The Heart Wants What It Wants, Even When It Hurts

It always started this way, with a three word text message and the awaited response.  It would come from either of us, out of the blue and then we would wait to see if the other had moved on to someone new.  I would anxiously hope not to be rejected.  I dreaded the day his four-word response would change....more
I have done this before. At some point you have to look hard at whether you're willing to be ...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
@abbynein Alas I never got to that point of faking it. I'm a bad actress. ;-)more

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
@laurelfain I kind of feel like most of the people we think have made it are still faking it to ...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
@sunny vegan Smart girls!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 had a friend who lived in a house that had cubby holes. I thought they were the coolest things ...more

Finding Beauty in a Harsh Existence

I spent a lot of time while reading Lisa Gardner's newest book, Touch and Go, trying to figure out Libby. She was broken but she also showed a resilience and strength that surprised me, as I believe it did her kidnappers. I appreciated the glimpses of her past that we received, particularly the one below:...more
@parentwin Absolutely!more

I Don't Know if My Kids Are Safe at School

I’m unsure how this is going to come out. There are so many emotions and questions and whatever else that I just really don’t know how to put a filter on it all. I’ve written before about the small town I live in. How it’s connected and homey. How I feel safe and rooted....more
I'm always a fan of the "surely there wasn't actually a gun on the bus, was there?" call to the ...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
@bethwagner Learning experiences instead of regrets -- I like that.more

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
@Cate from Sweetnicks Exactly!more

An Open Letter to Those Who Think Sandy Hook Is a Conspiracy

There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
@michael.landon25 Looks like your questions are all answered. I hope you consider using the ...more