Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures
Ellen Heltzel & Margo Hammond
US $16.95/CAN $18.50
DaCapo Press/Lifelong Books/Nov 10, 2008
I just finished Between the Covers, the book babes' guide to a woman's reading pleasures. The entire book is one huge recommendation list, and a good one, at that. It is comprised of lists, fifty- five in all, ten books to each list. They are then further divided into sections such as "Babes We Love", "Ages &Stages", "Family & Friends" and "Babes in the World", etc..
In going through the book, I found many familiar books, ones that I have read and re-read many times over (Le Mariage/Diane Johnson, Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay/Nancy Milford and Letters to a Young Poet/Rilke, among so many others) and ones that have been added to my ever-growing 'To Read List' (The Road/Cormac McCarthy, Women's Letters: America From the Revolutionary War to the Present/Lisa Grunwald and Stephen J. Adler and Frida Kahlo: The Paintings/Hayden Herrera to name a few).
If you are looking for something to read, non-fiction or fiction, even poetry, pick up this book. You are sure to find something that strikes your interest. It also makes a great gift list for the book lovers in your circle of friends and family.
Visit the Da Capo Press site
Visit The Book Babes themselves!
Friday, December 12, 2008
I got the usual sludge of holiday catalogues, promotionals for various organizations and causes. But there was some pretty fun stuff in there too.
Like this really cool create-your-own pop-up book for The Girl. She says its her FAVORITE game.
And of course, the books:
How To Write Like Chekhov: Advice and Inspiration, Straight from His Own Letters and Work
Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures
The Agony and the Agony: Raising Your Teenager without Losing Your Mind (I'm not there quite yet!)
Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me: A Guide to Living with Impeccable Grace and Style
Monday, December 01, 2008
Burger King may be going with less sodium in their menu items, but that certainly doesn't entice me to grab a Whopper and fries.
Found this cool site (Literary Rejections on Display) ....on rejection letters
I'm reading Parenting, Inc. by Pamela Paul. Loving it!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
2 lbs beef, cubed
1/2 tsp Hungarian Paprika
2 c. water
3 c saurkraut (big jar)
1 cup sour cream
Brown beef in skillet with enough oil to coat bottom of pan, flour, pinch of salt and pepper. Move beef to stock pot. Add onion, paprika, water, saurkraut, potatoes, a couple more shakes of salt & pepper. Simmer an hour or till meat is tender. Stir in sour cream before serving.
Now, this is from a soup place in Montpelier, Vermont & the recipe was hand-written with not very good directions. They were easy enough to understand, though here I have tried to write them a little more cohesively.
If you try out this recipe, let me know how it turned out. It's absolutely delicious!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
So, everybody's talking about the Motrin Babywearing commercial.
Crunchy Domestic Goddess posted something on it
The Motheringdotcommune boards are alive with commentary about it
There's a group on Facebook on the subject
And, of course, I put my two cents in over at The Imperfect Blog
Then, there is the Twitter response on YouTube (thanks to Katja Presnal)
Motrin will surely be getting a huge amount of publicity with this advertisement, even if it is extremely negative. My question is, Will it hurt or actually benefit the company in some way?
Technorati Tags: Motrin, babywearing, Imperfect Parent, Twitter, YouTube
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
It's finally here! The MWLM Fall/Winter issue is now available on the web and in print. Featuring cover story Melissa Stanton, interviews with Andi Silverman and Shari MacDonald, reviews of The Memory Keeper's Daughter and National Security Mom as well as all the regular columns, poetry and essays. Not to be missed! Check it out.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Here's what's happening.
I'm full-on into the MotherVerse Workshops, working as a mentor. They started about two and a half weeks ago. Got some really great writing material here.
I have a couple new posts over at the MV Blog-talking about cravings, belly art and something I've been considering for awhile, a regular feature at the blog about women in literary history.
I've recently been appointed Cover Editor at Mom Writer's Literary Magazine as well as holding the Writer's Resource position. It's been an interesting (and challenging already) experience so far! All those at MWLM will know what I mean. :) Glad for the opportunity to have these positions and work with all the great women at MWLM.
Look for the fall issue sometime in November.
That's all for now.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Cindy LeFerle's I Wish You'd Quit Writing About Me at Literary Mama
Diane E. Levin's new book So Sexy, So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood.... has landed on my to read list.
Ariel Gore is Just Asking and congratulating Bristol Palin
Momocrats. Just read everything on the blog from the past week or so.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Mama Ph.D.: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life
Elrena Evans and Caroline Grant
Rutgers University Press, 2008
Mama Ph.D. features essays by an amazing set of women, mothers and academics exploring blending family life with the academic in different personal situations, but with generally the same outcome. The academic is not particularly accommodating to mothers in general and mothers with young children in specific. In reading this book, it is painfully clear that something needs to be done to close the inequality gap and open up opportunities for fair pay, support in childcare and plain respect.
From the back of the book:
Every year, American universities publish glowing reports stating their commitment to diversity, often showing statistics of female hires as proof of success. Yet, academic life remains overwhelmingly a man's world and the presence of women, specifically with young children, in the ranks of tenured faculty has not increased in a generation. This anthology explores the continued inequality of the sexes in higher education and suggests changes that could make universities more family-friendly workplaces.
At one point in Susan O'Doherty's essay, The Wire Mother, she's talking about her experience with spontaneous abortions and says this: "One elderly male gynecologist had admonished me, 'You career girls do this to yourselves. You want to do everything men do-maybe you want to be men. When you're ready to grow up and be a mother, you won't have this problem.' "
Eh, what?! Reading that tipped the scale of reason for me and I actually yelled at the page in such outrage, I startled myself.
As long as we have this sort of thought (not confined to the elderly male gynecologists), how can we acquire respect, and family-friendly work and education atmospheres?
I loved reading these essays. They offered a personal view into these women's lives and a voice that tells everyone this situation needs to change.
I never actually finished college, for several reasons. I got sidetracked by many things: the more exciting aspects of life (like bar-hopping and partying-just a bit, hey- I just turned 21 at that point); later, my growing debt of student loans that I'll never be able to pay back, and-much later-having a child. I suppose I could still go back and finish. I keep telling myself I should.
However, I do about as much reading, learning and research at home and on my own that I would do in a college setting. The difference is, I probably won't get any sort of degree for that.
Caroline Grant's Website
Elena Evans Website
Mama PhD site
Read an excerpt from Mama PhD
Read other reviews at MotherTalk
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
In case you haven't heard, A Cautionary Tale about Cider Press Review at Ten Fingers Typing via Pshares Blog. Be sure to check out her follow up post, which includes a response from CPR's Robert Wynne, Doesn't really make me want to send anything to them....CPR, that is.
Do You Need An Agent at WOW! Blog
Why Google Alerts Can Be An Author's Best Friend at Pub Rants
More to come....
Monday, August 25, 2008
Books on HTML (brushing up my skills)
Mealtime &Bedtime, Sing & Sign; Anne Meeker Miller
The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes For Freezing, Canning Drying, and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables; Carol W. Costenbader
I'll probably comment on these around the web, and here on WITM soon.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Vegan Lunch Box
130 Amazing, Animal-Free Lunches
Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love
Jennifer Mc Cann
DaCapo Press/Lifelong Books, 2008
280 pages, $19.95/$21.00 CAN
I don't eat as much meat as I used to. There are several reasons for this-the quality of meat in your basic supermarket is not likely to be very high; The recent stories of the treatment (not to mention all the crap they inject (hormones, antibiotics, etc.) of the cows in the big agro farms has totally put me off; and sometimes, too much meat is just too much. Occasionally, I still like a piece of meat, though, and will buy organic.
I'm not strictly Vegan or Vegetarian, but when I came across Vegan Lunch Box, I enjoyed it for the simple, yet tasty and diverse recipes; the easy to follow menu guides and the allergen-free index in the back. One of my favorite recipes is the Full Meal Muffins, a muffin packed to the top with nutrients sure to fill up the kids without the sugar overload.
And the desserts! Ah....the desserts. Cherry Chip Brownies, anyone?
Visit the Dacapo Site
Visit Jennifer McCann's blog
Review over at Green Mom Finds
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Go out and buy a copy or stop by the hipMama Shop.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
The MotherVerse Online workshops (Writing Motherhood & Publishing A Blog) have been moved back to September 15 and will be running until October 20th. There are plenty of spots still available! This is such a fabulous resource and way to connect with writing peers and mothers! Workshop descriptions below:
Writing Motherhood Workshop
--workshop focused on developing your current writing (creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and blogging) or finding your voice in developing new writing. Gain the support and feedback of fellow mother writers and experienced mentors in this supportive environment. This is a 5 week workshop. Limit 20 attendees.
Sept 15 - Oct 20, 2008
Publishing a Blog Workshop
--learn how to begin and follow through on a successful mother writer's blog with the help of experienced mother bloggers. This workshop will cover both the technical aspects of starting a blog as well as the development of blog writing. This is a 5 week workshop. Limit 20 attendees.
Sept 15 - Oct 20, 2008
For more information on cost, etc., please visit the site . Payment is based on a sliding scale basis and there are scholarships available for those who qualify.
Any questions, please email me or MotherVerse Magazine-editor (at) motherverse (dot) com, or leave a comment here on this post.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Review coming soon! Have already looked through it and Love It.
In the mean time, check out these links:
Find out more at the Da Capo site
Vegan Lunch Box Blog
Vegan Lunch Box Main Landing Site
Recipes From Vegan Lunch Box
And-new post at Green Mom Finds on Vegan Cookbook
On the Ball Food Preservation
Check out the new giveaway-a really cool stainless steel lunch box
Gas prices from 2 years ago
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The Mango-Raspberry Jam turned out fantastic, delicious, incredible. I will definitely need to make more of it. The applesauce could be a little bit sweeter. I'll probably use it for cakes, breads, etc.
While you're over at GMF, check out what we're giving away and the GMF forum. Also, if your interested in joining the book club, stop over here-first book is Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. Starting date is August 1st.
Friday, July 18, 2008
So, earlier in the week, I tried my hand at canning for the first time ever. First batch was applesauce and a small one, a test batch. Haven't had any yet, but it seemed to turn out all right. Everything sealed nicely and no mishaps.
Today I made some Mango-Raspberry jam. I cannot wait to try the finished product.
It sure tasted good as I was cooking it up. So, what's the deal? Why have I decided to do this?
Well, several things have prompted me.
These days, you can't really trust most of what you find in the supermarket to be fully safe and nutritious. Food contamination has been rampant in the news lately, the FDA declaring this or that food unsafe to eat-recently, the whole tomato issue.
It's true that canning and other food preservation techniques has its own risks of contamination, but the difference is you know where your food is coming from and you have control over the preparation. So, in that way, it is safer.
Another thing I considered is what you make yourself usually tastes better than what you get at the supermarket. Home made jam, blueberry pie filling, brandied peaches, applesauce....infinitely better than store bought.
The current state of agricultural/economic affairs also played a role in this new endeavor. Food prices are on the rise and seem to keep on rising, making it difficult to keep up and in stock. Canning can be a very cost-efficient way to keep your cupboard stocked.
There is also something very satisfying about making your own food. A great sense of accomplishment. Does anyone else do this? Have any tips, suggestions, etc.?
I intend to do more of this and blog about it. So stay tuned....
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The Colic Chronicles: A Mother's Guide to Calming Your Baby While Keeping Your Cool
Da Capo Press
Really, this book didn't grab me at all. While colic is a serious condition that we know little about, and surely needs more research to help define it, The Colic Chronicles read as a very 'safe' book in opinion. To me anyway. What do I mean by this? Opinions expressed here I find hardly deviate from traditional medical views and are written in a safe way so as not to run the possibility of getting sued by a reader, or something.
However, I did find it humorous throughout and found some techniques that would be useful.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
When I got my copy of Poet's and Writer's in the mail, I couldn't believe who was on the cover...Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses. My first thought was how uncharacteristic of P&W. But it's such a cool photo. Some have called it ironic, or out of reach: the blonde bombshell reading one of the most celebrated, yet fully difficult novels of our time. But the photo goes beyond the image the media created her to be. And I love it.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Lori McKenna: Stories on Strings
Chats featuring Janine Turner
National Geographic Green Guide's Alix Clyburn &Wendy Gordon
Reviews of Jodi Picoult's novel &Jodi Compton's thriller
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
MotherVerse Magazine is offering their Writing Motherhood and Publishing A Blog workshops again this August through September. Spots still available, but fill up fast on a first come, first serve basis.
I've been asked to mentor the workshops again, so I'll see you there!
For more information, visit the site.
Friday, June 20, 2008
One in eight babies -- well over half a million a year -- are born prematurely, a toll that's risen steadily for two decades with no sign of stopping.
The government this week begins an unprecedented push to figure out why, with special aim at preterm births that may be lowered: so-called late preemies, those born weeks, not months, early.
The U.S. has the highest C-Section rate at 31% in 2006. How about working to cut the rate of C-Sections, especially those that are medically unnecessary. I would not be surprised to see a drop in premature births if the C-Section rate were to go down.
Full article here.
Monday, June 16, 2008
More info at the DaCapo site
I'll try at least 2 recipes from this book before reviewing.
Stay tuned for review/commentary on these books in the future.
*(update July 19, 2008: Review posted at Green Mom Finds here)
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood & Social Change
Edited by Shari MacDonald Strong
352 pgs, $15.95
Something definitely changes when you become MOTHER. Besides all the physical,emotional and mental aspects; the sleepless nights, cranky babies, the thought of being able to fit into your pre-baby jeans. You become more aware of the world and your place in it, of what is happening around you. You see things with a mother's eye. One of the essays, In Albania, by Mona Gable, captures this new view absolutely. Here she recounts her time in Albania as a reporter during the Kosovo conflict-Balkan wars with the new eyes of a mother: "The lens of motherhood would filter everything I was to witness.....".
There were a few other essays that affected me personally. Ona Gritz's Because I'm Not Dead, recalling her own experiences with disability while caring for her child; Amy Jenkins' One Hundred and Twenty-Five Miles, Helaine Olen's The Mean Moms where she tackles the old mama clique subject; and Mona Gable's essay mentioned above, all resonated with me on different levels.
Among the contributors, I was happy to see I recognized all the names, having read their work someplace else or read about them in the newspapers (most likely CNN or elsewhere across the Internet); as well as having worked with a few.
Overall, it is a very necessary book- very emotional, very raw- necessary reading for every mother.
Shari MacDonald's Website
The Maternal Is Political at Amazon
More Reviews at MotherTalk
Monday, June 09, 2008
Hardcover, $23.95/$30.00 CANADA
I had been wanting to read this for a long time. It did not disappoint. In fact, I came away from the book wanting to know more about Iran, its culture and the role of women in the culture.
Persian Girls is a very necessary book. We know so little of the people of Iran, their real ways of life, particularly of women in that culture. Here in the USA, we hear what is filtered through our various media: names of cities, leaders, terrorism hot spots.
The story itself recalls Rachlin's memories of growing up in Iran during the 50's and 60's, the dynamics of family life-hers in particular- in that country, her experiences of culture shock, success in coming to America and the strange (though not uncommon) fate of her sister Pari.
Admittedly, most memoirs (to me) are hard to get into; they sound forced in the effort to forge a coherent story. Persian Girls certainly did not fall into that category to me. It is a beautifully written story; a raw, emotional one, that offers a glimpse into a culture that is often misconstrued.
Nahid Rachlin's website
Hear Nahid Rachlin read from Persian Girls via FORA.tv
Persian Girls featured on MotherTalk back in January
More info at the Da Capo site
Soon to be out in paperback
Very much looking forward to both of these books, particularly the Arab Conquest one.
Stay tuned for commentary/review on both books in the future.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Here are the comments:
This is a ludicrous article. Payment is done for work in exchange for something that benefits the payee. Is the implication that children should pay the mother? Or perhaps the mother should pay herself since she is also a beneficiary of her work. Or maybe taxpayers dollars should be spent to compensate nonworking mothers?
-getting the facts right
As a Dad who does appreciate what Mom does, I can't help but wonder the value of all the work that Dad puts in outside his job: all home maintenance, car upkeep, financial (paying bills, making investments), educating sons and daughters, etc. We (Mom and Dad) were both busy all the time--Dad's extra work is "worth" something too.
It's a partnership.
-Cliff from Alabama
First of all, they need to quit doing these 'studies'. It's unfair and condescending. Insulting. TO THE MOTHERS. And, probably, to some of the Dads, as Cliff from Alabama stated: "Dad's extra work is 'worth' something too." It sure is, and I applaud all the Dads out there that are doing their job(s) inside and outside the home. There are far too many who don't.
Apparently, others feel the same way about this....study.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
It's something many Americans would never consider. I mean, seashells on your breasts? Why the hell would you do that?
Patella vulgata shells have been worn by Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish mothers for thousands of years.
The shells are an ancient remedy for nipple sores, ranging from splits and cracks, to bleeding and blisters. According to a Swedish online site that sells the shells, they create a soothing microclimate so that nipples soften and are moisturized by breastmilk—which contains lactoferrin—known for its antiviral and antibacterial healing properties.
Just...wow. I am truly amazed. You learn something new every day.
Imagining America in 2033: How the Country Put Itself Together After Bush
American Audacity: Literary Essays North and South
Look for commentary on these forthcoming books in the future here at WITM.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Books by Firoozeh Dumas. I saw an interview with her here, while listening to Nahid Rachlin read an excerpt from Persian Girls at the same place. (which, by the way, I have just finished reading and will be commenting upon soon)
The Mary Todd Lincoln book.
The Bastard of Istanbul, Elif Shafak
The Maternal Is Political, Shari MacDonald Strong
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Insanity File: The Madness of Mary Todd Lincoln, Jason Emerson
Reviewed by Joan D. Hedrick
Sex without Procreation, Procreation without Sex: A review of two different books by Amy Agigian
Monday, May 19, 2008
Couple of The New Yorker's from April '08
Poets and Writers
The Writer, March/April/May '08
Autumn House (Coal Hill Review)
Recent issue of Hip Mama
The list goes on........
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Green Mom Finds Feature Here.
Persian Girls, Nahid Rachlin
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Good German, Joseph Kanon
Mary Poppins (the original first book), P.L. Travers
(Much different from Disney!!)
Organic Body Care Recipes, Tourles
Featured at Green Mom Finds
Sick Planet, Stan Cox
The Copy Editor's Handbook, Einsohn
I took the advice of some fellow Green Moms and got these in the mail the other day.
They're star shaped, they're fun. They're BPA-free.
As a test run, I filled them up with grape juice. We'll see how they hold up. Expect a full-on review of these ice-cold babies!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Mothering Magazine won in two categories: Best How-To and Best Signed Editorial.
Congratulations to Mothering!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Check in at the Mama Knows Breast site for more info.
Monday, May 12, 2008
This Mother's Day, May 11, Whirlpool brand will kick-off the fourth annual Mother of Invention Grant Program – just in time for the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day. In the past three years, Whirlpool brand has recognized and helped more than 15 moms turn their innovative ideas into reality.
The Whirlpool brand Mother of Invention Grant Program provides seed money and expert guidance to moms to turn their invention, business or service ideas into full-fledged businesses. Contest winners receive:
§ A $20,000 grant for the grand prize winner
§ $24,000 in grant money for the four runners-up
§ Appliance prizes
§ Invitation to business boot camp where winners will receive guidance from Whirlpool and industry experts
This year, we are greening the program by adding a new category focused on moms who create an environmentally friendly product/service or use natural/recycled materials to create their invention.
More information and entry forms can be found at www.whirlpool.com/moms beginning May 11. Entries are accepted through July 31, 2008.
Whirlpool Mother Of Invention Press Release
Sunday, May 11, 2008
You can also read the feature article Día de la MADRE: In Celebration of Mothers around the Globe in MotherVerse Issue #8.
And remember, MotherVerse offers easy to use gift certificates that can be automatically emailed or printed out and put in a card. If you already have a subscription to MotherVerse consider purchasing one for a friend, your local library, a nearby women's organization or doctor's office. MotherVerse appreciates your grassroots support!
(This was sent to me this morning by Melanie Mayo-Laakso, Editor-In-Chief of MotherVerse Magazine)
Saturday, May 10, 2008
New issue is out, too
My New Favorite 'web content' Site
This one too.
A Few Words On The Invention of Mother's Day, via MomWritersLitMag Blog
Julia Ward Howe and the origins of Mother's Day.
Brain, Child's 'Vaccines and the Studies Done', a must-read for all parents.
Five Reasons Mom Blogs Are The Ones To Watch via ProBlogger.
Oh, and in case you haven't seen it, Dooce being interviewed by Kathie Lee......
Technorati Tags: Brain Child Magazine, Dooce, Today Show, Kathie Lee, Mom Blogs, Hip mama, problogger
Friday, May 09, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Follow me and I'll probably follow you back.
Thanks to those who encouraged me to try it out!
Also created my profile at LinkedIn, a fabulous tool.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I had the pleasure of reviewing her book here on WITM as well as welcoming her as a guest blogger.
Be sure to check back here and at MotherVerse for more information.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Snail mail submissions are still being accepted as well. Poetry is reading year round, see website for complete guidelines.
I think the level of competition just got higher.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
And while you're there, check out the workshops.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Well, some of them stay, get added to my library and others go, often donated to my local library or passed on to friends.
I have to admit, most stay and get absorbed into my library.
Liar's Diary? A definite keeper.
The Reincarnationist? That went to the library. There are other people out there that would enjoy that book more than I did.
Itsy Bitsy Yoga? A definite keeper as well. Loved that book.
What Mothers Do, Especially When It Looks Like Nothing? Yeah. That's a staple in my library.
Two other books I'm currently reading: Private Guns, Private Health/David Hemenway and the Mamarama book will definitely be staying.
How did this all start? How did I get here, reviewing all these great books? I started off reviewing some books for Mother Talk and in between different tours, I'd just post some commentary on whatever I was reading and it just went on from there.
I love reading, it keeps my brain busy and alive, so why not throw some commentary out into the blogosphere?
After all, if I can read free books that get my mind turning here and there, I'll keep it up.
(Thanks to Perseus Book Group and University of Michigan Press for the opportunity!)
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
I finally got a copy of Persian Girls by Nahid Rachlin. It had been on tour for Mother Talk awhile back and I sooo wanted to grab it then. It was also a Mother Talk Book Club selection back in January. Looking forward to reading this one.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
The Spring '08 issue of Mom Writer's Literary Magazine is finally out! Stop by and check out poetry, an interview with mom writer Nancy Cleary, reviews and, as always, MWLM's regular columns! Don't forget to take a look at the Writer's Resources Page, an excellent place to kickstart your inspiration.
Monday, March 31, 2008
This video from Nationwide Insurance really does not sit well with me. I never really paid much attention to it before: it's just a commercial. An insurance commercial.
I saw it again recently, with a new view. There seemed to be an underlying message here: Women-don't bring your kids to work. In fact, why don't you just stay home and take care of the kid.
Perhaps I read too much into things. Perhaps some people will not see this.
The fact that the video is titled 'Bank Brat', the dynamic of working mother with a rather demonic child shooting out paraphernalia through the tube at a car that happens to be driven by a man-it bothers me because of the underlying message.
But what if it were the other way? What if the dad was the bank teller bringing his 'bank brat' to work and the woman in the car? Would I have had the same reaction?
Either way it does not sit well with me.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Check it out. I've been guilty of using a few of those words, I admit. Check out the comments in the post also-more deadly words to steer clear of.
Also, new post up at Green Mom Finds on the Healthy World, Healthy Child book by Christopher Gavigan. See the review for Mother Talk here.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
All I can say is the puritanical streak in America runs strong.
More info on moral turpitude
Technorati Tags: Moral Turpitude, Puritan, Puritanical, America, Sebastian Horsley
I was so excited when I heard Healthy Child, Healthy World was on the Mother Talk list. I am always looking for ways to green my routine. Especially when it comes to cleaning. I had known about the many cleaning properties of vinegar for awhile now, but was curious about alternatives to detergents, fabric softeners, furniture polish (not that I do much of that), Drano and Comet; the last two being the more deadly of the bunch. And, what do you know, I found it all in this book, along with some other great resources and facts.
This book is filled with amazing tips and facts, how-to safer cleaning and more, without breaking the bank. I finished it in a day and a half, most likely because it's not just straight text but made up of easy to read sections, great for flipping back and forth.
Each chapter offers tips to make each area of life a little greener: preparing for baby; safer cleaning throughout the house; choosing, eating and storing healthier food; natural body care; safer toys, gear and clothing, and more.
There were quite a few facts and observations that caught my eye. One being a section in the first chapter where Gavigan discusses the heightened occurrence (skyrocketing, actually) of childhood illnesses such as cancer, autism/ADHD, asthma and mental development and retardation, among others. He mentions in the autism section that the occurrence of this illness/disorder "....has jumped almost 400 percent in the last twenty years.....This increase is too high to attribute simply to improved recognition and diagnosis."
Twenty percent. There is something else going on here. Could it also have something to do with the environment we live in? Something to do with all the chemicals in just about everything we consume, aluminum and mercury in the vaccines, pharmaceuticals in the water?
There is just so much information in this book, all of it useful and necessary. You're bound to learn a few (or more) new things.
This book is an essential addition to every parents shelf and anybody who wants to go a little greener.
Healthy Child, Healthy World site
Healthy Child, Healthy World at Amazon.com
Be sure to check out what's being said at Mother Talk about Healthy Child
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Would love to get my hands on that book!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
MotherVerse mother writer workshops are a great way to connect and learn from other mother writers in an intimate and private setting.
Workshops are on a first come first serve basis, so sign up today and reserve a spot.
Here's to getting over....... (spacing out again).......the flu.
Friday, March 07, 2008
Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books (March 15, 2008)
224 Pages, Paperback
Spring's almost here, but during the winter months, it can be quite a challenge just to get outside for those with young children.
Of course, weather doesn't have to be an excuse to do yoga, but it sure can work off some of that excess energy when you're stuck inside!
From the back cover:
Named the "Baby Yoga Expert" by Newsweek, Helen Garabedian, a certified yoga instructor, created her program with 8-minute sequences that fit easily into a young child's day. Fully illustrated with beautiful photos, Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers features more than 50 simple poses and games kids love, offering a creative way to get active.
I really loved this book. It makes yoga so simple and fun (for both the parent and child), incorporating fun interactive rhymes and games with the different routines as well as an opportunity for spending time together.
We've tried out a few things in the book and my girl loves it. I love it. Not only will your toddler be stretching, exercising and having fun, you will too. And that's great! Who said you need to go to the gym to work out?
The first three chapters are an overview of the benefits and basics of yoga, focused specifically on the Toddler and Parent, as well as a section on how to use the book.
The following chapters focus on specific poses for specific routines, some of which include: Wake and Stretch (to begin your day), Patience Please (this should be self-explanatory), Tantrum Taming and Blissful Bedtime.
Fewer tantrums? Relaxation, sleep and patience?
Not to mention sanity , less stress and less anxiety for mom. These are some of the benefits Garabedian cites in the book. What mom wouldn't want that?
It's fun and creative, the illustrations make the positions easy to do-there's no doubt this book will be put to good use here.
Itsy Bitsy Yoga at Da Capo Press
Helen Garabedian's Site
Photo courtesy of Da Capo Press
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
I first noticed her work in Smartish Pace #13 (Ghost Ship) and have been hooked ever since.
Then, I noticed her in Poetry magazine. Here, specifically, and here.
I just love her use of language. As is usually the case.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Heard on E! TV's Fashion Police: 2008 Academy Awards, after a shot of a pregnant Nicole Kidman.
Would be interested in what Her Bad Mother thinks of this....
New post at Green Mom Finds
More new bloggers at MotherVerse
"Infant DVDs Won't Mould A Baby Einstein"
Baby Einstein, makers of popular DVDs for infants as young as three months, has stopped billing its videos as educational, following a formal complaint from a U.S. advocacy group that the Disney-owned company was making "false and deceptive" claims that it can give babies a leg up in learning.
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is claiming victory after Baby Einstein quietly changed its website to remove assertions that its eye-catching array of colourful videos can help develop cognitive skills in the very young.
Gone are promotional claims that the DVD's such as Baby Wordsworth "fosters the development of your toddler's speech and language skills" and Numbers Nursery will "help develop your baby's understanding of what numbers mean."
Why would Infants need DVDs in the first place?
More Baby Einstein bashing here.
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Saturday, March 01, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
What To REALLY Expect When You're Expecting
I used to be one of those women who’d hear a mom yell at her child in the middle of Target, and I’d think, Oh. My. God! Then I’d give my husband that, “Did you HEAR her?” look. If my husband wasn’t there, I’d try to catch eyes with another shopper and, when I did, I’d give the shopper the, “Did you HEAR her?” look. And I’d stand there for a minute, listening, deciding that if the mother said one more nasty thing to her child—just one more thing—I’d pull out my cell phone and dial 911.
This was before I was a mom.
And, because I wasn’t a mom yet, I also completely meant it when I promised myself, “When I’m a mom, I will never yell at my child when we’re in a public place.” I also meant it when I said, “When I’m a mom, I will never let my children watch TV.” And, “When I’m a mom, my children will not eat Happy Meals.” And, “When I’m a mom, I’ll never put a DVD player in the car for long trips and, instead, listen to Nancy Drew books-on-tape I borrowed from the library.”
Now that I am a mom, I can say this: Puleeeeease!
But that’s been the hardest part of motherhood for me—coming to terms with all of the wild expectations I had of what being a mom would be like. When I was pregnant with my first, people warned me about two things: that I’d be tired and that I wouldn’t have time to shower. So I expected to be a little sleepy and a little stinky, but staring at my baby all stoned on maternal bliss thinking that she was the best thing that ever happened to me and that my life was finally complete.
Um. Not quite.
And that’s exactly why I wrote my book, The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the REAL Truth About Becoming a Mom. Finally. Because transitioning into motherhood was so much harder than anyone ever said it would be. It was part identity crisis, part alone-on-a-deserted-island, part hell. I never, ever expected any of that. I also never evpected to feel totally alone and like I was the worst mom on earth. I wrote the book so other moms-to-be and new moms would KNOW what to really expect.
But, the funny thing is, I’m still at the crossroads of expectation and reality. Every day. Every time I wake up and say, “TODAY we will not watch Dora. TODAY we will finger paint. TODAY we will go to the Aquarium.” And then, before I know it, Dora’s on and I’m feeling like the crapiest mom on the planet. So, perhaps the only expectation moms should have is that they will always, and forever be questioning whether or not they’re good moms.
Like I did. Last week. When my daughter was running away from me. And I was yelling at her. At Target.
For more info on Vicki and her book, Visit her site
Check out the review of The Second Nine Months here.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Paperback, 311 pages
I don't know how to write this without giving away anything!
Dark, haunting and compelling, The Liar's Diary is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It pulled me in and wouldn't let go till I finished. I was actually 'on the edge of my seat' with this one, eagerly turning pages in anticipation of 'what happened next'.
The first thing that struck me was the way it is written, its voice: It's very human. And, indeed, as you get deeper into the story, you see that theme present itself at every turn. The characters seemed believable, plot, events seemed plausible.
Seduction, secrets, lies: lies we tell ourselves, secrets we hold-the ways we seduce ourselves into thinking 'everything's alright.' All of this in the story plays out quite chillingly.
Patry Francis, an accomplished writer and poet, has delivered her debut novel superbly-so tightly woven, not a loose string anywhere. There are so many twists and turns, unexpected surprises, really a masterful storyteller. Go out, buy this book and read it. You will not be disappointed.
Visit her site
Be sure to look for more reviews at MotherTalk
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Dadditude: How A Real Man Became A Real Dad, Phillip Lerman (see guest post here)
The Liar's Diary, Patry Francis
The War Against Women, Marilyn French
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Joan A. Friedman, Ph.D.
Da Capo/Lifelong Books (Feb. 11, 2008)
(Division of Perseus Book Group)
Paperback 245 pages
This book is a guide for parents of twins, taking them through the 'seven core parenting guidelines', focusing more on the psychological aspect of being parents to twins (and being a twin) rather than the physical. Friedman, mother of five (two of whom are twin boys), is also a twin herself and is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of twin-related issues. So, she's well versed on the subject of twins.
Friedman emphasizes the importance of identity, individuality, uniqueness and separateness for each twin throughout the entire book. In fact, she suggests it is these attributes that contribute to 'emotionally healthy twins'. It is written as if the author is talking directly to you, the mother (or father) of twins, giving a sense of one-on-one interaction-another concept presented along side the needs of identity, etc., indeed, addressing the reader as 'you'.
The author will council you through Two Unique Children, Mentally Preparing for Two Separate Babies, all the stages of growth: Babyhood all the way to Two Young Adults as well as discussing Fathers and Babies, Fathers and Mothers. At the end of each chapter, you'll find the Parents-of Twins Journal and Tips For Parents of Twins, focusing on whatever the subject of the particular chapter was. This is very reminiscent of Self-Help books, though, on the back of the book, the category is only listed as Parenting.
I totally agree on recognizing each twin as a separate, unique being. However, there were several things that turned me off about this book. She often makes reference to her own experience as a twin, as well as the mother to twins, that infer that's how everybody else should do it (more so her experience as the mother rather than the twin); it worked for her family, so why shouldn't it for yours?
In light of the intimate way it is written (the feel of one-on-one interaction), there also seems to be a hint of condescension towards the reader-an aspect, no matter who the author or what the subject, immediately turns me off.
Most of the women interviewed in this book are happily married, able to quit their job and I doubt any of them are on any kind of assistance. Could be wrong about that, but the way the book reads, I kind of doubt it. Where are the mothers of twins who are divorced, who are on assistance, who aren't able to quit their job(s)?
There are some great ideas in here, and it is an intriguing look into another way to think of twins. I just didn't agree with some of what she presented or how the book itself was presented.
Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books
Site for Emotionally Healthy Twins/Joan A. Friedman
Photo from DaCapo Books
Monday, February 18, 2008
The Price of Racial Reconciliation
Ronald W. Walters
University of Michigan Press (March 2008)
Hardback, 249 pages
In The Price of Racial Reconciliation, Walters takes us seamlessly through the heavy subject of reparations and what it would take for racial reconciliation to actually happen in the United States by exploring what has happened in South Africa, and using that as a template for reparation movement in the U.S. .
Chapter two focuses on a brief, though in-depth, history of South Africa: how it became an Apartheid state, how racial oppression was commonplace in the Apartheid state and what consequences it wrought on the people-both Africans and white settlers. Also, different groups that developed through time, some extremely militant, some not so much.
Other subjects covered include: A Grand Narrative of Black American Oppression, Barriers to Truth and Reconciliation in America, The Persistence of Memory and The Globalization of African Reparations, among others.
There were plenty of thoughts that ran through my head while reading this.
Is the United States even close to considering reparations?
Also, the actual idea of reparations...How can you put a price to something like the question posed: "Who owes what for slavery?" The government doles out some money and an apology and it's supposed to erase the injustice (s) done in the past?
Walters attempts to go beyond that question, suggesting reparations are more than just money owed for the injustice. He also makes the point of 'money is money, especially if you are poor'.
It is interesting, the timing of publication for this book. 2008 being an election year in the United States and the issues this particular election is bringing up.
Some of what was discussed could easily be applied to women's history as well. You might think-what does racial oppression have to do with women? In his introduction, Walters suggests
"If an attempt to forget obscures a history (a set of memories) that is important to a subordinate group, this is another form of oppression."
What really exists of women's history?
Women have been oppressed throughout the world for centuries. Who owes what for the practice of foot binding, corset training or other mutilations suffered by women throughout hundreds of years? Should there be reparations for that? And how would that be played out? It would be impossible.
These are only some of the thoughts that occurred to me as I was reading this.
I will admit, the book is a heavy read with a heavy subject: the subject of reparations. But, if you can get through it, and understand it, it is very much worth reading.
University of Michigan Press
Photo from University of Michigan Press website
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Sunday, February 17, 2008
Second, I finished The Liar's Diary, Patry Francis. Oh. My. God. Go out and buy this book!!! It's amazing. Yep. That's all I'm going to say about it now...you'll have to wait (again) for the review, via MotherTalk.
There's a new post of mine at Green Mom Finds-Tired of chemicalized play doh? Try making your own!
And, as always, check out the awesome giveaways!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
One woman tells the truth about becoming a mom. Finally.
Da Capo/Lifelong Books (Jan. 6, 2008)
(Division of Perseus Book Group)
Hardback 264 pgs.
I read-and finished-this book over the weekend. I didn't intend to, it just... happened. It was just so hard to put down.
Glembocki lays it all bare: doubts about breastfeeding, maternal instinct and bonding; the realization that you are somebody's mother and how that particular word can sound so strange coming from your own mouth, the transition of who you used to be and who you are now isn't always so smooth and peachy-keen.
It is, indeed, "irreverent, funny and brutally honest"; a book that lives up to its description.
This is something (whether she'll admit to it or not) any mother can relate to. If not the whole book, at least a chapter, or two....or three.
Visit her site
Da Capo Press
Look for more discussion on this here at WITM......and MotherVerse
Friday, February 08, 2008
Also, the plot seemed so choppy-going from one scene to the next without much transition or cohesion-
And Mary Stuart? She had about five minutes in the entire movie. I expected to see more of that character.
As for Clive Owen-as much as I don't like him as an actor-he was pretty good.
Overall, it all seemed a little off as far as a sequel goes.
When people on the internet-blogging, emailing, whatever-overuse stuff like emoticons or use Internet Slang like LMK (let me know). That just drives me up the wall. Can't you just spell it out? Too much trouble, time?
Ain't: I abhor this word. Makes you sound so....dumb. Proper spelling and grammar usage, people!
This is all that strikes me at the moment....more to come, perhaps.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Called "brutally honest and funny", Vicki Glembocki's book, The Second Nine Months: One Mom Tells the Truth about Becoming a New Mom. Finally. is now out and seems to be garnering lots of press.
When I first heard of this book, I thought, this is a must-read in the Mother Lit genre (I cannot bring myself to call it mommy-chick-lit) simply because it deals with a subject not talked of much: those first few transitional months into motherhood after baby is born.
It looks to be a myth-busting book on all that goes on after baby comes home.
You know there's a spot on my bookshelf for this one.
Excerpt from The Second Nine Months.....
I want to walk out of Target and leave Blair there, wailing.... Nice people work at Target. Surely someone would take her home and care for her and buy her pretty things. So begins Vicki Glembocki’s brutally honest yet hilarious memoir of her agonizing transition into motherhood. Why agonizing? Because no one told her how tough it would be. Finally, Glembocki lays out the truth about those first months with baby: the certainty that you’re doing everything wrong; the desire to kill your husband, your mother, your dog; the struggle to balance who you were with whom you’ve become-a mother. Unlike any other book on motherhood, Glembocki breaks the New Mother Code of Silence, proving that “maternal bliss” is not innate, but learned. Funny and wise, she connects with new moms on a shockingly intimate level, letting them know that they are not alone.
Visit Vicki Glembocki's site
DaCapo Press/Perseus Book Group
Also wanted to mention I have a new post here about The Best chocolate. And don't forget to check out the giveaways-some awesome tea from the Love and Tea Company and cute cards from Stubby Stencil Studio. See the site for details!