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The Gottman Institute: The Art & Science of Love

The Gottman Institute: The Art & Science of Love My husband and I had a rude and rough couple of years. Sabin was briefly ensconced at the antipodes with people who thought they knew him better after 12 minutes than I did after 18 years, and they brought out his […]

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Mystery of Birth

Mystery of Birth       I had the misfortune to be the impecunious shiksa married into a well-to-do Jewish family. My sincere conversion to Judaism, a religion I love, slightly blunted their dyspeptic view of me but didn’t resolve it. Not that my former in-laws were aware of their […]

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My friend’s grandson passed

Today was the memorial service for a dear friend’s infant grandson. There were photographs placed around the room in the funeral home. It was a room for congregating, with neat rows of chairs for the visitors and tissue boxes placed at strategic intervals. Mourning is excruciating anyway, but yoked to […]

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Tender Loving Care for a Marriage

Tender Loving Care for a Marriage Sabin and I came to a dark and stormy place in our marriage. That diction belies the fresh and cutting pain of such a place and time. When we both returned to the marriage, we sought help in putting things back together. There are […]

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Returning to Source and Writing Again

Write again, they are telling me. You must write, Traci.  It’s the new theme: writing again. The past twelve months have been excruciating. I am struggling. It’s been a year of comings and goings from my life; intermittency like a suddenly thrown grenade blew up my peace of mind. It […]

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Supporting Sam Harris

I took a year of Arabic as an undergraduate at Yale. Along with the language, we also discussed the culture of the Arab world. This was the mid-80’s, so liberal sanctimony didn’t have quite the stranglehold on conversation that it now exerts–even at Yale. We were allowed to discuss things […]

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Bill Maher exposing liberal hypocrisy about Islam

There are many things on which I do not agree with Bill Maher. However, I have wondered for a long time about the issues about which he speaks. Why do “liberals” throw hissy fits about so many things, but never about the gross human rights violations that are endemic to […]

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Passings

The resonance around a friend’s passing. Today was my little one’s birthday, and she was home sick with a bad cold. “I really hate being sick, mom! I don’t want to be sick!” she cried, in her sweet, fierce way. I tried to console her. I offered to play cards […]

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Prayer for the families of victims in Newtown, CT

May God grant you peace as you face a loss that makes other people shake with fear. May you be blessed with joy of memory, so that you see the faces of your dear ones as they laughed and played, joked and teased; so that you hear their voices soft […]

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My New Post on the HuffPo: The Bleak Necessity of the Dachau Tour

Business in Milan with my Italian publisher, Marco Tropea Editore, afforded me a timely opportunity to take a train into Bavaria. I’m working on a new novel set in Munich and Berlin during the Second World War. For detail and realism, I need to experience a place. Reading books, listening […]

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The Passing of Friends

The Passing of Friends Yesterday I received news that the best friend of my former mother-in-law died in a car crash. She was driving with her son and daughter-in-law and with her significant other, a good man with whom she had recently bought an apartment. Only the daughter-in-law survived the head-on […]

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Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels.