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Nonfiction Book Review: The Secret Life of Sleep

A deeply yawning face fills the cover of The Secret Life of Sleep, a book that will capture the attention of anyone who has trouble sleeping. Author Kat Duff has chosen to address this topic in part because sleep issues affect such a high percentage of people today.… Read more

Nonfiction Book Review: Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed

As someone who has been tracking the childfree choice for over 15 years now, when new books on this topic come out I read them with great interest. One of the latest is writer Meghan Daum’s Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision NOT to have Kids.… Read more

The Perils of Pushing the Limits of Longevity

The recent “Longevity Report” in TIME magazine may make us marvel at how scientists are “toying with ways to manipulate genes and pull out aging cells, all in a race to find a way to extend longevity to its outer limits.” On one level, medical technology that may just make it possible to live to be 142 years old is amazing.… Read more

LiveTrue Book Nonfiction Book Review: The Kickstarter Handbook

Do you have a dream, passion, idea or project which you would love to accomplish, if only you had the funds to make it happen? Have you considered an online fundraising campaign? Many quirky, unique and personal dreams have been fulfilled by those who have discovered and taken advantage of the new online fundraising platforms.… Read more

Nonfiction Book Review: Does Altruism Exist?

In his book, Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson takes on the intriguing and much debated question of whether people serve others out of genuine concern for their welfare or if all charitable actions stem from some form of self-interest.… Read more

How the Childfree Plan for End of Life

What are you going to do when you get old? As much as I hate this question, I love how creative the childfree have been in their response to this. Not by words but by actions. Recently the New York Times featured an article about childfree...Show More Summary

Ever Thought About Writing an Op-Ed? Here are Some Tips

Do you enjoy reading op-eds? Have you ever thought about writing one?  Writing them is not as easy as it may seem, and to get them accepted for print is competitive business. Why? The op-ed pages of major newspapers are read by businesspeople, scholars and those at the highest levels of government.… Read more

LiveTrue Book Review: The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion

How could a collection of personal essays about “unspeakable acts that teach no easy lessons” not peak one’s curiosity? It did mine. So did author Meghan Daum’s comment of her book, The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion: “I suspect this is the kind of book that winds up being loved and hated in equal measure.… Read more

Public Speaking Skills: The Art of the Acceptance Speech

Every year I try to catch the Academy Awards, of course with interest in the nominees, but also how the Oscar winners give their award acceptance speeches. You’d think that actors would be decent public speakers – and many are – but not so much in one particular public speaking area – acceptance speeches!… Read more

Nonfiction Book Review: Creativity: The Perfect Crime

In 1974, Phillipe Petit illegally walked a tight rope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and set himself apart with his unique formula of boldness and skill. With the fame of such an audacious feat and the many other impressive talents he possesses, Petit began a speaking tour presenting his approach to creative problem solving.… Read more

Washington, DC Haven for Childfree Singles

One more reason to become a lobbyist? The nation’s capital has long been a place that attracts young professionals. Now, information from local income tax data provides some specifics, with a snapshot of the different types of families across D.C. Show More Summary

Nonfiction Book Review: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

If you want to know yourself, as Socrates once advised us all to do, author Charles Duhigg suggests the place to start is with habits. In The Power of Habit, he makes a compelling case that we are, at bottom, the sum of our habits.… Read more

The Challenge of Finding a Truly Childfree Man...in Africa

I recently received an email from a 35 year old African woman from Nairobi, Kenya who wanted to share her story. I will call her “Kris” as she asked to remain anonymous. She is a good example how an “early articulator” feels and copes as she navigates in a pronatalist culture. Show More Summary

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