Stephanie Kallos's Blog, page 2

October 15, 2009

My husband and I are two of the only people I know who routinely remain in our seats at the end of a movie and watch the entire credits – all the way to the IATSE logo, the assurance that no animals were harmed, and the copyright date. We don't move until the house lights come up.
I'm not sure why Bill does this; it's possible that, being the sweet and patient fellow he is,  […read more:]
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Published on October 15, 2009 15:59 • 80 views

October 11, 2009

"Let's do YOGA!" my sons yell, launching themselves into a series of unique, impromptu asanas with names like "Flying Bagel" and "Pizza Cowboy." I love the plucky, unabashed joy with which they inhabit their bodies.
 
I've observed time and again how children naturally incorporate the elements of asana practice into their lives. When my sons we  […read more:]
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Published on October 11, 2009 18:37 • 78 views

May 21, 2008

Sunset Bowl in the Ballard neighborhood has closed after 51 years in business. While some talk of a new bowling alley to be part of the development replacing it, others mourn the loss of a community institution that can't be easily replaced.
At Sunset Bowl, they're getting ready for the auction.
There's music playing—a boom box is tuned to an easy listening station—but the familiar,  […read more:]
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Published on May 21, 2008 21:56 • 70 views

May 9, 2008

Start out knowing how easy it will be. Derive a cocky assurance from the fact that you've done this once already. You know what's involved. You even wrote an essay about it, to remind yourself of the hardships. You've honed your craft, picked up pointers. You will not make the same mistakes again.
For one thing, you will write an outline. That's how real writers do it. Tha  […read more:]
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Published on May 09, 2008 21:38 • 56 views

April 22, 2008

When my sons were taking piano lessons, I decided to steal the motivational technique of my first teacher, Mrs. Childs, and reward them with a candy bar whenever they memorized a piece. For me, chocolate has always been wildly motivating; perhaps this is why, according to my mother, no one ever had to nag me to practice.
At the time of this story, my sons were seven and ten, my father had just di  […read more:]
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Published on April 22, 2008 21:57 • 68 views

April 21, 2008

Dear Friends,
Please forgive the mass email. I'm writing because you are a person who nurtures—and is nurtured by—the world of books. I'm going to tell you a story, and then I'm going to ask you a favor:

As someone who makes a living as a novelist, I am frequently asked to give advice to aspiring writers. One of the things I always tell them is how essential it is to seek out a sup  […read more:]
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Published on April 21, 2008 21:28 • 30 views

February 15, 2006

Among many other things, my mother Dorie was a gifted and patient teacher. Patience is not a quality that I come by naturally, nor was it my father's strong suit, so we were both very lucky to have lived in her sphere. Most certainly I could never have become a novelist without having benefited from my mother's lessons in patience and persistence.
She taught me, patiently, for it did not come eas  […read more:]
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Published on February 15, 2006 19:51 • 29 views

October 24, 2005

Be an only child. And/or spend vast amounts of time alone, whether you like it or not.
Write your first story when you are seven. Make it long. Make it controversial. Refer to images gleaned from Life magazine—Thalidomide babies, for example—so that grownups will be impressed and give your story a lot of attention. Submit a contest essay to the Mattel Toy Company on the subject of wha  […read more:]
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Published on October 24, 2005 20:51 • 44 views
Knitting has become hip. I've noticed this by the preponderance of knitting books with titles like Stitch and Bitch Nation and Hip to Knit, and the number of young women I observe (and the occasional young man) ogling yarn as if it were candy, or plopped down in plush mocha-colored armchairs at Starbucks, plugged into their MP3 players and working assiduously on their first scarves. I've had my sc  […read more:]
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Published on October 24, 2005 20:51 • 19 views
Knitting can serve many purposes, and different kinds of projects make different demands on the knitter. For example: one should never attempt to knit a multi-cable or entrelac sweater unless one is in a frame of mind that makes reading War and Peace or Moby Dick seem like a good idea.
I should say that, although I'm an obsessed knitter, I'm not an especially advanced one. Occasionally I'll take  […read more:]
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Published on October 24, 2005 20:51 • 18 views