Author Jeffrey Zaslow Dies in Car Accident at 53

Best-selling author and journalist Jeffrey Zaslow died February 10 in a car accident in Michigan. He was 53. His loss is felt keenly in the BlogHer community. We had the privilege of working with Mr. Zaslow, and his most recent book, The Magic Room, was one of our BlogHer Book Club selections. ...more
Sad to hear this news. I hope The Magic Room is a book his daughters cherish. I believe it was ... more

The Repercussions of Unanticipated Acts

Sometimes the things that stick with me from a book are the little things -- the throwaway comments and observations that on the surface really don't have a lot to do with the story being told. Yes, I can be a bit random and it's only fitting that one of the things that is sticking with me from Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters really has nothing to do with wedding gowns, marriage or even love. I am talking about unanticipated acts. ...more
Everything happens for a reason and every decision is a part of that reason. I'v ehad several in ... more

On Setting & Structure in Narrative Nonfiction

How do you structure a nonfiction narrative? Where do you set it? Until you can answer these two questions, you really can’t start writing your book. ...more
Thanks for the great explanation about the importance of setting. more

The Love We Wish For Our Sons

Jeffrey Zaslow wrote The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters because he has three daughters whom he loves very much. He is an involved parent who cares so much that his daughters know this that he wrote this book and dedicated it to them. I have nothing but respect for that, but at the same time I have to wonder -- what about the love we wish for our sons?...more
Great things to think about for sure. I hope that when my son is old enough to find a bride he ... more

Have You Been to the Magic Room?

The big moments in Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters might remind you a bit of an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. The bride enters a special room with what she hopes is the dress that she will wear at her wedding. When the dress is right, it's a powerful moment. One that I have not experienced. ...more
I remember my shopping experience looking for the perfect wedding dress. I carried around a ... more

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

I had been looking forward to reading Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake for months. I started hearing buzz for it last winter after Nancy Pearl recommended it at the PLA Conference. It made my list of hot summer reads. It turned out to be a rather different book than I was expecting. ...more

I'm about 1/4 of the way into this book and think I'm going to stop. I just am not buying the ... more

Cloth napkins for kid's lunches - feedback needed

I have been using, making and selling eco-friendly reusuable snack bags for a year now. I started because I wanted snackbags for Charlie to take to Pre-K that were different from the usual zippy plastic bags. At his Pre-K all the snack bags were put in a big basket for the kids to pass out at snack time. I wanted Charlie's to be easy to recognize even with his name on it. I started pricing the bags and thought "Holy Cow! I can make these for less money" and so I did. Charlie is starting Kindergarten this year.

Interview With Heather Armstrong: Why She's at the White House

BlogHer caught Heather on the move in Washington for a quick interview about what she hopes to accomplish in today's forum. ...more

I have to say that I would love to be on this invite list. There are many reasons to be jealous ... more

It's Not Me, It's You - the Art and Sadness of Friendship Break-ups

Years ago, during a particularly difficult time in my life, I spent the day with a friend. She didn't have a car, so I picked her up and took her to lunch and shopping in a nearby city. She complained all day long. She had to walk to work. She hated living in the city. The grocery near her was terrible. And oh, enough about her - what did I think about her? I was a counselor - didn't I have any advice? She never asked me how I was doing, or responded to anything I said about how much my life may or may not have sucked at the time. ...more

All of these comments are soo good. There is so much joy in friendships, but there can be pain. ... more

Where Will We Ever Find Part-Time, Professional Work?

Recently I ran into a former colleague of mine in my company’s parking garage. I knew she’d recently had a baby, but I couldn’t remember when. I recognized the frenzied look of a new mother who’d only recently begun leaving her babe in daycare. We started talking, and I realized this was her first week back to work. My stomach lurched for her. Even after three and a half years, I still get that feeling sometimes, but that first week back, I felt physically ill all day long. ...more

I totally agree with your post today. I am currently looking for a new full-time job because ... more