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Dec. 29th, 2012 | 04:10 am

Thrilled to bits that my essay on Christmas and zebras was published today in the New York Times/International Herald Tribune!

Christmas for me is stressful enough that I spend it out of the country whenever possible. Spain or Mexico, with beautiful lights and Christmas markets in cathedral squares, are good compromises — I get the pretty parts of the season, but whatever commercialism is happening is in a language I don’t speak. But the best bet is somewhere in the developing world where December 25th is a holiday for only a handful of people.

That’s where I spent Christmas last year.

Read the whole essay here.

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blahblahblah, whatever

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from: kathrynrose
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:59 am (UTC)
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Brava! Congrats. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I'm THRILLED :)

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Kizzy

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from: xo_kizzy_xo
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 11:49 am (UTC)
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WOOO HOOOO!!!!!!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!!!!

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writerdoc

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from: writerdoc
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Congrats!!! That is fantastic! Great essay too, loved the zebra comparison. ;)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! We were trying to decide at the time, because there was constant, open staring, but it didn't feel hostile, what to call it!

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Pika the Brazen Ninja

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from: porn_this_way
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Oh hell yeah, way to go!! Many congrats :D

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!!!

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blink

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from: yachiru
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Awesome!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :) And just FYI, it encourages me to submit more knowing that you're on the list and you're submitting too :)

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Rowan

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from: mzrowan
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Wow! Fantastic!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I may have squealed when I got the email :)

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rePRobayt

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from: reprobayt
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Huzzah!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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medleymisty

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from: medleymisty
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Woo grats! That's awesome! :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!!!

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Donna

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from: dabhug
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!!

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SuperCAILEfragilistic

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from: caile
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Awesome!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :) I love how you combine creative with journalism, and that's what I'm aspiring to, too.

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java_fiend

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from: java_fiend
date: Dec. 29th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
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That is really fantastic. Congratulations!!! Stoked for you!

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Epiphanyrun

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from: epiphanyrun
date: Dec. 31st, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! The part about the zebras made me laugh. Hooray for you!

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Dec. 31st, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
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What a terrific essay! And congrats on the prestigious publication, as well.

Just discovering the concept of roadside "egg vendors" alone was fascinating, and the description of the movie theater was marvelous.

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