Books, family, Life, Maybehedoesnthityou, Motherhood, speaking up, Women

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

I have made many mistakes in my life. But having seven children and homeschooling are not any of the mistakes. To erase or to manipulate my history in one swift time machine trip would be to erase the good with the bad.
I am who I am. I fight for others. I own my choices and stand firm against abuse. I am not a victim. I am whole.

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Books, Life, Maybehedoesnthityou, Women

I am strong. I am safe. I am brave. But….

Cheryl Strayed, in her book Wild,  describes her journey, hiking across one side of the U.S. while facing her ‘demons’. She wrote that she told herself that she would change the script that many women are told. She told herself that she was strong, safe, brave. I liked that. It fit my script, that dialogue… Continue reading I am strong. I am safe. I am brave. But….

authors, book reviews, Books, Christmas, Life

An almost Christmas sampler: Books of 2017

Above all, remember why it is that we who are readers read. It may be because: 
“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.” – Ernest Hemingway

authors, Books, childhood, compassion, family, Life, Unschooling

Divergent…and other stories

We, like the young adults that YA fiction is written for, begin to understand more of our complex world and more of the complexity of others. YA fiction pushes us towards positive change. 

authors, Books, Careers, Goals, Life, life hacks, self-help

Self-help yourself

In Bridget Jones’ Diary, Bridget wonders why her parents and their generation seem to have it all together. She wonders why they don’t seem to suffer the angst and worry of herself and her friends. Maybe, she ponders, maybe this happens because they didn’t and don’t read self-help books.

authors, Books, Travel

All roads lead to Austen?

Are you a Jane Austen fan? I am. And I have often wondered how the simple stories of villages and the fate of women can hold so many generations.

I think it comes down to style. Jane has a quiet satirical style. For her novels are not really romances (though Hollywood might disagree). Romances are  not enough to hold my attention. And, I think, the attention of generations. Instead, her novels tell of the raw  life of women – in her time, and in ours.

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What should we read, right now?

Dolores Umbridge: I am sorry, dear, but to question my practices is to question the Ministry, and by extension, the Minister himself. I am a tolerant woman, but the one thing I will not stand for is disloyalty.
Minerva McGonagall: Disloyalty?
Dolores Umbridge: Things at Hogwarts are far worse than I feared.