"The Chaperone" Chapters 17-21: So Much Good to Come

I think that the final chapters of Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone might be my favorite. It's the point where we see Cora decide to be the person we've caught glimpses of throughout the earlier chapters. We get to see Cora chuck propriety to the side and grab at happiness with both hands. Alas, if only the same could be said for Louise. ...more
It may be the idealist in me, but I kind of liked how it all "worked out" and the protagonists ... more

"The Chaperone" Chapters 9-16: The Window of the Future

Well, chapters 8-16 of Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone were certainly full of surprises! We've reached a point where there's no doubt the book is about Cora, and yet I find the scenes of Cora and Louise together the most illuminating. When we get glimpses of Cora in the future, it becomes clear that Louise had a tremendous impact on Cora's life....more
I am a hard reader to trick, and the Alan/Cora twist blew me away.  I felt such compassion for ... more

"The Chaperone" Chapters 1-8: Ignorance and Confusions

Laura Moriarty slowly eases us into Cora's life in The Chaperone. When we first meet her, it's a little bit easy to assume that Cora that is a typical 1920s housewife but there are little things at the edges giving hints that everything is not quite as it seems. I think the most telling bit of text in this section of the book is from when Cora's grandniece is having a conversation with her about the Ku Klux Klan....more
Cora is me.  Sure, she's older, but she's gut-reacting just like I would to Louise. Perhaps it's ... more

Lost Identity: Can I Be a Wife, a Mom and an Employee Right Now?

I have had multiple discussions with some of my friends about "wasted degrees" and being "just a mom" and not "contributing to the household" over the past few months. It's a hard thing to come to terms with, to make sense of at times. Brittany Ann at Living in the Moment recently shared her journey through working and motherhood, with a few military wrenches thrown in for good fun. It was interesting to read through her process to get to where she is today. ...more
@Nbalan I have these same fears. Will I ever go back? Is that part of me lost forever? Or ... more

Lost Identity: Can I Be a Wife, a Mom and an Employee Right Now?

I have had multiple discussions with some of my friends about "wasted degrees" and being "just a mom" and not "contributing to the household" over the past few months. It's a hard thing to come to terms with, to make sense of at times. Brittany Ann at Living in the Moment recently shared her journey through working and motherhood, with a few military wrenches thrown in for good fun. It was interesting to read through her process to get to where she is today. ...more
@ewenstrom It's funny because the feminist in me gets a bit riled up about the fact that we even ... more

Do You Know Your Natural Weight?

In their book Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, authors William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin suggest that we have a natural weight. They advocate that this natural weight is based on our genetics and that our weight is much harder to change than we've been led to believe. To put it simply, we have a weight we're meant to be and for many people it's simply not a size two. ...more
I hate that they include BMI at all when considering your "natural" weight. Honestly, as a ... more

"Diets Don't Work." Wait! What?!

In their book Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, authors William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin have a chapter titled "Why Dieting Doesn't Work." By the time I time I got to that chapter I had already realized I had misclassified this book as a "diet book" based on the cover. (I know, I know. We're not supposed to do that but admit it, you do it too.) Then the authors went even further -- they claimed that dieting can even cause us to gain more weight. ...more
I can't tell you how true this. The thinnest I've ever been, I was eating. Good, real food. ... more

This Means I Get To Use Real Butter, Right?

In the first section of William D. Lassek and Steven J. C. Gaulin's new book, Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, they look at how the American diet has changed in the past forty years. The authors say that one of the biggest changes we've made is taking a step away from saturated fats, which was supposed to to make us healthier. But has it? ...more
As a trainer, I've re-iterated over and over again that real food and good fats are not the ... more

Organize Your Bathroom in 3 Easy Steps

Chances are that when you think about getting organized, pictures of color-coordinated closets, alphabetized DVDs, and perfectly laid-out pantries readily come to mind. But there is one very important room in the house that usually is forgotten: the bathroom. ...more

What Do You Do When You Feel Stuck?

We've talked about how with each decision we make, we take a leap of faith. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. When Julie Klam's family move to a new neighbourhood and new building they hoped they were doing the right thing. It didn't turn out the way they'd hoped and as she discusses in Love at First Bark, she felt stuck. ...more
As a military wife, I've grown accustomed to moving every time we feel stuck. Currently, I'm ... more
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