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Nonfiction Book Review: Everyone’s a Genius

According to author Jen Fraser, geniuses aren’t what we often assume. Instead of the rare few who have intellect far above the rest of us, they are the people who are capable of giving the world fresh, new concepts and ideas.… Read ...

Nonfiction Book Review: Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

This book will hit your heart and mind, hard. Author Katy Butler’s has written a moving and informative memoir that will stick with you and inspire contemplation. In Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, we intimately...Show More Summary

The Art of Childfree-Parent Conversation at Holiday Parties

I like to re-post this as holiday party time approaches… We’re  into the holiday party time of year, and at these kinds of gatherings often people’s kids are a major topic of conversation. When you don’t have kids (yet or are childfree), trying to chime in with parent friends, acquaintances, colleagues and their spouses can feel awkward and challenging.… Read more

Taking on Pronatalist Myths: Author Moms Who Get It

Melanie Holmes has a new book out titled, The Female Assumption: A Mother’s Story: Freeing Women From the View that Motherhood is a Mandate. Like author Madelyn Cain, the author of The Childless Revolution, Melanie is a mother. While...Show More Summary

Nonfiction Book Review: Women in Clothes

by LiveTrue Book Reviewer Melanie Davis Women in Clothes, by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton, is a literary art gallery. The book itself could be the centerpiece of a living room’s décor, nestled amidst eclectic art pieces complimenting the cover design.… Read more

What Thanksgiving and Being Childfree Have in Common

I like to bring this post back around at Thanksgiving time. What do Thanksgiving and being childfree have in common? Myths. Like the myths out there about the childfree, there sure are some myths about Thanksgiving. Check it out: InShow More Summary

Important Tips for Finding the Right Ghostwriter

Let’s face it. Many people want to write a book, but either do not have the time or writing skills to go about it themselves. The answer: Hire a ghostwriter. It may sound easy because you have many to choose from these days. … Read ...

Nonfiction Book Review: Unheralded Heroes

by LiveTrue Book Reviewer Melanie Davis The Introduction to Unheralded Heroes asks, “Are heroes made or do they just become one?” From that question, Thomas van Hees weaves a fascinating book filled with names and stories of those whose...Show More Summary

We Forgot to Have Kids: Gas Station Condoms and Childfreedom

It’s Friday night CFers! What’s on your sybaritic to-do list? Ain’t childfreedom a $#@%?!?! Okay, snark aside, I’m confident that you’ll have a wonderful evening (and weekend), especially once you check out Kevin B. Morrow’s (@kbmrg) lighthearted but sincere reflection on his childfree marriage. Show More Summary

Taking on Pronatalist Myths: Author Moms Who Get It

Melanie Holmes, has a new book out titled, The Female Assumption: A Mother’s Story: Freeing Women From the View that Motherhood is a Mandate. Like author Madelyn Cain, the author of The Childless Revolution, Melanie is a mother. While...Show More Summary

Childfree Adults Can’t Relate

Halloween strikes me as an appropriate day to wade back into the childfree wilderness for a moment. A day of tricks and treats for children. And for childfree adults… Happy Halloween, childfree adults! I have a funky costume to model...Show More Summary

Nonfiction Book Review: An End to Suffering

by Rose Parker At moments, An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World by seems to be two books disguised as one. The main thread of the narrative follows the development of Buddhism, with an eye to interactions between East and West.… Read more

Vasa Deferentia Interrupta

“You didn’t know I’d had a vasectomy?” “Uhm, no, why would I have known?” “I thought I told you… Anyway, no biggie. But it does hurt!” “You mean they didn’t use any anesthetic?” “Of course they did, but it still hurts. The doc told me it’d feel like a donkey kicked me in the balls. [...]

Endless Summer (Vacation)

I hate that summer has to end. But I love comedienne (Canadian female comedian) Samantha Bee from The Daily Show. Her article in Saturday’s WSJ  “A Long Summer for ‘Weary Tiger’ Moms” made me pine for summer vacations past. She explained that as a child of the 1970s she spent her lazy summer days, “languishing [...]

Are the “Childless” Really More Likely to Divorce?

You may have seen more articles popping up lately on how “childless” couples are more likely to divorce.  How it’s treated as a “statistical reality”  needs to be challenged and clarified. Let’s start with some of the more “popular” data… Journalist and novelist Po Bronson’s divorce factoid sheet,  which is often quoted. Show More Summary

Musing on Ranting

mtuni, a commenter here, recently made an observation on some comments mostly in response to my recent Alamo Theater post. She spotted something that has not happened here before – ”hit and run trolling” type of rant. She observes… …”what is it with the ‘hit-and run’ trolling lately? I just spotted two of them in the comments section in another [...]

Parental Surrogacy Goes to India

Did you happen to catch pbs’ recent report on a growing way to go to all lengths to have a baby? Indian surrogacy. Check out how it works, and the pros and cons… Many couples who desperately want a baby and face the issue of the woman not being able to carry the child have had parental surrogacy in [...]

Do The Childfree Have a “Distinct Wanderlust”?

Any childfree person should know about sociologist Jean Veevers. She was a pioneer in the study of the childfree, or “voluntary childlessness” as it was called back then. Even in the 70s, she was writing about how the voluntary childless was a “neglected area of study.” Check out some of what she did find in [...]

Time and Place

From Desci I was in hospital with Gastro From Hell, my mum and Boyfriend waiting with me. Around 9pm, mum started sighing. Looking at me, slack from pain and exhausted from vomiting, she whined, 'see, we should be getting a child out...Show More Summary

budget advice for the barren

Another Outspoken Female is back on deck for another serve. Been a bit quiet around here, hasn’t it. As a woman without a family, I should have lots of time to pop out tri-weekly pithy posts for a blog, or four. Shouldn’t I? Well,...Show More Summary

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