Book Reviews


What Are You Doing for Yourself in 2010?

It’s practically 2010, can you believe it? Your kids are going to be another year older in 2010 (well, so are you but we don’t need to go there…)!  I have to ask, since your kids are growing more independent, what are you doing for yourself in 2010? Make 2010…

My Skin Cancer Scare


I’ve become hyper-aware of skin cancer stories in the last few of years. See, I grew up in Arizona where the sun doesn’t stop shining and yes, I did my fair share of suntanning with baby oil. Mind you, I am of Dutch descent and my skin doesn’t tan all that well so it was an ongoing quest to get the golden brown skin I coveted.

While in college, I spent a lot of money and time at the tanning booths.

After college, I became a full-time Physical Education Specialist, working outside in my “classroom” (the school yard), year-round for 5 years. I did finally succeed in getting those beautifully tanned legs but with unwanted short and sock lines! I wised up a bit the final 2 years of my teaching and wore a visor religiously and applied sunscreen to my body, including my legs.

My husband and I enjoyed a lot of outdoor activities including sailing, kayaking, riding our bikes and running. All of which are, of course, in the sun. Vacations always evolved around a pool or a beach. All this to say, I subjected my skin to a lot of sun damage in the first 30 years of my life.

After having our first child, our activities changed. We no longer were able to participate in the same types of recreation and I was very careful not to be out in the sun for the protection of my son. He has fair skin like I do. I would say that in the last 8 years, I’ve done pretty well protecting my skin from the damaging rays of the sun.

But alas, I am not in the clear. Due to the sun exposure and damage already caused from my earlier years, I recently had to have TWO a pre-cancerous spots removed.

Magical Insight Into A Writer’s Life: Beg, Borrow, Steal

Some days you just need some time to decompress and escape your own world and perhaps, step into someone else’s.  Sometimes it gives you a new perspective on your own life or just simply a chuckle that helps you step back into reality again.

In this recommended reading by Michael Greenberg, you’ll step into his life as a writer, learning that it’s not always easy to follow your dream but always worth it:

Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer's Life
Beg, Borrow, Steal A Writer’s Life. Is it truly a work of art? Michael Greenberg follows his widely acclaimed memoir, Hurry Down Sunshine, with a collection of 45 auto-biographical essays. Set in New York City, the author depicts the life of a writer trying to succeed in painful and sometimes humorous ways. In these essays, written for London’s Times Literary Supplement, Greenberg involves us intimately in his long journey to establish a career as a writer. Greenberg squeezes concise stories connecting his beginnings growing up in New York with his continuous quest as a writer. Along the way, his adventures lead to this collection of personal accounts and the unique characters he meets along the way.

My Obsession with Glossies and MAGHOUND

MAGHOUND magazine sampling
I’m a magazine addict.  How about you?  Do you love the glossies?  While the internet is great, blogs are fabulous and real-time information about who is wearing what is priceless, nothing, I mean nothing, compares to a little “me time” with one of my favorite magazines!  Flipping through the pages of the latest beauty and fashion magazines is bliss.

Recently I was introduced to a new concept called, MAGHOUND.  The site is a new online membership service that allows you to choose, change, and manage all the magazines delivered to your home. You can choose from hundreds of magazines, customize your magazine order to fit the needs of your family and manage it all online on one site! You also Pay-As-You-Go by paying one low monthly price for all of your magazines — you can even select substitutes for when any of your selections are not scheduled to deliver an issue in a given month.