Barbara Boehm Miller
Fiction writer and creator of the character, Lola Rolls

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Good Lessons from a Bad Dog

They want to know if you are a good dog. “Who’s a good dog?” they ask, and they press the point with single-minded insistence, “Is it you? Is it?” Your people, the ones you live with, the ones you love, take you to a place called “boarding,” where they want you to stay with the […]

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Corona Diaries

  Nowhere to go and nothing to do: every day like the one before. And yet, I can’t complain, although I do so anyway with persistent, bitter pleasure, because we are healthy and employed, able to find most of what we want and need with only minor inconvenience. The pandemic, at its heart, is about […]

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Insider Languages of Outsiders

When people find out I have twin daughters, they often ask if the girls ever had a secret language, or, as it is more formally known, cryptophasia. The answer is no, which is nearly always a disappointment to the questioner. A firsthand account of a language so small and self-contained that it has only two […]

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Friday, October 4, 2019

International Translation Day

Welcome to the first entry of my new blog about language, writing, and, well, just life in general. International Translation Day seems like an auspicious starting point. As a professional translator of a shocking number of years, if I really stop to count them, it’s an important occasion for me, even if I do only […]

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