No Winners in the 'Baby' Veronica Case

I want to get riled up, to get angry that 'Baby' Veronica has been returned to the adoptive parents. But I can't. I knew the story would take this turn, would end up in this way with the Capobiancos, the family who had custody for her first two years of life, coming out as victors and Brown, her biological father who fought for custody, as, simply put, the loser. But let's be point blank about this fact: There are no winners in this case. ...more
I was at such a crossroads with this one.  As an adoptive parent, V's biological father ... more

Can't Make It to BlogHer '13? Join BlogHer at Home!

We know there are a lot of you who can't make it to BlogHer '13, but we don't want you to miss out on everything! I look forward to connecting with you on Twitter, but there's more to BlogHer at Home -- like giveaways! ...more
Finally BlogHer is close to me again, and I can't even go!! I am so bummed about not going- ... more

Friends Help Make Breakups Bearable

I don't think there's really any way to say it except this -- breakups suck. Whether you are prepared for them, are the person doing the breaking up, or if you are blindsided by them, they just simply suck. We might pretend everything is ok and go through our days telling everyone that we are just fine, but friends know better. They know when we're lying to them and when we're lying to ourselves....more
I haven't been thru a breakup- I married my high school sweetheart (1st real boyfriend) and ... more

Using Texts To Strengthen Your Relationship

I firmly believe that technology had changed how we do relationships. When we are apart from our loved ones we don't just have to rely on phone calls and letters. We have emails, social media, and yes, even text messages at our disposal as a means to communicate. Sometimes it's easier to put our thoughts out via text than it is in person, as Sophie Morgan discovered in Diary of a Submissive:...more
I have always been a fan of the written word.  We've been married 17years now and some of our ... more

Magic Pills

Have you ever wished that there was a magic pill you could take that would just make everything better? A pill to make you happy? A pill that would nourish you so that you didn't have to eat? Those pills exist in Ally Condie's Matched and they aren't all they are cracked up to be. ...more
The red pill really bothers me. I am not surprised that it doesn't work on everyone and I really ... more

Magic Pills

Have you ever wished that there was a magic pill you could take that would just make everything better? A pill to make you happy? A pill that would nourish you so that you didn't have to eat? Those pills exist in Ally Condie's Matched and they aren't all they are cracked up to be. ...more
@mommyboots oh honey, I want your pill too!! :) more

Using the Internet to Find Your Community

The process of finding your community has changed a lot since the internet came into being. It used to be that we'd have to head out in our actual physical community and attempt to find the people with the same interests as us. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. If it didn't work, you could feel very isolated. When the internet came along, we could find and connect with people that shared those interests from all around the world....more
My online community is my lifeline. My 6yr old has had a pacemaker since he was under 2yrs old. ... more

Real-Life Erotica: Diary of a Submissive

When I look back at 2012, I may very well remember it as the year everyone seemed to discover erotica. I've been reading romance book blogs for years, so I've always been a bit aware of what was happening in the world of erotica, but this year, it went mainstream. While it's been great to see readers expanding their literary circles, nonfiction erotica hasn't been as fully explored as fiction. Enter Diary of a Submissive, the true life history of Sophie Morgan. ...more
I think others have it the nail on the head. My problem with the book wasn't the sexual content  ... more

The Perfect Match

As one might expect in a novel named Matched, there's a whole lot of matching going on in Ally Condie's fictional world. Cassia's meals are a perfect match for her. She gets matched to the job that is the best for her abilities. But the main focus of this novel is on a different kind of matching -- Cassia also gets matched with the guy she'll marry....more
I don't have a lot of confidence and constantly second guess my decisions.. The idea of having ... more

A World Without Creativity: The Hundred

When I read Ally Condie's Matched there were a lot of things about the Society that kind of blew my mind. When the old world broke down, the Society that rose from its ashes decided that there had simply been too much of everything -- too much technology, too much freedom, too much culture. One of the things that disturbed me the most was the elimination of all culture and art beyond what was approved by the Society. ...more
There is no way  I can imagine a world where a committee was able to pick what they felt was the ... more