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First of all, thank you to Olive Oils of Spain and iconic red bow tie and overall wearing Farmer Lee Jones for sending these really beautiful vegetables.

To celebrate this bounty, I made the best dinner ever that was so good while watching Seven Stages To Eternal Bliss. Roasted carrots with fresh herbs and leeks drizzled with olive oil and smoked salt from Newfoundland. A piece of salmon I picked up from Trader Joe’s with lime. A botanical seltzer cocktail using an iced tea blend I made with rose, chamomile, schisandra berry, and honeybush; hibiscus-ginger kombucha; and cucumber-basil seltzer. I…

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A forbidden love of two different walks of life learning from one another to bring values back into each others communities.

“Do you always make jokes in place of conversation?”

“It’s the Southern way, ma’am.”

“Southern way?”

“My mother’s immortal phrase: ‘When things get too painful, we either avoid them or we laugh.”

“When do you cry according to the Southern way?”

[Laughs] “We don’t.”

Repression and shame from years of toxic abuse, looking for the absolution of our mothers, while try to “toughen up.”

So emotionally vulnerable and so professionally forbidden! Also: on point. It’s “The Prince of Tides” and it’s currently streaming on Criterion Channel and Amazon. …

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I was going through my old Mediums that I never published and found this back from September 11, which is fitting because I have been spending all year letting go of the past. Particularly as I am in New York City, where the past, present and future all exist at once.

The thing about September 11 is that the meaning of that day here in New York will always change because a day that reminds you “never to forget” will always resonate differently for those who remember the day itself who were here or alive/old enough to remember, as well…

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Photo by Vadim Danilov on Unsplash

Plagues. Earthquakes. Elections. Fires. Death. There are so many things in this world that often feel out of our control. But if death is inevitable and we are all born to die, then how do you want to make the best of the world you have in front of you? Where can you find joy and make things better?

At a time when desperation and fear seems to breed so much hate across ideological party lines, it’s easy to succumb to these forces, absorbing that collective sense of hopeless energy and forgetting how to dream. …

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Dystopian graffiti in New York City. October 2020 by Carly Fisher.

It is October 2020. A month from now, five years or twenty, this statement will feel less of importance. However, at present, I have spent the past 10 months writing so many words in too many places that I can barely keep track. Because I was processing these emotions recklessly to become a product of my productivity instead of focusing.

As journalism bled out this year, so many people felt untethered by their sense of selves to their former lives. So many of my former idols seemed to bear such minor significance as the internet commodified everyone into a number…

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Lessons from an award-winning strategist and journalist via the agency world about the importance of lifestyle writing and the shift to crowd-sourced publishing Medium, Substack and Patreon sales models that support quality content and the future of investigative reporting.

In April, I was given the opportunity to perform a content strategy test through one of the top journalism outlets in the country. Ultimately, I found myself in the same situation I had found myself in many times before: they wanted my ideas for an unpaid “test,” which was code for: “We are going to take your ideas and not pay you for them in order to solve an actual RFP problem.”

This is not unusual, but I really wanted their consideration for the position. Besides, I was naturally curious about the strategy/RFP ad sales process happening behind the scenes…

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I am unsubscribing from all of your newsletters and emails. Mainly because I am trying a comedy writing career now, which means I am broke. If these are the end of days, I should certainly at least TRY to see if I’m funny.

I know that I am not supposed to encourage this because I have my own newsletter and am very good at creating newsletters for everyone else. You should pay me to make you a newsletter, but don’t be mad that I will not be subscribing to it. Don’t get mad at me, it’s just that I want…

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Several months ago, I rewatched the movie Yentl. Yes, the 1983 classic feminist Jewish musical starring Barbara Streisand and Mandy Patinkin. If you’re like most of my friends, you probably are vaguely familiar with the song “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” but haven’t actually watched the movie. It’s streaming somewhere and now you must watch it. I insist. For your enjoyment, you can watch it here for free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhhenOwMXGw

The reason you must watch this movie is that it perfectly summarizes the endless struggle between a woman being forced to choose between her body and her brain. …

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(Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash)

You have a house. The house is not yours. You are renting it. It’s an apartment, actually. You can’t afford a house. But let’s pretend it’s a house, and you have a lawn, and it’s yours.

You are so happy to finally have a lawn. You can never tell if the grass is greener, so you keep watering your lawn. Until one day, you realize you’re suddenly out of water.

You politely ask your neighbors if they can spare some water. They can give you a glass, but you need more than a drop…

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Jacket from my New York Times bestselling book, “Families First” (Capitalist Publishing, 2016).

I get this question a lot. “Carly, what’s the secret to your success? How did you make it?”

I actually have the answer for you: Always Be Selling. A successful writer isn’t about writing at all. They’re having other people writing about them. This takes time, however, which means that it’s all about churn and burn, baby. Write like your heart is bleeding from the sword you are about to die on. Write like no one is watching. Write like everyone is watching. Live like there’s no tomorrow. Love hard and put your family first. …

Carly Fisher

Taking the time to smell the roses and eat the bread. Author of "Easy Weekend Getaways in the Hudson Valley and Catskills" James Beard nom. www.carlyfisher.com

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