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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DECEMBER 7, 2011 7:27PM

Staying Whole in a Fractured World

You know that panicky feeling you get when you drop your briefcase or purse and everything spills out in public? That's how I used to feel every day: embarrassed, furious, and anxious because I couldn't keep up with my life.

The last straw… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 11:04AM

Book Covers, Backsides and Body Parts

In the book world, you can easily spot novels designed to attract women by the body parts and backsides on their covers.

Don't believe me? Go to Amazon and browse the postage stamp images for anything that falls into the category of women's contemporary fiction, and you'll see what… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2011 10:23AM

Writer for Hire


Yesterday, my mother asked what I was working on.

“Oh, I finished copy editing that memoir and now I'm writing a marketing brochure,” I said.

She shook her head. “And to think that your father and I used to worry about… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2011 11:43AM

Juggling Motherhood and Writing

One of the most frequent questions I'm asked at book signings or when I teach writing classes is this one: “When do you write?”

The aspiring writers who ask this questions are searching for a recipe to follow. They want me to say something like:… Read full post »


As Herman Cain strives to rise above the sexual harassment allegations dogging his run for the presidency (and I do mean “dogging”), almost every woman out there is uncomfortably recalling some former teacher, boss or neighbor who did the same things to her.

I have… 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 »

In two weeks, we're going to face our dream – or our nightmare. That's when we're going to actually start living part-time in our Canadian farmhouse.

The house lies in the far eastern corner of Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes, about a dozen hours… Read full post »

For the first time in my mothering life, I almost turned the radio off today.

Here's what happened: I was driving my 13 year-old son and his three friends to a skateboard park. The boys were busy doing what most teens do: multitasking with… Read full post »


For the first time in five years, I am not among the knuckle-biting families waiting for college acceptances this spring. I sure wish I'd known back then what I know now.

My husband and I have already put two sons through college, and we currently have two… 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 »

As always, my 13 year-old son has waited until bedtime to download his anxieties. He's a bright, sensitive kid whose worries run the gamut from global warming to how long his gerbil will live.

Tonight his questions revolved around his private school applications, which we submitted just before Chri… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2010 6:50PM


I hate waiting. Yet, somehow I managed to book my mammogram for the week before Christmas, and found myself waiting for something I didn't want during the busiest week of the year.

I had a lump removed from my breast seven years ago, so getting a… Read full post »

Two of the most common questions people ask writers are: 1) When do you write? And 2) What do you do if you get writer's block?

When I see these questions headed my way – whether from a friend, a student, a book club member, or… 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 »

Just in time for holiday feasting, I've decided to eat lean. This was a guilt-inspired decision brought on by invading my son's Halloween bag, which I managed to find no matter how hard I tried to hide it.

Eating lean means lettuce, lettuce, and more lettuce… 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 »

I live in a typical New England suburb: tall trees, a smattering of ranch houses, a few grand Colonials, a Cape or two. Yet, we still have our share of wild creatures, like the flock of turkeys I startled while walking my dogs, about a dozen prehistoric looking birds… Read full post »

I'm no girly girl when it comes to movies. I like action – Broken Arrow still ranks as one of my all-time favorite movies – and nothing saves a rainy day like Austin Powers. So I went with great expectations to see George Clooney in The American. I/… Read full post »