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    Talk About the Hard Things

    This week’s news brought awful stories out of Minneapolis and New York City. Both racially charged. An African American man was killed by police, suffocated on the ground by the side of a police car in Minnesota. In Central Park, a black man asked a white woman to leash her dog in a birdwatching area. She called police and claimed he was threatening her. My heart is grieved to hear stories like these. I’m white. This means I sit in an unearned place of privilege. I haven’t walked through the valley of oppression and suspicion my fellow Americans of color…

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    Invest in Yourself

    It’s been picture-perfect here in New Jersey. Warm days, cool evenings, and low humidity have almost fooled me into thinking summer won’t be the normal soup ladleful of mugginess. I know it’s a trick, but I’ve chosen to embrace it…

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    The Beauty of a New Page

    It’s been seven weeks of a radically different lifestyle for everyone. Whether you are an essential worker or are fortunate enough to work from home, things certainly have been different. We have to think carefully before we do things and…

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    Got Self-Doubt?

    No matter who you are, self-doubt creeps in at times. As a writer, I’ve recently been grappling with what’s known as the “muddy middle” of my first novel. The term refers to a spot authors find themselves in when they…

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    Blooming in Due Time

    Yesterday our family hit the highway for the first time in five weeks. Here in New Jersey, we are on a shelter at home order due to the surge in COVID-19 infections in our state. We decided on a drive…

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    Learning to Write Without Fear

    Welcome to www.tracygcooper.com! I'm here because I got hurt in 2015 while training for my first half-marathon. Shortly after that race, a diagnosis that changed my life gave way to an unexpected passion.