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We expend massive amounts of energy in pursuit of perfection. If only we could never make mistakes or encounter unpleasant obstacles, oh, wouldn’t life be just perfect? Maybe, but it would also be static, unfulfilling, and really, really boring.
Humorist Lisa Sugarman knows that life is a work in progress. She knows what we all suspectâ€”life is at its best when it’s fluid, unpredictable, and gloriously imperfect. And if this means life sometimes turns ugly and unpleasant, it only makes the good times that much sweeter.
Author of opinion column It Is What It Is, Lisa embraces reality, not perfection. We’re supposed to be imperfect. We’re meant to screw up, make bad decisions, and lose our way. We can’t control everything that life throws at us, but we can control how we react to it.
With the right attitude and a little guidance from Lisa, anyone can be happy and fulfilled most of the time. Her collection of funny, inspiring, and sometimes poignant columns reminds us that life is not a straight line, even on the best of days, and it’s the twists in the road which make the journey so beautiful.
Lisa Sugarman works, lives, and writes in Marblehead, Massachusetts, a small town of twenty thousand people crammed onto a small peninsula just north of Boston. She knows just about everyone in town, giving her a unique perspective as an opinion columnist for the local newspaper. Since 1991, she has written for a number of Boston-area newspapers, including the Canton Journal, the Randolph Herald, the Hingham Journal, the Cohasset Mariner, the Swampscott Reporter, the Jewish Journal, the Sharon Advocate, and the Stoughton Journal. Since 2009, she has authored the weekly opinion column It Is What It Is for The Marblehead Reporter and other GateHouse Media, Inc. publications.