Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson
Massachusetts, USA
December 03
Journalist Holly Robinson is the author of the novel Sleeping Tigers and The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: A Memoir. Visit her web site at www.authorhollyrobinson.com.


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AUGUST 13, 2012 10:53AM

What Makes a Memoir “Great?”

I just finished reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed's memoir about hiking from California to Oregon after the death of her mother sends her life spiraling downward. I'm still aching from the powerful punch of this story, delivered with so much grace/… Read full post »

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JULY 27, 2012 12:46PM

Hey Writer! What's Your Brand?

Most of us are cynical enough by now to see that life is all about branding, whether we're being bombarded by ads for colleges, books, cars, shampoos, or a new designer line of t-shirts ($90 for a white GOOP t-shirt, Gwyneth Paltrow? Really?). Brands are built via movie placements,… Read full post »

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MAY 7, 2012 3:57PM

Are We Ever Too Old to Be Called “Promising?”

When I received my latest issue of Poets and Writers Magazine, I did what I always do: I put it in a special place on the nightstand, where I could devour it after finishing work, dinner, dishes, and putting my youngest son to bed. I've been subscribing to this/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 8, 2012 9:16AM

Why Writers Need Readers: Not for the Obvious Reason

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked if I'd like to participate in his “Books, Authors, and Wine Tasting” event. I had just published my novel Sleeping Tigers, so I said yes. I wasn't expecting to sell any books, really—I hadn't started marketing the novel yet, and/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 31, 2012 4:55PM

Maybe Private School is Cheaper than Ritalin

I was eating lunch when I got a text from my youngest son today. “95 on Spanish quiz!” he wrote.

Ironically, at that very moment I was catching up on the New York Times, where I stumbled upon the January 28 article, “Ritalin Gone/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 17, 2012 8:03PM

Why I Told My Daughter to Quit Her Job

My daughter called me last night to celebrate her news. “I got the job!” she said. “I'm going to be decorating cupcakes!”

I cheered. My daughter earned an honors degree in Natural Resources from a major university this past May. This is the happiest I've heard… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 4, 2011 1:32PM

Bad Vacation? Treasure the Memory.

A couple of weeks ago, I convinced my family to drive to the White Mountains and hike up to Lonesome Lake hut on the Appalachian Mountain Club trail. Our plan was to sleep at the hut and do some day hikes, maybe see a moose and the last… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 31, 2011 9:18AM

How Much Homework Is Too Much?

It's Halloween today, and I'm bleary-eyed—not from getting ready for the holiday, but from helping my youngest son practice his Spanish presentation.

It wasn't a huge deal of an assignment. Just two minutes about someone deceased—he chose President Kennedy—for a Day of the Dead… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 27, 2011 10:09PM

What Your Car Says About You

Yes, I know it sounds stupid, but I cried all afternoon over selling a car.

Not just any car, mind you. This was my 2003 Honda CRV, a beat-up red car with probably enough forgotten food in it to sustain a family of five for a week. At… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 25, 2011 2:32PM

My iRobot: Can a Useful Gift Be a Romantic One?

The newest member of our family, our iRobot Roomba, arrived as my designated gift on Valentine's Day (http://store.irobot.com). I went out to walk the dogs early that morning, and when I returned, my iRobot was vacuuming the kitchen. To his credit, my husband did glue big red hearts all… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 9, 2011 8:08PM

Our Muses, Ourselves: Why Women Like Me Run Away

As my friend Susan Straight and I cross the border from Maine into Canada, the customs agent follows the usual script: Where are you going, are you carrying firearms, how long are you staying?

Then he trips me up: “What is the purpose of your visit? Business… Read full post »

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JANUARY 28, 2011 2:23PM

My Superhero Underpants

I came upstairs last night and found my husband Dan pulling something out of the laundry stacked on his bureau. He looked puzzled.

“These aren't my underpants,” he said. “Whose are they?”

I snatched them out of his hands. “Mine,” I… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 6, 2010 10:53AM

Kayak: One Word, One Life


The word was written in red ink across the top of the manila file folder. Shaky letters, a modest schoolboy hand. Definitely my dad's writing.

I sat back on my heels in front of the cupboard where I'd found the folder and stared at the… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 9, 2010 1:38PM

Murder and Mayhem in a Parked Car


When the man knocked on my window, I jumped and shrieked. It was dark and rain was pelting against my car windshield. I opened my window just a crack. “Yes?”

The man was old and bearded beneath his yellow rain slicker, with flat… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 3, 2010 12:53PM

Kids + Computers = The Perfect Match

A few days ago, a friend stopped by while I was working at home. My 13 year-old son was home, too. As we passed the living room, my friend said, “How long will you let your son stay on the computer?”

I shrugged. “I don't know.… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 21, 2010 12:46PM

The First Rule of Teaching: Do No Harm


It wasn't until I went on a field trip with my son and his eighth grade teacher that I started pondering the recent debates about how a teacher's performance in the classroom should be evaluated.

My son and his teacher, Jennifer, were deep in conversation about some… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 14, 2010 11:38AM

The Book Tour: Is It Worth It?


As I was winding down my book tour to southern California recently, I stopped at a cafe with new friends I'd made in a high desert town called Ridgecrest. The four of them had gathered to see me off after I'd done a book signing at the China… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2010 1:58PM

Is the Grass Greener in Canada?

I was vacationing in Prince Edward Island, Canada this summer when I came across this article in The Globe and Mail: “The World Would Love to Be Canadian” (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/news/the-world-would-love-to-be-canadian/article1612707/). The writer, Joe Fries/… Read full post »

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AUGUST 10, 2010 1:08PM

The Author Photo: Where's My Body Double When I Need Her?

Occasionally, I'm lucky enough to be invited to visit with book club members who have chosen my memoir as their monthly selection. I make a point of joining any book club within half a day's drive, because the members inevitably have such sharp observations that I always come… Read full post »

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MAY 14, 2010 10:51AM


I've been following a couple of stories lately. One is about the Massachusetts Catholic school that recently accepted, then rejected an 8 year-old boy because his parents are lesbians (http://www.boston.com/yourtown/hingham/articles/2010/05). The other is that juicy media firefight sparked by &ld/… Read full post »