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

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
I'm Amy. I couldn't attend this year due to a family obligation. more

Who Do You Want To Be?

When we first met Lissy Ryder in Jen Lancaster's novel Here I Go Again, she didn't know who she wanted to be. She was still focused on who she had been. Her high school days has been her glory days, so why should she want to be any different than she was in her teens? During the course of the novel she learns that if you stay who you were, you'll never become who you are supposed to be....more
In high school, I never imagined myself with kids. Couldn't picture it. Now I want nothing more ... more

Do We Ever Really Leave High School?

Lissy Ryder, the main character in Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, never really left high school. She hit her peak during those four years and stopped growing and reaching. When she discovered there is life after high school it was a complete and total shock. While we may not all be like Lissy, I still see references every week online to things being just like high school....more
I think that some people leave high school and move past it and others don't.  All in a variety ... more

Would You Like To Go Back In Time?

In Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, Lissy Ryder is given a potion that can help her right all her wrongs. Being the person she is, Lissy doesn't approach it cautiously. No, she throws it back like it's an espresso shot. When she wakes up and realizes she's back in the past -- back in high school -- she's elated. That would not be my reaction. ...more
I think that on the surface the idea is appealing. Would it be nice to go back and undo a few ... more

Lying About Birth: Yes, Kate Winslet Should Feel Ashamed

A friend recently brought to my attention, via Facebook, that Kate Winslet apparently just came out as having lied about having a natural childbirth when in fact she had an emergency c-section. She was embarrassed about having had the section. There seems to be a “c-sections are nothing to be embarrassed about” movement stirring up over this which I kind of think is ridiculous....more
The post that you link to states that she lied because she felt like a failure. As someone who ... more

Music Tells Your Story

One of the things I probably identified the most with in Jen Lancaster's Here I Go Again were the discussions between Lissy and Brian about music. When you are teenager, few things feel bigger than the music you listen to in high school. It becomes the soundtrack for that part of your life, and you carry it with you going forward....more
Honestly, I'm just not that "in to" music. It's more of a background noise for me than anything ... 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
@healthystrides  @mommyboots Yes, I imagined very bland, uninteresting songs and stories as well. 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
The thing about being matched for a career actually greatly intrigued me.  How many of us have ... 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
I think that the pills really drove home the control aspect of the society.  Something happens ... more