2018 has had me in a whirl of emotion and change. Between home, health, financial issues, transportation, anxiety... I've got something going on in just about every sector. It's also the year my child becomes a teen, which is also loaded with emotion for me. The other day a friend recommended a book for me and I can't wait to dive into it.

The Nordic Theory of Everything

In the West, we tend to de-value free time, down time and even sleep, taking pride in not taking time off, rushing around and being busy. Socrates said, "Beware the barrenness of a busy life," and he was right. Many other countries, particularly Nordic ones, know that pleasure and self-care are instrumental in a happy, healthy life. In Anu Partanen's The Nordic Theory of Everything, you will learn about everything from stress reduction to improving relationships.

Should Any Books Be Banned?

When it comes to banning books, most bibliophiles are vehemently against the practice. There’s no room for censorship among artists and free thinkers, right? When parents want to ban books like To Kill a Mockingbird or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest from high school reading lists, most lovers of literature protest, arguing that the themes of these books are important for young adults to experience.

Consider lending your talents to other homeschoolers

Each homeschooling parent has their own unique talent.

If there is one thing I learned about homeschooling, it's that each educating parent has their own set of unique talents. When parents get together every so often, they can use these talents for the good of more than just their own children. Their children will also benefit from the talents of others.

My daughter's best friend has a mother who taught elementary school for over 9 years before retiring to homeschool her own daughter. She is currently holding an election class for 5 homeschoolers plus her daughter. My daughter is having a great time learning about the upcoming election process. The election class is only running a period of 6 weeks total, so it wasn't a huge time commitment, but it did present a unique learning opportunity for those 5 kids.

I'm the mom that doesn't mind getting a bit messy. This means the homeschoolers my daughter is friends with come to my house for pumpkin carving and painting, cooking baking at Christmas, and egg dying at Easter. Again, not a big time commitment.

Banned Books Week sheds light on censorship in America

Don't let the censors win!

Every day across the nation, books are being challenged and removed from public and school libraries. Why challenge a book? The people trying to enforce this censorship truly believe they are doing it for all the right reasons. For the most part, to protect the children. Protect them from dangerous ideas, dangerous thoughts, dangerous information.

But what it really boils down to is, someone complains to the library because they feel that The Hunger Games (which never mentions race, although it describes Katniss as "olive skinned" and Rue as "dark skinned") is racist. And the librarian who receives this complaint has to take it seriously.

Review: Career Comeback by Lisa Johnson Mandell

A Book for Women in Career Transition

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s “Career Comeback” is a disorganized mixture of solid, dependable career advice and fluff disguised as career advice for female professionals either re-entering the workforce or changing careers. If I had to grade Lisa Johnson Mandell’s “Career Comeback” in terms of usefulness for career seekers, I would probably give “Career Comeback” a C+.


Here are the reasons for giving “Career Comeback” such a mediocre grade:


  1. As I mentioned in the first paragraph, “Career Comeback” is disorganized. It’s hard to find the useful information when you are reading through chapters devoted to beauty makeovers.
  2. Lisa Johnson Mandell spends WAY too much time weighing in on how to blog and how to social network. It’s not that Lisa Johnson Mandell’s advice about blogging is bad; it’s more that it’s irrelevant and unnecessary to a majority of her readers.
  3. Some of the chapter titles in “Career Comeback” fail to give the reader an idea of what the chapter is about. For example, the chapter “Reality Check” doesn’t give the reader enough information about what the book will be about, so it’s difficult to quickly peruse the book.
  4. Many of the examples in the book are poor. For example, the examples of women going through career changes in the book that Lisa Johnson Mandell mentions in “Career Comebcack” probably won’t resonate with most women. The most striking example is that of a twice-divorced single mom who eventually found her bliss by marrying a man in prison. It’s an interesting story, but the woman’s story is definitely more a cautionary tale than a model to live by.


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