Why People Love to Get Lost in Books:

“Lifetime exposure to fiction predicts social skills such as perceiving what other people are thinking and feeling…”

Why Do We Get Transported by Stories We Know Are False?:

“The older parts of the brain evolved to see things, detect predators, manage emotions, and other, older cognitive skills. The newer parts of the brain are capable of reasoning and reflection. What this means is that only the newer parts (specifically the frontal lobes) “know” that what you’re reading is fiction. The older parts of the brain have trouble distinguishing real from fictional faces, and even true from false sentences!…

…The paradox of fiction is resolved because our minds are torn about the reality of what we’re experiencing.

Half of our minds believe these stories to be true.”

A Healthy Stepmother . . . and the importance of place:

“It is the space you occupy when you are being you, when you are fully engaged in the living in your stepfamily, when you are giving and receiving what is there to be given and received.”