Writing books is my passion, but I continue to love contributing articles to essay collections, magazines, and websites. Here are some samples of my recent work. –Sally

The New York Times
Hire Women Your Mom's Age
Thereís something haywire about how women are expected to crunch our most celebrated achievements into a timetable that frequently lasts fewer than 20 years. Find a partner. Raise some chicks. Zoom to the top of your field. Check each box by 50. Click here »

The Opinionator: Writing Fiction and Nonfiction
When I wrote my second novel, I biked in New York Cityís Riverside Park and plopped myself down where my character died in order to take in what she saw as her life ebbed. When I wrote my first nonfiction book, in one of more than 200 interviews, I grilled a woman about why she quit a sought-after job in Washington to live in Paris. Click here »

The Boston Globe
Hey Fellow Fogies, TMI on Your Aches and Pains
Yes, weíre all aging, but when we get together for fun, letís not talk about medical procedures. Click here »

Kitchen Competition: When Your Kids Cook Better Than You
What happens when your kids reject your home-cooking for fancy foodie fare? As families gather for holiday meals, Sally Koslow shares some insight into shifting family dynamics after her sons became gourmands. Click here »

Fired! Bouncing Back From a Midlife Pink Slip
Losing a job is never fun, but rebounding in your 50s and beyond takes a whole new toolkit and a special sort of resilience. Click here »

Magazines: The End of an Era
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Family Circle
The New Girls
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, I found a surprising upside to the illness. Click here »

The Terrible 22s
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Reunited (And It Feels Sooo Good)
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Holy Cow, Look at Me Now!
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The Forward
Resisting Christmas in North Dakota
You think gefilte fish is unappealing? Try lutefisk. Click here »

The Atlantic
What We Lose in Losing Ladies' Home Journal
Like middle-aged matrons whoíve had too much cosmetic surgery, women's magazines today are looking more generic than ever. Click here »

Psychology Today
Lessons Learned From a Midlife Pink Slip
How the former magazine editor in chief learned to work alone Click here »

Writer's Digest
7 Things Iíve Learned So Far
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Love Lessons From Second Wives
Years after tying the knot, Sally Koslow finds the secrets to long-lasting happiness in her friends' new marriages. Click here »

Friends, Interrupted
Old friendships withering? New online pals not exactly available for coffee? Hereís how to make friends when youíve outgrown the sandbox, the dorm and your kidsí playgroup. Click here »

Dear Teen Me
Dear Teen Me from author Sally Koslow
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The Cookie Connection
Three daughters tales of food, family secrets and their mothers' cooking. The Cookie Connection... Click here »

My Sister, Myself
Chance made us siblings; we were cordial (with effort) but never close. Then midlife forced us to forge a deeper bond. Click here »

Hey, baby boomer parents, back off!
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Real Simple
Married to Mr. Clean - Interview
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O, the Oprah Magazine
The Dog Lovers
The house was always bursting with love—of the face-licking, ear tousling, "who's a good girl?" variety. What would the two of them do when it was…just the two of them? Sally Koslow confronts her empty nest. Click here »

O at Home, the Oprah Magazine
Writer in Residence
Sally Interviews Maureen Dowd at her Georgetown home. Click here »

Dear Teen Me
A letter to my 15-year-old self
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Beyond The Margins
The Joys of Workshops
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The Guardian
Generation boomerang: children who go back to mum and dad
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Wedding Cake for Breakfast
"There's Always Divorce" and Other Parental Advice
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So, You're Dating a Guy Who Lives With His Parents...
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The Huffington Post
9 Novels To Give Mom For Mother's Day
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How A Motherís Love Really Does Change Everything
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When Your Child Becomes a Parent
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Taking Care of a Baby Is Like Riding a Bike
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There's "Real Time" and then There's "Grandmother Time"

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New Grandma, Whole New World

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"Nana", "Gran" or Just Plain "Grandma"?
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I, Babysitter
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Next Avenue
Let It Snow, Let It Snow…
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Gobsmacked by Grannyhood

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Outshone in the Kitchen -- by My Sons
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How to Keep the Peace with Your Daughter-in-Law
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Forever Young ó at Heart
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The Vexing Art of Dressing for My Age
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Third Age
A Jewish Girl's Holiday Dilemma
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Oy, Woody!
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My Favorite Writers: You'll Love Them, Too
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The 'Mommy Wars' Revisited
With their kids now grown, 2 mothers reflect on their career choices and insist they have no regrets. Click here »

Married to Mr. Clean
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You Say Your Husband's A Flirt?
Author Sally Koslow on how to handle a persistently playful spouse. Click here »

The Sisterhood of the Vanishing Paystub
The best advice Iíve ever gotten about personal economics was from a friend, and it had nothing to do with derivatives, debt/equity swaps or the Cayman Islands. Click here »

Run, Writer, Run
Follow link and scroll down to "Amazon Exclusive: Sally Koslow on the Secret to Unlocking Creativity" Click here »

Good Housekeeping
Triathlon of Hope
When it really counted, my sons were a dream team. Click here »

Everything is Material — and Sometimes It's Red and Green
Having grown up celebrating Hanukkah, Sally shares her favorite pastime for December 24th and 25th, and explains how she came to celebrate, and eventually write about, the Christmas season. Click here »

Health Magazine
How Exercise Makes You More Creative - Healthy Living - Health.com Click here »

The New Queen of Broadcast
You know her as the gutsy newscaster who refused to report on Paris Hilton's nanosecond jail stay. Here, Mira Brzezinski, cohost of MSNBC's hit political show Morning Joe, gives us the scoop we haven't yet heard. Click here »

Writing a Book Is Like Giving Birth to an Elephant
Here's my first blog for More.com.
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Amazon Can Make an Author Weep
Another blog from More.com.
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7 Habits of Highly Resilient Women
In 2002, I wrote an article for Fitness Magazine on how to learn to bounce back from anything. From time to time, I reread it and remind myself of these steps. You might benefit as much from the suggestions, based on research with psychologists, as I do. Here’s the Cliff Notes version: Click here »

Reader's Digest
Secrets to Unshakeable Confidence: Act As Though You Expect the Best
Imagine two people of equal skill applying for a job. Would you pick the person who is less confident? Ever? Quite simply, a positive sense of self can transform your life. Click here »

Better Homes and Gardens
Daring Do
Remember that I'll-try-anything spirit you had as a girl? It's still there, waiting to be set free. Click here »

With Friends Like These--When Do You Forgive and Forget?
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13 Rules to Care and Feed a Friendship
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Flashlight Worthy
9 Wicked Beach Reads about Friend-Fatales
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Traveling With T
Guest Post: What Womenís Fiction Means to Sally Koslow
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These tricks work for me. I hope they help you, too.

Read excellent writing. Let it inspire you.

Look for a writing workshop to provide deadlines and collegial support.

Always have a notebook—jot down ideas, quotes from actual conversation, vocabulary-stretching words.

Catch your dreams. Keep pen and paper by the bed to record ideas you invent in your sleep.

Use what you’ve lived. Everything is material, even the bad stuff.

To unleash your creativity, do solo repetitive exercise: running, walking, swimming, biking—nothing “strategic” like golf or tennis

Make writing a habit, Try to write every day, even for only 10 minutes.

Have fun with nouns and verbs.

Think of adjectives and adverbs as cayenne pepper. Use sparingly. “Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs,” William Strunk and E.B. White wrote in their venerated Elements of Style. “The adjective hasn’t been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place.”

Check spelling and details. Google is a gift to writers, but don’t forget your dictionary.

In fiction and in dialogue, picture a scene as a movie, and take notes.

Don’t read your work only on a computer—print it out. Try switching typefaces to see it in a fresh way.

Read your work aloud. Listen for the rhythm (or lack of it,) dull and awkward spots and especially words writers overuse: all, always, just, so, usually, very, perhaps…

When you think you’re finished, put your writing aside to let it gel. Hurried writing is rarely your best work. Read, tweak, read again, tweak again…

If you get stuck, start writing something else.