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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 […]

Review of Stuffocation: How We’ve Had Enough of Stuff and Why You Need Experience More than Ever

By Kendall Hanson Some book titles just call out to your current situation. You can’t help but pick them up and read. Stuffocation by James Wallman is such a book. If you’ve recently cleaned out your closet, or jammed a hundred toys into a chest, or could no longer fit your car in the garage, […]

Review of Believe It, You Know an Atheist

By Adam Pober J. David Core sets out to write a book to fill a specific niche: a guide for the religious to understand the atheist in their lives. His book, Believe It, You Know an Atheist, does an admirable job with a difficult subject. Most current positive books on atheism aim to offer personal […]

Life lessons from Cosmo

I'll admit Cosmopolitan is an unlikely source for witty retorts the time that person at a party corners you and reals off the litany of hackneyed 'OMG you don't have kids! You don't know what you're missing' utterances.ARE YOU MY UNBORN...Show More Summary

Delving into Overpopulation Issues

As many of you may know, I am currently working on a book about overpopulation. Boy, am I learning a lot. Check out this graphic above on population growth in the United States. Fast growth, right? You got it. But the birth rates are low in our country, so there is nothing really to worry […]

The Different Faces of Editing

Editing means going through a document and catching and correcting errors, right? Wrong. Editor extraordinaire Renni Brown (she has been editing for 50 years) does a great breakdown of the three different kinds of editing:  Developmental Editing This is “big picture” editing. In nonfiction it means getting editorial feedback regarding “the impact of its content, its […]

Overpopulation: Check out this Excellent Documentary in the Making

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed for the upcoming documentary by Anchored Minds Productions: Sense & Sustainability. Written and directed by Michael and Amanda Connolly, this is going to be one great film about overpopulation. Here is the synopsis: In the words of Michael and Amanda: In the feature-length documentary Sense and Sustainability […]

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