Author Archives: Marcy

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

Examine the LARPers: How to Tell New England Fairs Apart

Fall in New England is a wondrous time, with fairs of every size and shape vying for attention. It can get a little confusing, though, so here’s a handy field guide to figuring out just where you are. Who are the … Continue reading

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From Trafficgeddon to Trampolining

I’d vowed never to return to the Big E after my last gridlocked visit, wall to wall elbows while I directed my little boys to look at the just-hatched chicks, or the monster trucks, or the world’s best fried dough. … Continue reading

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10 Things I Learned from Naked and Afraid (and a Perfect Connecticut Afternoon)

10 things I learned from the survivalist reality show Naked and Afraid: 1. After a few awkward minutes, no one will care if you’re naked in the wilderness. 2. There’s good naked and bad naked. (OK, I learned that one … Continue reading

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I gave a speech and it was this big

SheKnows Media posted the speeches from the #BlogHer15 conference, and I finally got to see how my speech went down, free from the fog of memory and fear. I cued it up below to start one minute in, after my introduction … Continue reading

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Cry “Havoc!” in a Sleepy Classroom

My students hadn’t thought twice about a stab in the back, or a robe drenched in blood; video games steeled them against such violence. But when Antony let slip the dogs of war, those sleepy adolescents marveled that Shakespeare made them shudder. … Continue reading

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Escape New Haven, or Not

“You find yourself trapped in a madman’s workshop. Can you figure out how to use his tools and inventions against him to escape in 1 hour, before he releases the poison gas and puts an end to your attempts?” –Escape … Continue reading

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How to Avoid the Killing of Darlings

Christine told me how to avoid the axing of assonance, the slaughter of simile, the killing of darlings: Exile instead. Save snippets like pulsing hearts, scraps like vital bones. Those darlings breathe on, beloved, to emerge in new pieces with old souls. … Continue reading

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My #BlogHer15 Recap as a Timid and Squeamish VOTY Featured Honoree: From Excited to Terrified to Exuberant

TL;DR: I made it through my terrifying speech as a VOTY featured honoree just fine, met inspiring people, and learned a lot at #BlogHer15, and although I’m a timid introvert, I even socialized. #BlogHer15 Recap: The Long Version A shortened version of my video … Continue reading

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I’ll be at BlogHer’s upcoming conference

Dress selected, shoes picked out, blogging business cards located from the back of a drawer. All that’s left is the excited anticipation for attending the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us conference in New York City. That, and the packing. I will … Continue reading

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Postcards from Outside Your Comfort Zone {3}: Dancing with the Stars

{In this series, readers send in postcards from outside their comfort zones. Celebrate your courage: Send me a postcard.} I was so impressed when I opened my local paper and saw my friend Julie, who took on Quinnipiac University′s “Dancing … Continue reading

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