First, let’s catch up.

Before we dive into the true “finds” I wanted to do a quick catch up on what’s happening around here on the writing/blogging front.

#1. The Friendship Column is Going Live on THE RADIO

This one is actually pretty major. A few times in the past few years I’ve been on Jordana Green’s CBS radio talk show here in Minneapolis. We once spoke about being a Jew at Christmas and another time we talked about my goal to improve my smartphone habits. Jordana (who is also a friend) reads my blog, and she loves the HerStories friendship column. You know what that means? It means we’re taking the column to her evening talk show on a regular basis!

Jordana and I will talk about the questions I’ve already answered, get listeners’ input, and perhaps answer some new questions on the spot depending on time. The first show is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11th at 10PM CST. Local listeners can tune into AM 830 (WCCO radio). But anyone can listen live on Jordana’s show page with the “listen live” button on the right side of her page. I will be posting reminders right before on Facebook and Twitter. Obviously.


#2. I’m Always Taking Anonymous Questions on Friendship

Speaking of the friendship column, I’m always accepting anonymous questions. The form where you can ask does requires no name and no email address. It’s truly anonymous. Go for it!


#3. This Post of Mine About Misconceptions is Getting Passed Around a Lot

For my November column, I wrote about misconceptions people have about Jewish private schools like the kind where I send my kids. I know it’s getting reprinted in Memphis next week and they’re using it at a school in Pennsylvania. I’m thrilled that it resonated with readers.





I’m excited that Gretchen Rubin’s newest book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, is available for pre-order. I LOVED her Happiness Project books so obviously I will be getting this one. I also write about habits quite a bit myself. (Though not nearly with the expertise of Gretchen.) I also had the chance to get a little feature in one of her blog posts this year, which was a major thrill.

The novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is at the top of my to-be-read list. It’s getting rave reviews, including from our leader at Great New Books, Jennifer Lyn King.



“Taylor Swift Happens” and “I Hate the Things You Love, Can We Still be Friends?”

Vikki Reich is a writing buddy of mine in town, and I visit her blog regularly because she has a way of writing about “everyday” things that either makes me laugh and/or nod in understanding. She does all this using straightforward, non-hyperbolic, non-flowerly language, which is why I admire her work. Her recent post in which she accidentally likes a Taylor Swift song is typical Vikki humor. It’s not crass, and it’s not obnoxious. It’s just smart, clever, astute, Vikki humor. Check it out. I also really loved a poignant guest post she had on Midlife Mixtape a few weeks ago. Oh wait, but my favorite humor piece lately was also by Vikki, this time for BlogHer: “I Hate the Things You Love, Can We Still be Friends?” She does not love Jon Stewart, the show Scandal, or infinity scarves. So, yeah, the friendship could be in question. 😉


“We are the Family in the Photo that Came With Your New Picture Frame”

Hysterical piece in McSweeney’s by Colin Nissan.


“To the Furious Mom in the Target Parking Lot”

This post has already gone viral on Huffington Post so perhaps you’ve already seen it. I thought Lisa Sadikman did an exceptional job capturing that deep fury we feel in certain parenting moments and how hard it is to contain our anger. I related to Lisa and to the woman she was describing, and I thought this was a brave piece to write. It went viral in HuffPost, but I’m sharing the original link from Brain, Child Magazine, because frankly, I prefer to support Brain, Child.


Bette Midler does a cover of TLC’s Waterfalls And it’s perfect.


HAVE A GREAT WEEK EVERYONE! We had two birthdays in our house this week so I’ll leave you with a family picture we took on Rebecca’s 8th birthday a few days ago. Nate turns three tomorrow! That everyone smiled in this picture at 6:45AM was a highlight of the week.

Badzin family photo

Morning birthday wakeup tradition!

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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, a lead writing instructor at ModernWell in Minneapolis as well as ModernWell's book club director. She reviews 50 books a year on her blog, writes reviews for other sites, and has a friendship advice column at The HerStories Project. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.

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