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Ashleigh From Australia Talks The Baby Matrix

Meet Ashleigh from Australia. She recently read my book, The Baby Matrix, and I just have to share her review and experience titled, “Parenting as a Path to Fulfillment or an Assumption?” “As I continue my quest to find out more about parenthood and my life purpose I have been doing a lot of reading. […]

The book, Eat Now; Talk Later

Eat Now; Talk Later: 52  True Tales of Family, Feasting, and the American Dream by James Vescovi is one of the most unique collection of stories I’ve read in some time. Vescovi put together 52 short stories about his grandparents, Tony and Desolina Vescovi. They were born about 1900, grew up in Italian farming communities (that […]

July 11 is World Population Day

World Population Day “is an annual event, observed on July 11, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world’s population reached […]

State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability

Review by Ken Hanson In State of the World 2014, the Worldwatch Institute has collected essays from some of the leaders in the discussion of world sustainability. Under the direction of Tom Prugh and Michael Renner, more than 28 experts and scholars tackle the premise that “today’s sustainability crisis is much more a political problem […]

Shout Out For LiveTrue Book Reviewers!

In March I showcased three books for review here.  Thanks to Adam Pober, for reviewing Believe It! You Know an Atheist, and Kendall Hanson for his review of Stuffocation. Interested in reading a LiveTrue book, reviewing with by line and for cash? I’m looking for reviewers for these two interesting nonfiction books: Attached: The New Science of […]

A Book That Needs to Come Back Around: The Parent Test

A popular pronatalist assumption is that we’ll just “know” how to parent when we have children.  The truth is we see far too many people who are unfit parents. Rather than think we’re all supposed to be naturally good at it, when it comes to how we think about parenthood there have been some smart […]

Think You Have No Time For That Writing Project? Think Again

What is the biggest challenge you think many of my new and aspiring writer clients say they face? Hint: They are often people who earn their living in another way, are raising families, and describe their lives as having a lot on their plate. You likely guessed it: They say their biggest challenge in reaching […]

Whose Side Are You On?

Our Guest Blogger, Melanie Holmes, offers her perspective as a mother who chooses to respect a woman's choices rather than pick sides. Holmes writes: Beyoncé is not “feminist enough.” bell hooks is “too feminist.” Some women are not “mom enough” because they don’t wear their babies, breastfeed, or co?sleep. Show More Summary

Finding and Feeling One’s “Voice”

Opera Legend Jessye Norman has new memoir out, and I caught a lovely interview with her by PBS Newshour’s Jeffrey Brown.  In it, I was struck by how some of the things she said about finding the sound and feel of one’s voice relate to writers finding their written “voice.” Check it out.     […]

Telling It True About the Prison System

Part of what “live true” means in my LiveTrue Book collection includes works that can be described as “telling it true.”  I am reading a book right now titled, Super Friends by Whitney Holwadel, that does just that. It’s a moving story, and a hard look at our federal prison system. As Whit’s father writes in […]

Kid Me Not , and a Slice of my Own Story

Have you seen the recently released book, Kid Me Not: An Anthology by Childfree Women of the 60s Now in their 60s.  Is that a clever book idea or what. And the life accounts in it give readers a good look into a generation of women making the childfree choice at a time when it […]

Over 40 and No Regrets!

They said you would change your mind. They said when you got older you would regret it. This is what we childfree folks hear all the time but studies and anecdotal evidence, including my original research for the Childless by Choice Project, tells a different story. Show More Summary

The New Book, Famous – But No Children

In author J.O. Raber’s words, Famous – But No Children “is about people who have made an important difference because they were more oriented toward making that difference than toward living the conventional life of rearing children. This is not to say that people with children have never made a difference; however, the accomplishments of […]

Talking Families of Two and The Baby Matrix on The Exchange Show

I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed on The Exchange Show. Host Dan Riley interviews “noteworthy people about their lives, ideas, and current events.”  Dan and I talked about how my book Families of Two came to be, an array of childfree topics and issues, my book, The Baby Matrix, the many ways we all are […]

Writer Anne Lamott On Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, this insightful piece from 2012 by writer Anne Lamott is sure worth the read. She explains why Mother’s Day “celebrates a huge lie about the value of women”: “I did not raise my son, Sam, to celebrate Mother’s Day. I didn’t want him to feel some obligation to buy me pricey lunches or flowers, […]

Wisdom of Salman Rushdie on Writing Memoirs

Ever thought about writing a memoir? A client of mine who is in the midst of writing a memoir passed on this insightful interview excerpt with Salman Rushdie at Emory University in 2011. He explains why the best of memoirs employ the novelistic technique. Check it out: He answers these questions: - Just like in novels, […]

Writing eBooks for Professional Purposes

Along with fiction and nonfiction pleasure reading, eBooks can serve as a powerful educational and marketing tool for all types of businesses. What’s one big challenge for many budding authors of eBooks? They have to learn to be writers. To those who aren’t writers, doing an eBook can feel like a daunting task. But it […]

The Latest in Happiness Studies: Go to the Library!

With all the happiness studies out there (for example, recall the all the hubbub about who’s happier, parents or the childfree?), here’s a new one related to book lovers – more specifically library goers. Check this out. NPR Books News by Annalisa Quinn has an interesting blurb today titled, “Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are […]

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