I read, therefore I am…who, exactly? A “mom-blogger” or not?

I’m a relatively new resident of the “blogosphere,” both as a participant (as you can tell from the archives) and as a reader/follower. I follow blogs on various topics – productivity and self/life improvement, career and work life, pop culture, news, and quite a few I have tagged as “just for fun.” My interest in women’s issues, lately centered on things related to the topic of “balance” – the whole “mommy wars” thing, “opting out,” […]

Just finished: “Accidental Happiness”

Accidental HappinessJean Reynolds Page(selection for next week’s Book Club meeting) from the book cover: After her husband’s unexpected death at the age of thirty-six, Gina Melrose becomes a “live-aboard” on his boat, docked at a marina in coastal South Carolina, near the home she and Ben once shared. In this temporary, borrowed existence on the water, she settles into numb survival. But Gina finds her life taking yet another dramatic turn late one night when […]

Her eye is on the Milk-Bone; or, a hundred names for “dog”

The new addition to the page sidebar answers to quite a few names, but one hundred is a gross exaggeration. As for her actual name, she was a rescue adoption and it came along with her. She is known as: GypsyMiss GypsyGypsy-GirlPuppy-Girl (she’s almost ten)Gypsy RoseGypsy Belle (she’s from Memphis, after all)Puppy-Face (by her grandma)Funny-GirlFunny FaceFunny-PupPupsterFuzzybuttPrincess FuzzybuttWhatserbuttThe CritterMost Beautiful (I am not objective)Miss ThingDoofusDingusDingleberryNimrod She’s cute (and knows it), she’s smart (but not always, hence […]

I’ve actually been reading other stuff too – happy?

…And reading a bit too much of it when I should be working. Late-spring fever, or maybe overwhelmed and under-motivated. Thinking about a couple of the posts I’ve read this week: The Grrl Genius‘ reflection on good coming from bad, asking the question Do you think it’s possible to ever learn this lesson so that when the bad thing is ACTUALLY HAPPENING you can shrug it off and know that something good must therefore be […]

I read the news today, oh boy…and it was forty years ago today

(I shudder to think how many headlines/titles resembling this one are being written today…) I’ve sometimes joked that the Beatles arrived in America just a few weeks before I did. (I was actually arriving into life, but that occurred in New York, so I still think the analogy works.) Being only three years old on June 1, 1967, however, means that the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band wasn’t a transforming experience for […]

Clothes “r” me

A new online community called Work It, Mom!, dedicated to working professionals who are also parents, has introduced me to some new-to-me bloggers that I’ve added to my Reader feeds. Susan Wagner is a “mom blogger” at Friday Playdate, but she also blogs on fashion on her own Friday Style blog and at BlogHer.com, and in a new blog called “Working Closet” on Work It, Mom! Clothes are rather a hobby of mine, so I’m […]

Just Finished: “72-Hour Hold”

72-Hour HoldBebe Moore Campbell I’m going to try dispensing with the clips from Amazon and writing my own summaries, starting now. But before that, from the cover: Trina is eighteen and suffers from bi-polar disorder, making her paranoid, wild, and violent. Frightened by her own child, Keri searches for help, quickly learning that the mental health community can only offer her a seventy-two hour hold. After these three days Trina is off on her own […]

A quick note on labels

It finally dawned on me that posts inspired by things I’ve read on other blogs fall into the category of “reading” too, even though I had thought that label would just be used for book reviews. I’m now using it in connection with a new “found on other blogs” label for my ramblings in response to my readings on the ‘net. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog […]

Drive-by commentary

This has been a crazy week. I had thought things at work would settle down once the auditors left, but that didn’t last long, now that we’re unexpectedly down two staff for the duration. I forgot that the book club is meeting next Friday and I haven’t started on that book yet, so I need to get my current read finished so I can at least make good headway on Accidental Happiness. Meanwhile, I’ve been […]

That good ol’ Southern cooking

We’d been planning our trip to Tennessee for awhile, ever since we knew what the date of my son’s college graduation would be. We had in mind several places we definitely wanted to visit – the Memphis Zoo (despite the irony of spending part of your vacation at the place you used to work), Graceland (TallGuy’s choice), and Great Smoky Mountains National Park – and more nebulous plans for other days. And we definitely had […]

Just finished: “Garlic and Sapphires”

Garlic and Sapphires, Ruth Reichlfrom Amazon.com: Fans of Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples know that Ruth Reichl is a wonderful memoirist–a funny, poignant, and candid storyteller whose books contain a happy mix of memories, recipes, and personal revelations. What they might not fully appreciate is that Reichl is an absolute marvel when it comes to writing about food–she can describe a dish in such satisfying detail that it becomes unnecessary for […]

I think I was a “slacker mom”

Of course, one of the great things about reading blogs is when they tip you off to stories and info you might have missed elsewhere, and today’s On Balance blog entry pointed me toward this item on “slacker moms” from USA Today. I’ve heard the term, but hadn’t really found out much about what it signified before, and what do you know…it’s not as pejorative as it sounds on the face of things, and it […]

Vacation reading

The title is a minor fib – this catch-up post includes one book I didn’t get to write about before I went out of town last week (but that’s a separate post). Family History, Dani Shapirofrom Amazon.com: In Family History, Dani Shapiro has written such a nail biter of a plot that it’s easy to overlook just how good–and how literary–a novel this really is. Narrator Rachel Jensen is a housewife and art restorer married […]

Respecting the right to choose

Don’t get the wrong idea – that title’s not a reference to the abortion issue. Not going there. A blog post in On Balance spurred some thoughts on the ongoing conversation (argument? debate? discussion? knock-down drag-out?) regarding the choices of women with children to stay at home with them or be employed. Along the lines of a comment I made in a post a few days ago, this is a “choice” that has to be […]

Just finished: “Julie and Julia”

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, Julie Powell (paperback)original hardcover title: Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchenfrom Amazon.com: From Publishers WeeklyPowell became an Internet celebrity with her 2004 blog chronicling her yearlong odyssey of cooking every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. A frustrated secretary in New York City, Powell embarked on “the Julie/Julia project” to find a sense of direction, and both the […]