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Author Francine Russo on Siblings Caring for Aging parents

Staying on the theme of one’s later years – During the last year of journalist and author Francine Russo‘s diabetic mother’s life, her aging father and younger sister took care of her. Francine’s sister never asked her to do anything, and she didn’t volunteer.… Read more The post Author Francine Russo on Siblings Caring for Aging parents appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Having Kids is Terrible for the Environment (The Washington Post)

“Do you have children?” It’s a question I’ve gotten repeatedly in my travels, as cultures everywhere celebrate children and women’s ability to produce them. I don’t, nor do I plan to for reasons both personal and environmental. But not...Show More Summary

Getting Beyond Pronatalist Thinking in Our Later Years

In this Huffington Post piece, “Who Will Care for Us – the Aging, Childless and Single Population?” aging advocate Carol Marak writes, “Since adult children are the lifeblood of elder care, and I don’t have a child, it’s a concern for...Show More Summary

Critical Yet Invisible: On the Book, Picking Up

It takes many very important systems to make cities run. But of all of them, what system does anthropologist Robin Nagle say is the most important labor force in service to cities? Those who pick up our trash. In her book, Picking Up:...Show More Summary

International Childfree Day, Three Years Running

Last weekend on August 1st marked the third year of celebrating International Childfree Day and awarding the Childfree Man and Woman of the Year. How did it start? While running my blog, La Vie Childfree (which now lives here), learning...Show More Summary

The Art of Essay Writing: Q&A With Meghan Daum

I recently had the pleasure of asking essayist Meghan Daum about the art of essay writing. Meghan is the author of four books, most recently the original essay collection, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She is also...Show More Summary

A Key Phase in Manuscript Refinement: Beta Readers

You have finished your draft manuscript, worked with an editor on developmental and line edits, and hired a proofreader who has done one round of proof. You’re feeling great about your book, and thinking you’re done, right? If you’re...Show More Summary

What Good Fiction and Nonfiction Have in Common

What do fiction and nonfiction have in common that make both work? Eric Nelson, an editor turned agent, has some good wisdom. In a word: It’s all about choice. For fiction, Nelson says when it comes to what makes for plot, it’s all about...Show More Summary

July 11 is World Population Day

World Population Day ” is coming up; it’s an annual event observed on July 11, and seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. Show More Summary

Why So Many People Dream of Writing a Book

Brian Tracy International claims 82 percent of adults dream of writing a book. I believe it! Last year it conducted a survey of 1100 people on their main reasons for wanting to write a book. What did the survey find? Check it out: To...Show More Summary

How to Create a Zero Waste Home

Today, our modern lifestyle includes so many ways to get things done faster and make life more convenient. Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste by Bea Johnson helps us recognize the huge...Show More Summary

Will the Pope Talk Overpopulation & I=PAT?

As I am sure you have seen in the media, the Pope’s “papal encyclical” is due out tomorrow. As CNN explains, “Derived from the Greek word for ‘circle,’ a papal encyclical is a letter from the pope to Catholic clergy and laypeople around...Show More Summary

Has Birth Control Made Us Richer and Happier?

After reading Amanda Marcotte's recent article in Rolling Stone titled 5 Ways Birth Control has Changed America, I had a little gratitude moment that I was born 2 years before the birth control pill was available in America.Had I been born even 25 years earlier things might have been very different for me. Show More Summary

On the Book, How Many is Too Many?

What books had you so absorbed you found them hard to put down? One for me: the first edition of Man Swarm. When it comes to learning about the many ways overpopulation harms wildlands and wildlife, this book rocked my world.… Read more The post On the Book, How Many is Too Many? appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Keeper Quotes From Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

The new book, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot takes on the our ballooning population in a unique and visually hitting way. With provocative photos from around the world, OVER (for short) presents a collection of photos that...Show More Summary

97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement

Jane Ziegelman, Director of a culinary program in New York City’s Tenement Museum, uniquely captures immigrant history in 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement.The families in this book come...Show More Summary

Get Energized & Heal with the Book, The Best Things You Can Eat

The more research that is done on illness, the more we discover what a powerful role food plays in our health. From the increasing availability of organic food to better ingredient labeling (e.g., whether a product is GMO, gluten free,...Show More Summary

Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice?

The release of Meghan Daum’s new book, Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed, has spurred another swell of online media, posts and threads on not having children by choice. In the last 15 years, we have seen a good number of media waves on this topic.… Read more The post Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice? appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Childfree Thoughts on Mother’s Day

My grandmother and my mom As Mother’s Day rolls around each year, I find myself of mixed minds. Don’t get me wrong; I love my mother (to your left) and would celebrate her and how she raised my brother and me any day of the week.… Read more The post Childfree Thoughts on Mother’s Day appeared first on Laura Carroll.

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