Meg Lessard

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I Was Racially Profiled and This is What I Did

This morning, after I dropped the girls off at school, I donned my mom uniform (jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops, purse and sunglasses) and went out to run some errands. I needed to get them done and get home before noon because this weekend has the potential to be just ridiculously crazy-busy. I need to get prepared. So, off I went.       ...more
Shellireads No, coupons don't quite make this okay, do they? Adds insult to injury. Good for you ...more

How Senate Women Brokered a Deal on the Shutdown and Debt Ceiling

[UPDATE 9:55 pm PST: President Obama signed the deal ending the government shut down and avoiding the default, after the bill passed the House 285-144. --Grace} [UPDATE 5:20 pm PST: The Senate voted 81-18 to reopen the federal government and avoid debt default. House leaders expect to vote tonight. --Grace]...more
And for real laughs check out their so-called "science" section. "Why My Dog Eats His Poop," ...more

Which Books Do You Love?

One of the things that I loved most about Hazel, the main character in John Green's The Fault in Our Stars was her love of books. I was also envious that she had one book, An Imperial Affliction, that she loved above all others. There are many books I love, but there is no one book that I love above all others. ...more
I love To Kill A Mockingbird - a classic! It is one of those books that is timely and relevant ...more

Why I Wrote The Rules of Inheritance

In some ways I began writing this book a long time ago. I’ve always been a writer, ever since I was a little girl. Putting pen to paper, and later fingertips to a keyboard, is something I’ve always gravitated towards. When my mother died when I was eighteen, I had no idea how to process the loss, and so I turned to writing. It was the only way I could make sense of my new world, the one in which I was a girl without a mother. ...more
I too write about grief, a topic I've covered for the past 20 years. I've also lost my sister ...more

Love, Colin and Other Drugs

One of the things that I found the hardest to read in Claire Bidwell Smith's The Rules of Inheritance was not her mother's death. Or her father's death. Don't get me wrong, it was difficult to read about their deaths. It was also difficult to read about her addiction to alcohol. But it was her relationship with Colin that I really found the most difficult -- her beautiful, flawed relationship. I wanted her leave but I understood why she stayed. We don't always love things that are good for us. ...more
It is really hard.  I have a friend right now who's going through a situation where she's trying ...more

Should You Stay? Or Should You Go?

There were a number of times in Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, where she was faced with a seemingly easy decision -- should she stay? Or should she go? It's a decision we all face at some point and we all know that though the question is simple on the surface, deciding what to do is rarely simple. ...more
Of course! That relates to both relationships and jobs. But venturing into something new and ...more

This Is Part of Our Narrative

At times during her memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, Claire Bidwell Smith tells herself, and us, that a moment is part of her narrative. When it's something that she wants to remember, when it's something that she wants to feel, she marks it for remembrance. While I don't think it's anything that I've consciously thought of in that exact way, I knew exactly what she meant when she said it....more
So many defining moments, so many poor decisions, but each one has put me where I am today, and ...more

Sapphire's Resilient Child [SPOILERS]

The resilient child has a new avatar in Abdul, the main character in Sapphire's The Kid. Abdul is creating himself without any guidance, starting as we meet him at his mother's funeral,9 years old, his life torn away without much of an explanation. ...more
a/b, I think we both thought the same way about the book. So gritty, but a very compelling read.more

Snapfish at BlogHer 2011 – Join us!

This year, Snapfish by HP wants to celebrate great moments and photos with you.  We know how important photos can be to telling a story, creating a mood and expressing a feeling.  Share the best of your blog photography with us and you could be featured in the “Best of Blogs 2011” photo book.  Limited copies of the “Best of Blogs 2011” will be available for featured contributors to sign at our Snapfish BlogHer booth and will be ...more
I may be a little late to this party, but I would love to attend. I am definitely the digital ...more

The Kid Delves Inside a Delusional Mind Coping With Abuse

What lies would you tell yourself to survive? Sapphire took on a daunting task with The Kid. As a sequel to Push, she lets readers delve into the traumatized psyche of Precious’ nine-year old son after he was orphaned by her AIDS-related death and left to trade sexual abuse for facimiles of a home. ...more

I also read this for the BlogHer Book Club, and was particularly captivated and alternately ...more