Would You Maim a Buddy?

Now, hold on. I don't mean that the way it sounds, I promise! I like to read the author's notes and acknowledgements in books and Lisa Gardner's notes for Touch and Go were fascinating. I loved finding out how many characters in the book were named after real people....more
I don't think I could nominate someone, that would be so strange! 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
I wish I had the confidence I had in high school, especially my senior year. I left school ... more

Knowing Isn't Always Enough

In Lisa Gardner's new thriller, Touch and Go, the characters really knew better than to do many of things they did. The kidnappers knew that kidnapping a whole family was wrong. Libby knew taking drugs to numb the pain wasn't a good thing. Knowing something is right isn't always enough....more
I think we all at some point do things that we know are not the right choice. I think maybe we ... 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
This was something I thought about throughout the whole novel. I don't know if I would want to ... 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
I was in high school from 97-01, so it was Foo Fighters, Everclear, Incubus, Sublime, and of ... more

Cooking Through Your Family History

While perusing Facebook after the holidays I saw this great post from my favorite local cupcakery (yeah, I made up a word, what?), Sweet!, about handwritten recipes. ...more
@brieccles I wish I would have received these as a bridal gift! It's such a great idea. more

What Would You Do If You Couldn't Fail?

Brene Brown's Daring Greatly made me think a lot about failure. When we make ourselves vulnerable we open ourselves to a lot of things, some good and some positive. One of the things that we make possible when we do this is something many people, myself included, fear -- failure. When we make ourselves vulnerable we risk failure and that is a heady, wonderful, terrifying thing. ...more
I'm really not sure what I would do. I think maybe I would lean more towards the athletics, ... more

Vulnerability and Shame in the Workplace

As we've discussed, feeling vulnerable is hard and frequently scary. The vulnerability hangover? It sucks. When I was reading Daring Greatly I was very wary of what Brene Brown was going to say about vulnerability in the workplace. It's a mixed bag for me. There are workplace environments where I've felt pretty darned comfortable with vulnerability and others where I avoided it like the plague. To my surprise, I found myself nodding right along with a lot of what Brown had to say about being vulnerable at work. ...more
Vulnerability at work is such a tricky thing, especially for women. There is such a fine line ... more

What If Your Mother Forgot About You?

In Liane Moriarty's What Alice Forgot, we get input from a few different characters besides Alice. There are also Elizabeth's letters to her therapist and Frannie's letters to her dead fiance. I found myself wishing that we also could hear from Alice's oldest daughter Madison....more
Madison's point of view would have been so interesting to read. You could get an outside ... more

Time for an Update: How to Give, Ask For or Receive Style Advice

Most of us have a friend or family member who always seems to be stuck in a style rut. Unfortunately, and sometimes even despite their best efforts, these loved ones do themselves no favors dressing the way they do. And it's not just about the clothes; wearing outdated styles can often disguise the beauty hidden beneath. Maybe it's time to help them understand just how much they can shine with just a few updates to their look. ...more
I truly suck at giving advice, but I love getting it. Check out my post on the ... more