Permission To Be You

The road to self-acceptance can be a rocky one with lots of twists and turns. When I think back to some of the paths I attempted as a teen I kind of cringe. In her memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson got some help on that path thanks to her father, a turkey named Jenkins, and an incident in the public school library....more
I do...most of the time. I like that Jenny shares both the highlight reel and the imperfections, ... more

Laugh So Hard You Scare People

I've been staring at my computer trying to figure out how to explain Jenny Lawson's memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, to people who are unfamiliar with her blog, TheBloggess.com. It's difficult because I've been reading her blog since at least 2007, but I'm going to try. ...more
My mom and I were on a church women's retreat and I was reading at night and laughing so hard I ... more

What is Your Confidence Wig?

There are days when we all need a little help -- a confidence boost. When we are in a situation that makes us nervous or anxious a little thing can make big difference. Jenny Lawson has found things that help deal with her anxiety disorder. She documents many of these in her memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, and one of my favorites is something that we can all do in our own way -- confidence wigs. ...more
I don't think I have a confidence wig, per se, but I know that there are times I feel more ... more

Bowls Versus Trash Cans

When you begin sharing your life with someone, you discover differences in family traditions. Sometimes they are foreseeable and other times they take you by surprise. Jenny Lawson recounts many of these in her memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, including the time she discovered she had been sitting on couches wrong....more
My husband always says that he's seen me throw up more than cry and it's SO TRUE. I don't do a ... more

What's Your Favorite Funny Childhood Memory?

In between laughing at Jenny Lawson's recounting of her childhood memories in her memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, I found myself comparing it to my own childhood. We didn't have raccoons in the bathtub, but my uncle totally had a raccoon for awhile. Alas, no one thought to make it jams. It did make me remember a few other childhood memories, particularly those involving wild animals....more
I have a lot of funny memories and a few that are a little...uh. Well. Moments that will be ... more

Considering What Unites Us

While I read Alex George's A Good American I thought a lot about what it means to belong -- to a church, a town, a country, a family. Frederick didn't belong to Jette's social strata, so they had to leave their homeland in order to be together. When they reach America, they do not end up in the town they intended to settle in, but they put down roots there....more
I'm one of those random people--I think that I tend to have lots of connections in weird places. ... more

Gastronomic Mosaics & Culinary Road Maps

Food quickly becomes important to the story in Alex George's A Good American. Before the Meisenheimers ever open the restaurant, Jette finds herself homesick. She turns to the meals she ate in her homeland for comfort. She didn't have recipes passed down from her mother or even a cookbook to turn to. Through a process of trial and error, she made her way through the food in memories until they existed on her table. ...more
Loved the food in this book. Although I was kind of sad when Jette gave up the more German food ... more

What's Your Favorite Funny Childhood Memory?

In between laughing at Jenny Lawson's recounting of her childhood memories in her memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, I found myself comparing it to my own childhood. We didn't have raccoons in the bathtub, but my uncle totally had a raccoon for awhile. Alas, no one thought to make it jams. It did make me remember a few other childhood memories, particularly those involving wild animals....more
Great memory! I think my crazy childhood memories are the best. They make life interesting and ... more

How Your Social Media Habits May Affect Your SEO

You might be surprised to learn that your social signals, or, how effective you are in social media, is playing an increasingly important role in your search engine optimization. ...more
Super helpful, Elaine! I'm glad people like you learn FOR me. :) more

Is Your Life an Opera?

In Alex George's A Good American music is important to the lives of the characters and is integral to the plot. Jette and Frederick meet when he serenades her in a park. They find help in New Orleans from someone that Frederick met through music. This same man will come back into their lives and greatly impact their future. Frederick and Jette's sons and grandsons are all singers....more
Just not a reality show, please, not that. I think mine would be a comedy of errors, maybe. Or ... more