Diane Gottlieb writes open-hearted stories about people in pain who choose to grow.


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It’s the middle of January. First month of a brand-spanking-new year. Resolutions have been made—and, if you’re anything like me—some of them have been broken.   Yes. I know. Already.   You may be disappointed with yourself. Frustrated. Maybe even a bit—or a lot—angry. But before your disappointment/frustration/anger unleashes a trickle or avalanche of mean…

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Interview With Kathryn Silver-Hajo

I first met Kathryn Silver-Hajo in a Facebook writing class at the beginning of COVID. It was run by a lovely writer—and person—Meg Pokrass, and I so very much appreciated the chance to connect with other writers during that lockdown time. What a joy it was to read Kathryn’s work in the class! I have…

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Awakenings: Stories of Body & Consciousness

The body! The Body! THE BODY!   Read those three short sentences again. Maybe read them aloud this time.   Take a breath.   How do you feel?   For many people, reading, saying, or hearing the words “the body” brings up feelings of joy, gratitude, and a desire to move, stretch, run! For others,…

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Interview With Jill Talbot

I rarely post an interview to the blog that was previously published elsewhere (you can read those on my publications page). I am making an exception today! Jill Talbot, a gorgeous essayist whom I have long admired, has put together a wonderful collection, The Last Year: Essays, about a unique moment (or year, rather) in…

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Interview With Sarah Freligh

Sarah Freligh! How I admire her writing! And what an honor and a joy to speak with her this past April about her latest book A Brief Natural History of Women and about archetypes, teaching, waiting tables, swimming in cold water, and so much more! Diane: Sarah, I’ve been dying to interview you forever, but I…

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To All My Valentines

Valentine’s Day, like many holidays of cheer, can sometimes be fraught with mixed emotions. Sure, Valentine’s Day provides a wonderful opportunity to stop and appreciate our loving relationships with partners. But it can also lead to negative self-judgments if we are not living the Hallmark dream.   Maybe it’s best to think of Valentine’s Day…

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When You Look Back, “Look Back with Love”

Anybody else thinking the holidays are coming too soon?   I can’t believe it’s that time again (but it is)! I can’t believe I’m having another birthday (my 62nd)! But I can (and do) believe that there are wonderful things ahead! Here are three things I’m excited for in 2023: I’m editing an anthology coming…

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Catching Up With Memories

Happy October, Everyone!! How’s everyone doing? That’s not a rhetorical question! I really want to know! I’m feeling a little scattered these days. A bit overcommitted—but not overwhelmed. I’ve taken on a bunch of new projects and am excited for them all! Fall is a terrific season to start digging in those heels—and can be…

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Take Back Your Focus – With Help From Johann Hari

Like everyone these days, I have a lot of things on my mind. But I’m having a hard time staying with any single one. I jump around. I feel unsettled. Distracted. Sound familiar? I see this same distraction in many of my ACT/SAT students. When we first begin our sessions together, I ask them how…

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Your Voice Matters

I wasn’t planning to write a post for today. Last thing I wanted was to have to write this post. But … as a woman, as a mother, as a daughter, as a deeply saddened–and angry–citizen of this country … here it is. A post that says “Your Voice Matters.” I sincerely hope we all…

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