Isabel Gillies

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  • Born: February 9, 1970
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author, Former Actress

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Accounts of eating Christmas sweet potatoes baked in ashes and jackrabbit stewed with white flour dumplings are testaments to pioneer resilience and pleasure - and they help inspire my own best scratch cooking.
After I clean my face, I use combinations of sweet-almond, meadowfoam, grape-seed, coconut, black-currant, and argan oils to hydrate. Argan is probably my favorite for my face.
Anita Shreve is an author I adore. I rip through her meaty books and get off on the robust romance immensely - especially if I am feeling less than robust in my real life. Life
As moisturizers, oils rapidly penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, protecting against the breakdown of proteins in the cell wall with fatty and linoleic acids, mimicking what our bodies produce naturally. The oils also function as humectants, which help our skin retain moisture.
Growing up, I'll always remember knowing from movies and TV that there was a possibility that you wouldn't fall in love. I always thought, 'Oh my God, I hope I'm not that person.' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Hope ;Religion & God
I am not a writer, but I have been told I write good emails.
I didn't think anything I wrote was going to get published. I'm a dyslexic kid who had tutors through college. But I had a very strong impulse to write.
I don't think anyone would bat an eye if I wrote a song.
I dropped off my kids from 10 to 2, went to the library, and just wrote. This is my second career - I'm 41 - and I'm a terrible speller.
I had been living in Ohio in my own house with my own life when my marriage abruptly came to an end. I had nowhere to go with my two sons, very little money, and not much to do in Ohio except be someone's ex-wife. My parents instantly and very generously invited my family to move back home to New York, where I could begin again. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
I love memoirs and biographies, learning about other people's lives. Two of the ones that I loved so much were actually edited by the same person who edited my book, too. I loved 'Angela's Ashes.' I loved 'Glass Castle' so much. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love teenagers. I loved being a teenager. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I really think the human experience is very similar for everyone; we're all doing slightly different versions of the same thing.
I think even if you haven't been divorced, you can hopefully relate to having to navigate through a really difficult time and see how you can get through to the other side and how you can stay positive, even if there's some really bad stuff happening. Time
If you are heartbroken and can't face the world, you need something with a fantastic plot. You won't be able to read anything boring because your attention span when you are heartbroken decreases by three-quarters.
In New York, everybody looks great and is well dressed, but seeing someone in Ohio wearing Marc Jacobs is like spotting an owl in Central Park. Rare.
It was a long time ago: 'Angela's Ashes' by Frank McCourt. It was a great story that was lasting, and I loved it so much. I also love Nora Ephron. I gobble up everything she writes. Also, I love Anthony Bourdain, very irreverent and funny. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Humor
It's not easy to slather your face with oil. It requires a little bit of work to smooth it on and rub it in. You become more familiar with the feel of your own skin and face. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I've always been the person at the table who is like, 'I have this weird rash. Anybody else have this?'
I've always liked the idea of memoirs, going into someone else's life, going through someone else's day and getting out of your own head. Life
Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House' series is a national treasure, beloved by generations. But what I love most is the peek it provides into the planting, harvesting, hunting, and preparing of the foods that America's settler families ate in the late 1800s. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Life is funny, at the same time being totally harsh. Life ;Time ;Humor
My mother has always been a worker bee, but she's also a serious foodie.
My mother worked full-time running a foundation, but she found all the time in the world to have supper ready every night, feed us shirred eggs on the weekends, and produce a leg of lamb for my fourth-grade Bedouin feast at school. Time
No one is all good or all bad, and there's many different ways to go about your life. Life
Reading cookbooks will help with just about anything in your life, including heartbreak. Life
Skeptical of strangers, lobstermen are keepers of secrets, working in the howling wind and hot sun, the icy snows, and bewildering fog. When I was growing up, the lore was that they had the right to shoot anyone who messed with their traps.
Sometimes it makes me sad that I didn't get to have one family for my entire life. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
Sprinkling drops of lavender and clary-sage oil into a bath is a totally simple yet complex pleasure.
The Oberlin/Cleveland area is where the underground railroad came out, so it's an interesting historical place. I love Ohio and really loved Oberlin. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Therapy is therapy. Writing is for writing.
There are a lot of great love stories. It's just the best thing. Why wouldn't you write about it? Why wouldn't you want to read about it? But it's hard to write about. It's weird to have such a powerful and universal feeling and hope that you can write that and make it real for people. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Hope
There has never been a shrimp that I've eaten that I haven't been like, 'I am so lucky that I get to eat this.' I would eat a shrimp enchilada, shrimp burrito, shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp, shrimp po boy, shrimp gumbo.
When I think of the moment I knew that my marriage to Josiah would end, there were a few moments before I really, really knew. I probably knew, when I saw my ex-husband and his now wife - then colleague - having tea together in his office, that something was amiss. Families, Children & Parenting
When I was growing up, my mother worked, and in the evenings, the whole family would sit around the dinner table and recount the day. Families, Children & Parenting
When you have a traumatic event in your life, you change. You're not the same person you were, and you have to discover who you've become. Life
When you work alone at home, time can become shapeless. There are no eleven o'clock meetings or afternoon coffee breaks. The light outside may clue me in to what part of the day it is, but if all is going well, the hours bleed together. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When your heart is broken, you feel like no freaking book in the world could help you because a book is not the person who you love, who doesn't love you. However, books help, if only because they serve as something you can hold in your hand and throw across the room in agony. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You find out what you are made of when you have a broken heart. If it happens early and often, all the better.
You see, I am friends with a lobsterman. Because we are friends, which feels lucky anyway, I get access to the most amazing fish. It's like having a backstage pass - a culinary jackpot that feels almost undeserved.

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