"I have no idea how to get in touch with anyone anymore. Everyone, it seems, has a home phone, a cell phone, a regular e-mail account, a Facebook account, a Twitter account, and a Web site. Some of them also have a Google Voice number. There are the sentimental few who still have fax machines."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Susan Orlean on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Susan Orlean on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Susan Orlean on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Susan Orlean on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Susan Orlean on Robert Frost
"I once had a boyfriend who couldn't write unless he was wearing a necktie and a dress shirt, which I thought was really weird, because this was a long time ago, and no one I knew ever wore dress shirts, let alone neckties it was like he was a grown-up reenacter or something."
"One of my favorite activities as a teen-ager was to watch television over the phone with my best friend."
"My ace in the hole as a human being used to be my capacity for remembering birthdays. I worked at it. Whenever I made a new friend, I made a point of finding out his or her birthday early on, and I would record it in my Filofax calendar."
"I want a chainsaw very badly, because I think cutting down a tree would be unbelievably satisfying. I have asked for a chainsaw for my birthday, but I think I'll probably be given jewelry instead."
"I want to let my friend Buster know that I would like to have dinner with him tonight. Does Buster work at home? Then how likely is he to have his cell phone on? Is he one of those people who only turns on his cell when he's in his car? I hate that."