This Bookworm Turns

When you start a book you should always finish it; otherwise you have wasted the author’s time and you have wasted your time.So said my favourite 6th Form English Tutor in days of yore and an edict I took to my young heart as unbreakable law.Which was okay and all until one reads that, statistically, one is unlikely to finish all the books one has sitting on one’s nightstand when one is aged about one and fifty....more

#274 Present, Day 3 of 31

Given that it's "fall back" tonight, I thought I would write about time.  I remember being a kid, and it seemed as though time passed by sooo slowly.  Remember that?...more

Social Media Time Management

A great deal of my work involves using the Web, so it’s not possible for me to unplug entirely. While in New York for BlogHer, I had some work to complete, and I was checking my phone for tweets, emails and texts to meet with people and respond to work-related matters.  Online time was always focused and brief, and I loved it. ...more

A Letter to Future Me: Remember How Much You Loved Them

Dear Me 20 Years From Now, I wonder if you've become one of those women who briefly lingers around, a safe distance behind, young moms carting their babies and toddlers through the grocery store with that far-off look in your eyes. If you gently smile at the mom when she looks up and catches your glance, obviously frazzled by how challenging taking 2 kids grocery shopping is, as if to tell her it's going to be okay. If you look at her and miss that time, want so badly to trade 5 minutes of the independence you have now that your kids are much older so that you can rest a toddler's head on your shoulder, or buckle a baby in their car seat, mindful not to pinch any belly chub in the harness....more
@trinalb Beautiful. Truly!more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake™” This is A Time of Awakening 6-25-12

Terrific contacts and alliances are being aligned for the future.New social connections bring rewards and support.Opposing Energies: Bored, stifled, inconsistent.Change the way you view your problems and challenges, and reflect on the opportunity to change your internal landscape.Wide Awake Words™ for today: Friendships, completeness, closure.This is a time of awakening and change in your life.A renewed sense of security from changes made will create comfort and joy....more


June 1st.  How did this happen?  Is it possibly the sixth month of the year already? This year has been a whirlwind.  I remember being a child and anxiously awaiting June and the end of the school year.  As a middle-aged adult, I want to find some way to slow down the clock as time just seems to slip away....more

Martin's Blog: Are You Dad Enough?

(Over the past ten years, my German husband Martin and I have blogged together on our Julie and Martin site. This is his recent post regarding magazine covers and how dads are represented or not in the media.)Maybe you have heard about the magazine cover featuring a mom nursing her three-year-old?I first heard about it on Facebook. Then Julie told me about it. And then we saw things about it on the news and on Saturday Night Live....more
My husband deeply appreciates this post. He hates how dads are portrayed by the media ... and ...more

Are You Mom Enough?

By now you have probably heard about or viewed the latest cover of Time magazine with the bold tagline "Are You Mom Enough" which not only presents an article on attachment parenting but has lit a supposed fire within the "mommy wars."Why is this cover story news? I have a few ideas....more