Jeff Goldblum’s character in the Big Chill was right about rationalizations – and here’s a juicy one. Pinterest is NOT a waste of time! The TexPat is an avid pinner – pursuing a maximal approach (in true Texan fashion) as opposed to carefully curating a perfect collection of pins. I pin everything that interests my eye as I plow through emails, blogs, articles and online research. The rationalization? As a writer Pinterest opens my mind and imagination; as a human being it connects me to people, places and sensory experiences outside of my suburban NYC cocoon. Pinterest is not just an escapist pastime to avoid the real world and real work. It has become my virtual visual library. My fiction and much of my nonfiction writing centers around my home state of Texas, and Pinterest takes me home when my life and budget don’t permit a visit. And it makes me happy – no small thing. Hopefully my last rationalization for the week.