 2012 09:41PM
- “I think we face a lot of
these milestones alone, or
spouse or maybe some
April 21, 2012 09:11PM
April 21, 2012 07:32PM
Caitlin Kelly's Links
- MY LINKS
This recent think-piece in The New York Times argues that we have:
At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. At work executives text during board meetings. We text (and shop and go on Facebook) during classes and when we’re on dates...
We’ve become accustomed… Read full post »
We all know the standard metrics: graduate college, grad school, marry, have kids, acquire property and a vehicle.
I never had kids, so that typical dividing line into Maturity escaped me.
But for… Read full post »
One of my close friends works at The Toronto Star, and tipped me off to this extraordinary piece of journalism, about a single, childless, non-celebrity 55-year-old Toronto woman named Shelagh Gordon.
The story came about the way the very best stories often do, when a reporter's curiosity was pique… Read full post »
Here we go again.
This time it is Marie Colvin, a woman in her 50s -- both highly unusual features for a war correspondent -- who has died while covering the uprising in Syria. She was killed with a French photographer, Remi Ochlik, when the house they were… Read full post »
Havinghad my left hip replaced a week ago, a few thoughts on the inner healing required...
One of the most essential elements of healing a body that has been injured, damaged or ill is to soothe and comfort the psyche, the soul of the person whose corporeal armor… Read full post »
What struck me was that both Rex and the attorney had delivered ill-timed, emotionally charged information,… Read full post »
I'm sitting right beside our tree as I type this and ooooh it makes me happy!
I love the smell and the temporary presence of a green, tall visitor in the corner. Sitting at the very top are two small bears, one white and… Read full post »
I think "success" -- beyond the standard metrics of a particular SAT score or getting into the college or grad school of your choice, or winning the game -- is much less linear than we like to think. (Or wish it were.)
My theory? Like opening a safe,… Read full post »
I think courage is, these days, an under-rated quality.
People who encourage us aren't merely hissing "Great job!" for every breath we take.
When we truly need to find our inner strength, we need someone to encourage us -- to breathe some of that holy fire into… Read full post »
Great essay in the Canadian national newspaper, The Globe and Mail:
For many Americans, the recession began well before 2007, and it’s far from over. It’s become a lost decade of fading opportunity for workers, longer and more frequent bouts of joblessness and declining family income… Read full post »
If there's a phrase that sets my teeth on edge, it's this one:
"But I played by the rules."
This week the world, literally, mourned the untimely death of someone who broke just about any rule he encountered, Apple founder Steve Jobs.
It's so cute when young 'uns discover that old folks, (those of us over 40), actually, you know, exist.
From a recent Styles section story in The New York Times , (by my fellow former True/Slant blogger Austin Considine), about a young man, Ari Seth Cohen, whose photographs celebrate elegant and… Read full post »
I've wasted a lot of my life chasing things that weren't there for the capturing -- men, jobs, ideas, friends, affection from the wrong people, approval or admiration from those who were happier forgetting my existence.
I suspect I am not alone in my quixotic quest.
There's… Read full post »
There are kids going to college who have no idea how to ---- change a lightbulb?
According to this recent piece in The New York Times, possibly not:
I will end with a bunch of random, yet helpful, tips garnered from a variety… Read full post »
The visual Niagara has begun.
My latest copy of New York magazine arrived, its cover a color photo of the dust cloud after the fall of the Twin Towers. Inside, it offers an alphabet (!?) of all things 9/11, from three men named Michael Lynch who died… Read full post »
If you're fortunate enough to have a steady paid income -- and millions of Americans this year do not -- you are likely enjoying a holiday for Labor Day.
It's an odd word, labor, as we now speak more frequently of work, off-shoring, out-sourcing, downsizing, right-sizing or,… Read full post »
His garage was two doors from mine, holding a red mid-size car. He was not a happy man, rarely smiling. His wife was frail. When we passed one another in the hallway or driveway, he almost never said hello.
Last week he came home from work feeling faint. Then… Read full post »
When your books start heading out into the wider world -- bought (paid for!) by libraries, schools and civilians -- it's hard not to be intensely curious about just who these people are.
I love to putter, paint, make things, design and build bookshelves and windowboxes, find antique frames to hold my drawings and photos.
For me, home is truly where the heart is. When it's calm, clean and pretty, my world is complete.
I planned to leave journalism in… Read full post »
Spending nine days at a Buddhist retreat where the only speech allowed is when we question the lamas and teachers. Otherwise, we are spending the time in what is called Noble Silence.
This is what I hear:
The humming of fans
Kids' shouting and laughter from the nearby park… Read full post »
It takes a lot to shock New York, but the city and its suburbs are gasping this week in shock, horror and fear at the death and dismemberment of Leiby Kletzky, an eight-year-old boy kidnapped while walking home -- for the first time -- from day camp.
From… Read full post »
I listen to NPR every day -- and they're running a lovely series called Summer Sounds. The one I heard yesterday was "screen door slamming." So true!
Others have included golf, a steel drum and firecrackers.
Some of mine include:
The clang-clang-clang of a metal halyard against… Read full post »
Ah-nuld. DSK. Weiner.
What a sad, stupid, nasty trio of egos gone wild. All-id-all-the-time!
For those unaware of the drama, all three have managed to trash their marriages in the tabloids by chasing/attacking/sexually texting women to whom they are not married -- and usually women who are younger or… Read full post »
There's a new poster at Grand Central Station, the terminus for commuter trains into Manhattan, of a woman wrapped tightly in an orange towel.
It's an ad for Hyatt, and it's unusual for several reasons. It shows -- counter-culturally -- and to my delight:
-- a woman alone
--… Read full post »
Caitlin Kelly's Favorites
- Stephanie Phoenix
- emma peel 2
- Leeandra Nolting
- Little Forrest in the Big City
- Marianne Spellman