Challenge 2013 - 12 Books in 12 Months (Book 3)

After a children's book and a psychological study, I thought to dip a little bit into the genre of biography.. Well, this "biography" had still a good portion of fiction in it. The hard facts: Title: The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel Author: Maureen Lindley 288 pagesPublisher: Bloomsbury USA (2009)...more

Damn You,

My mom got a new Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. You might be thinking...Good for her! That's AWESOME! I, however, was filled with dread when I heard the news on Christmas morning. The only thought in my head was...Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! ...more
Oh my gosh, this was HILARIOUS! I have similar conversations with my mom (and my husband, who ...more

"The Kindness Of Strangers-Houston" by Tracey Jackson


Who needs a therapist? It's amazing what a little retail therapy can do to soothe the soul!

So, it's one of those rainy days in sunny San Diego.  I'm holed up in the house with two little girls and bored out of my mind.  What do I do?  Well while my two daughters partake in a PBS-feast, I log on to the Internet and start checking out some "sales."  Dangerous?  Yup.  Especially when you can find some great deals, i.e., no added costs (taxes) and free shipping.  But what else?  How about finding even more discounts?...more

15 Easy Ways to Sell Your Stuff for Cash

In the past I’ve shared how I’ve made money online through freelance writing, surveys, focus groups and various other ways. Those methods are just a drop in the bucket for ways to make money online. This list has links to places you can sell almost anything for a little (or lot) extra cash. You will likely need to take a few minutes to set up an account, but once you do you will be able to sell stuff that’s been sitting around the house for months or years. Browse through the list and see what you can sell for some quick cash. ...more

I really need to look into a few of these. We're de-junk-ifying this spring.

Thanks for the ...more

Prime Member (An Ode to Amazon)

Dear,Out of all the websites in the world, you are my favorite.You give free memberships to students, making ordering textbooks a breeze. You send them quickly so that I receive them before the start of homework assignments....more

What #Amazonfail Teaches Us About Social Media Firestorms

Social media conversation storms are swift, powerful and quickly growing, and studying them is a new science (which I, in no way, claim to have mastered). But I think it’s important to pay attention to them because they hold lessons on how we should respond to our own firestorms when they eventually arise. ...more

Thoroughly enjoyed the insight on this post. I'm going to refer back to it next time something ...more

Answering the Hard Questions-With Regards to

I wrote an impassioned, indignant blog post Wednesday about The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure being sold on  If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days and have no idea what I’m talking about, google “Amazon pedophile book.”  The book was later removed, thanks to thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of voices just like mine.  Voices small and loud, belonging to moms, dads, aunts, uncles, friends and more.  This one book was taken ...more listens to outcry and pulls lewd e-book

Power to the moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles who spoke up and said very loudly "ENOUGH!" ...more

Conundrum at Amazon

Originally posted at 11-11-2010I was going to take a break from blogging today.  Actually, I was going to be at work, starting early, and wasn't going to have time for blogging today, but my poor sitter is in the ER after having a bad reaction to a new medication, and so I'm here with my kids, praying that she recovers quickly (and not just for selfish reasons)....more