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About ArLynn Leiber Presser | Face to Facebook

I just turned fifty. I live in Winnetka, Illinois.  I was at one point a waitress, a drill press operator, a roofer, a telemarketer, a lawyer, a somewhat lazy romance novelist and regional historian–I’ve done my time at Pizza Hut, Micky D’s, Burger King and two law firms.  Then I switched to being a mom which made me an automatic volunteer.  My son Joseph is a filmmaker in New York and my son Eastman is in the Timara program at Oberlin University.  they’re not at home.  They don’t need me.  I need to meet my friends because. . .
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I can and frequently do spend days not interacting with my friends in a “real” way.  I’m scared of travel.  I’m scared of flying.  I’m scared of just about anything outside my door.  I probably use facebook to keep in touch with my friends in a way that may be good or might just give me a false sense of intimacy.  I find MySpace a little jarring.  I am hopeless at Twitter.  LinkedIn makes me feel like an underachiever.

I will meet every one of my facebook friends this year and I figure I’m going to be surprised.  A lot.

 

12 Responses to About ArLynn Leiber Presser

  1. Laura Kashian says:

    Hello!

    You might not remember me, but I am the waitress that works at Mirani’s that gets you your stellas 😉

    First of all I love your website! I appreciate your fearlessness and willingness to experience the unknown!

    You had mentioned the other day that you were interviewing people to be your personal assistant. I know you hardly know me, but I admire your sense of adventure and I am a hard worker with quite a bit of experience in planning and traveling.
    I would love to have the opportunity to talk with you more about it, if the position is still available.

    Thanks, and I’m sure I’ll be seeing you soon. 🙂

    Laura

    • you’re in! i need all the help i can get. let’s talk after the twenty fifth luncheon. since that’s my biggest problem right now. keep checking in with the blog and thank you thank you thank you for the support! i’m terrified and excited but those are just two sides of the same coin of emotion. i just have to remember to flip the coin occasionally!

  2. Hello,
    I am a reporter for the Winnetka Talk newspaper. I’m interested in talking to you about your odyssey: the approach you are taking, its joys and its frights, the constraints you’re under . . .

    Please email me or call me at (847) 486-7365. I hope to hear from you before you hit the road.

    Kimberly Fornek
    The Winnetka Talk
    (847) 486-7365

  3. Alessandra Teixeira (Brazil) says:

    I think this text combines with you:

    THE CHOICE OF A LIFE
    (By Pedro Bial)

    At one point the film Crimes and Misdemeanors,
    the character played by Woody Allen says:
    ‘We are the sum of our decisions. ”

    That phrase settled into my gray matter and there never left.

    I share the skepticism of Allen:
    We are what we choose to be,
    The fate has little to do with it.

    Since we learned that small,
    When making a choice,
    We’re dropping another option and option in this web we weave
    so-called ‘my life’.

    No easy task.
    The moment we choose to be a doctor,
    If you’re giving up being an airplane pilot.
    By opting for the life of an actress, will be almost impossible to reconcile with the architecture.
    In love, the same thing:
    Dates to one another, and another,
    In an exciting back and forth of novels.
    And then comes a moment when it is
    I must choose between spending the rest of life without a formal commitment with someone,
    Just experiencing love
    And letting them go when not end,
    Or marry, and through
    Marriage establish a microenterprise
    With the right home ownership, household budget and responsibilities.
    Both options have their pros and cons:
    Living without ties and live with links …

    Choose:
    Drink till you drop or turn vegetarian and a Buddhist?

    All alternatives are valid,
    But there is a price to pay for them.
    I wish we could be a different person every 6 months
    Being married Monday to Friday
    And singles on weekends,
    Having children when you’re well-prepared
    And not have them when you are tired.

    Why is this important self-knowledge.
    Therefore it is necessary to read a lot,
    Listening to others,
    Internships in various tribes,
    Watch what
    Going on and not
    Growing prejudice.

    Our choices can not only intuitive,
    They have to reflect what we are.
    Of course it should reevaluate decisions and
    Change path,
    Nobody is the same forever.
    But these changes will route to add, not
    annul the experience of
    Previously traveled path.

    The road is long and time is short.
    Do not stop doing anything they want,
    But bear responsibility and maturity
    To cope with the consequences of these actions.

    Remember:
    Your choices are 50% chance to go right,
    But also 50% chance of going awry.
    ‘It takes great courage to confront their enemies. But it takes even more courage to face his friends. ”

    ‘Sometimes you need to forget the hustle and a little more attention in all directions along the path. The rush blind eyes. And we failed to notice so many good and beautiful things that happen around us. Sometimes we need is so close … We passed, we look but not see. It is not enough just to look. We must learn to look with eyes to see with the soul and enjoy with the heart. The first step is to be imagined. The second is to never forget that want to do is to do, just believe. “

  4. Fábio from Brazil says:

    http://tecnologia.terra.com.br/noticias/0,,OI4956444-EI12884,00-Americana+quer+conhecer+em+um+ano+todos+os+amigos+do+Facebook.html

  5. I am really enjoying your pages..so pleased I came across your blog..ELiza Keating

  6. I really want to learn about your Lawyer experience. you were a lawyer? when where? I am a Paralegal and it’s like impossible to get a job. Maybe you can motivate me? Please help? Jackie Paulson I love your write up on here.

    • you’re so sweet! it’s impossible the legal profession. more lawyers than jobs. hence, lawyers squeezing out paralegals and taking up jobs that would have gone to qualified paralegals. your passion is everything. only people who work their passion make it out of a great depression–and this is a great depression. you love writing. you love seeking out new things. i’m just making guesses here, but you love creating. do it and figure out how it will make you money. and yes, i was a commercial litigation specialist. made a ton of money. hated every minute.

  7. […] The writer Arlynn Presser will know by the end of the year all that has 324 friends on Facebook.  Her blog at:http://arlynnpresser.wordpress.com/about/ […]

  8. Eva Kulik says:

    I was in Walgreens the other day and noticed your book on the stand It was about Northfield and I saw you were the writer and I thought to myselve great Arlynn is writting again about our small towns beginning I thought it was really cool. Do what your good at enjoy your life and live it to the fullest girlfriend that’s all any of us can do. Keep walking because it makes you happy.I am taking a Zumba class at the Community house it makes me happy. I ran into a lady who was working on the benefit with us a Diana. Working out always makes me happy and you can meet interesting people as well. Take care keep busy and be happy.

    Love ya Eva Kulik

    • you sweetpea, i love you. you know i do. when i am back from this next trip (nine days) lets get together and take zumba even though i will be the clumsiest damn gal. or would you like to do boxing with me?????

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