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Whether book lover or wordsmith, humorist or romantic, each book will delight, entertain, provoke, and inspire. Another thing they share?  They are all wonderful books for writers. Happy reading! The Big Book of Parenting Tweets-Featuring the Most Hilarious Parents on Twitter:  From the clever gals who created the blogs you love: Science of Parenthood and […]

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  • Ellen Dolgen - Thanks for the book suggestions. We have dear friends who are retired and every morning they each read a poem to each other!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - My poet ex fiance hated Neruda, but I do like him, too!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - Agreed. The Big Book of Parenting Tweets is HILARIOUS. The Stephen King book isn’t hilarious, but it’s a good read and the man surely knows his topic. Haven’t read Neruda since college. What am I reading now? Just finished re-reading Elinor Lipman’s The Family Man. A good fun read.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Weight - i can’t wait to get the parenting tweet book. I need something light and funny these days.ReplyCancel

  • Jen Kehl - I really need to read On Writing. Every good writer I know has read that book and I think it’s time for a kick in the pants! And those tweets had me rolling! Everytime I get a glimpse into that book I know I’m going to love it!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I think I’ve had that Stephen King book sitting on my shelf forever but I still haven’t read it — probably because I’m too busy writing!ReplyCancel

2015 began with a slower start than I had planned. Usually, I hurl myself into the new year with renewed vim and vigor and a To-Do List a mile long. My body and mind tingling from the excitement of a new beginning and probably too much caffeine. But I was sidelined… Unplugging from most of […]

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  • Estelle - Welcome back Linda! Glad you had such a nice time with your kids. Love your word. Mine is depth–I want to go deeper this year with my writing and my relationships. Here’s to a happy 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ The Gracious Posse - PURGE. Glad you are back connecting! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Happy New Year CG..Loved this post! And who knew you were so handy with a tortilla chip!?ReplyCancel

  • Barb Best - (Drum roll) My word is “relish” (not the condiment)ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - My one word resolution is DO. So instead of trying, I will DO it.ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - We seem to be leading parallel lives, although I will confess I have never been one to make NY resolutions, that’s more of a birthday thing for me. Love your word — I feel as if that is why we are all here — to connect. Welcome back and cheers to that slow start.ReplyCancel

  • Toni McCloe - I can’t think of a better way to spend an entire month than to spend it with your kids. And yes it is hard to get back into the swing of things. I know because I took off from marketing my book for a whole and it was really hard to work up the momentum again.
    I love the “editor’s note” and I’m going to check out Nashville, too.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Welcome back! My word is Improve because there seem to be so many areas in which I can achieve that. I can not, however, improve on that tortilla chip 2015 – which is awesome and making me want to already blow my diet, thank you very much.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - I love Nashville! Just another reason why I love you so much! Happy New Year. My word is NO.ReplyCancel

  • Not A Stepford Life Blog - Succeed is my word. It’s a HUGE word, encompassing my goals as a wife, mother, and writer. And general human being.ReplyCancel

  • Andi - I only took two weeks off and had a difficult time getting back into it as well! IT felt so right and so wrong at the same time! My word of the year is refine which has also been my word the last 2 years, I am hoping to get it right this year!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kaplan - Your post could have been mine because it says so much of what I’m feeling and thinking. Good stop getting started again – I hope to follow in your footsteps soon.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I can tell my brain is cotton after being on vacation because I thought I left you a comment!

    I am leading a parallel life except for Nashville! (Sorry) I haven’t chosen a word, but I love “reach”, “less drama” (yes, I know that’s two!) and “healthy.”

    Here’s to an incredible 2015!ReplyCancel

  • mike - Awesome! 2015 will be a great year to all of us bloggers! Cheers to all of our success :)ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - So happy to be back and thanks for the warm welcome! Love the words y’all have come up with.ReplyCancel

  • Raejean - I hope you are feeling better! My word of the year is happy. As my children get older and life changes, I realized much of my happiness revolved around making others to the point of losing touch with what makes me happy.ReplyCancel

Babies aren’t born with parenting guides, and real parenting lessons can happen at any time, even when we least expect it. Sometimes these lessons seep in without our even being aware of them, only to realize their impact years later. I am delighted to be sharing my story on Kveller today, about the advice a […]

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  • becca - What a beautiful story and a great lesson learned. thank you for sharing your memory.ReplyCancel

  • Tara Pittman - Such a great post. I can see the joy kids get when they win but they also need to be taught how to lose too as that is a life lesson.ReplyCancel

  • Nina - Linda, this was very touching. It’s amazing he remembered those memories all those years. It’s also great that he turned it around and let you win as well.

    I agree—I let my kids win since they’re so young. I’m all about challenges, but I’m also aware that I have a crazy unfair advantage against my kids and using that makes the whole game not fun.

    Once I can see them master something, then I don’t let them have it so easy, but in the meantime, that delight they’ve won is priceless :)ReplyCancel

  • john - By far the hardest test in life being a parent, I am still on my early days of parenthood and I am really taking small steps and preparing myself for the things to come. This kind of post is what i really wanted to help me understand others.ReplyCancel

I was in a long line at Starbucks this morning, happily waiting to feed my coffee addiction, when I noticed almost everyone looking down at their smart phones. This reminded me of a conversation I had at dinner the other night with friends, about how hard it seems for many young singles to meet “someone.” […]

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  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - My daughter showed me her Tinder account a few weeks ago and my first thought was I would have been obsessed with that when I was her age. Whether or not it would be better to put down the phones, I don’t think it’s going to happen…I noticed the same thing at the airport yesterday during the brief time I didn’t have my head in my computer!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - You are so right. Our kids are meeting people through social media now. I’ve heard of many successful outcomes on JDate and others. A different world …ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Totally agree. And even when they do meet, they spend more time texting each other than actually talking. I feel like a dinosaur complaining about it – and a hypocrite since I’m staring at a screen most of the day.ReplyCancel

  • Debra Paget Harris - I could not agree more! Our kids wouldn’t be able to exist without their cell phones and social media. Really makes you think about what technologies could possibly be next.
    http://www.debrasgifts.comReplyCancel

  • Mary Bird Lanzavecchia - My daughters and I watch people sit next to each other, clearly “sharing time” together, with their noses down in their phones. I must admit, though, I’ve been guilty of stealing glances at my phone while sitting in the living room watching a movie with my family. Um, oops. Great reminder!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Sloss - I agree, it is a problem for this generation. Do they know how to connect without their smart devices. Of course our generation has to take some responsibility for creating this situation as we spent much of their childhood teaching them all about stranger danger. So how can they trust their instincts when meeting random people?ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill (@Nerthus) - I feel old when I am traveling and want to ask someone about a book they are carrying but there is no opportunity to do so because as soon as the book is put down, the phone is picked up… I’m guilty of being overly connected too.ReplyCancel

  • Janice Greenfield Rappoport-Wald - Hi, I agree with you that technology has not helped in all ways. You can’t even comment on a book if you can’t see the cover due to kindle.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Crazy truths. I can’t imagine standing in line anywhere any more without at least 80% of the people looking down – most days, including me…. Makes me think. I met my husband by chance. It would not have happened if I were as connected and worried about staying that way as I am now…. Insane to think about isn’t it?ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - SO true! I have observed the same thing, but not tied it to finding love. It seems as if no one is capable of resting in place alone, it actually frightens me. Every summer we take our kids to our summer cabin, while there we limit all the electronics. I am convinced this habit of learning to be quiet, to be still, to simply be, serves them.
    Don’t you find you want to yell out, FOR GOODNESS SAKE TAKE A MINUTE OFF!
    Love this post!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - You’re absolutely right, of course. But will anybody — ever — put their phones down? Even for a minute? Not a chance.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Great advice. That phone thing makes me nuts. Progress? Ha.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - I wrote an article for Next Avenue not all that long ago on the difficulty of finding a mate nowadays for young adult . The experts I interviewed said this very same thing. Look up, single folks, for your true love may be right in front of you!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kaplan - Couldn’t agree with you more. But there are so many more reasons than that to put down our cell phones. People are losing the ability to communicate appropriately in general. I am always surprised by the number of people together, yet alone, in restaurants. Why bother to go eat with someone if you’re on the phone throughout the meal texting someone else or checking email or doing whatever else they’re all doing as they’re looking at their phones instead of engaging in the moment. I’m going to share your article on my FB page. It’s a true problem relating to technology.ReplyCancel

  • Ali A - Sigh. I hate how true this is. I’m a 32 year old single female and I’ve been on both sides. I often catch myself glued to my phone when on the subway, on line at the store, or anywhere in public, really. I’ll then realize just how unapproachable that makes me and so I’ll put the phone down and try to take a look around at my surroundings. Not necessarily because I’m trying to find the love of my life, but just to take in the sights and also get some great NYC people-watching in.

    And that’s when I realize: everyone ELSE is on their phone or has their nose in some kind of device. Human interaction of any kind with strangers is just G-O-N-E. No one ever looks up from their i(Pad)(Phone)(Pod) and it’s really, really sad.

    You’re right; this behavior makes it virtually impossible to meet people in any capacity. Boo.ReplyCancel

  • Nina - Yup, this makes me so sad when I see folks glued to their phones. Can’t say I’m innocent of it but when I catch myself I put the phone away. It’s harder to strike up a conversation with someone when they look engrossed in their phone!ReplyCancel

Today is Day #30, the last day of NaBloPmo (National Blog Post Month). Remember when I joined fellow bloggers in a blog challenge to write a new blog post every single day during November? Well, if you’re reading this post…I’m officially Done. Pooped. Kaput. (You can find all of my NaBloPoMo posts here.) There were […]

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  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - It was fun, Linda. I actually had a much easier time this year than last. I for sure had a different mind set and didn’t stress out over it at all. Life serves up plenty of things to observe and write about. Cheers to making it and cheers also to staying in touch.ReplyCancel

  • Robbie - here’s to lessons learned!!ReplyCancel

  • jamie@southmainmuse - It is freeing to just hit publish and not have the luxury of over-thinking. No doubt that posting everyday limbers up the brain. Not that everything I posted was scintillating — or well-written, ha. But it was great to have such a supportive community no matter what level my post was. Enjoyed getting to know you better Linda.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - i so know what you mean about hitting “publish” being liberating. Usually I obsess to the point of writing, writing, writing and not publishing. I wonder if your “draft” file is deeper than mine?

    I learned that setting aside the time to write is doing more for myself than I usually do — and that is certainly something to celebrate!

    Thanks for helping me on my journey!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I was so thrilled to be on this NaBloPoMo ride with you Linda. No matter how my day is going you are always there for a good laugh and funny wisdom. You made it easier to post daily because I knew you were doing the same. I love your attitude toward life, dear friend. Thanks for sharing this month with me.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Camus - It was great fun, wasn’t it? I’m so glad I did it too, and I learned the same thing you did, among other lessons (I made a list of 10 things I learned for my final post). And I too hope to post more frequently in the future. Thanks for your company on the journey!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - So much fun doing this with you. You made me laugh so much, which I definitely needed! I don’t know whose bright idea it was to choose November as the big NaBloPoMo month but I’m looking forward to taking it down a notch in December and then doing it again in January. Hope you’ll join in!ReplyCancel

  • Bekki Sayler - Figures that I would hear about NaBloPoMo the day it ends! Lol! I guess there I always next year!
    Well done on getting through the whole month! That is quite an accomplishment. I tend to write in bursts, but then I schedule my posts to be published at a later date. That way I have at least 1-2 posts going out each week!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kaplan - Congrats on making it through 30 days, Linda. I relate completely to everything you said because like you, it usually takes me quite some time before I’m ready to hit the “publish” button. I also keep meaning to have a few posts ready to go … but so far I haven’t succeeded in that department. New Year’s Resolution for me! Keep up the great work and congratulations again.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Mayer - congratulations — way to stick with it! very very impressed and … inspired!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Sloss - I didn’t do it this time and given that I feel last week, broke my ankle/leg in 3 places it was good that I didn’t commit. But I did comment commit to writing comments on the blogs that I read, especially for those of you doing the challenge. Hope my small contribution was encouraging. I know how much I love comments on my blog, so I thought it would help those of you writing every day!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories - I made it through NaBloPoMo too and had the same sort of mixed emotions. From not having time to mull over and spend 4 hours on a single post to the why-on-earth-did-I-do-this to myself! I am glad I did it overall as well.

    Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup and hope you join us again this week!ReplyCancel

If you read my blog then you know movie night is a big night in our home. I’m always up for any excuse to cuddle on the couch with the family. Regardless of your age, there are some high school movies that never lose their shine. The “coming of age” theme is one we can […]

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  • Mary - Wonderful list! I think Breakfast Club was my favorite of them all. I could watch that for days.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Robinson - Great list of movies. There area few I’ve heard of but never watched but you have a great list of classics.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - What a great list, Linda! I’ll have to watch the ones I’ve never seen and get the popcorn ready!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Sloss - Loved most of these and ate constantly playing in our home too! Didn’t see one of my top 5 favorites: 10 Things I Hate About You.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Graham - I have seen them all – some better than others :) I also saw the play Grease LIVE with Chubby Checker. Too cool Thanks for the memoriesReplyCancel

  • Judy Rothman Rofé - Great list, including some of my kids’ faves. Can we expand to 15 and add Rushmore, Election, Dazed and Confused, the Last Picture Show…and Bye Bye Birdie?ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Great list, I loved Dead Poet Society. And some of your classics? The best, high school or not.ReplyCancel

  • Jana - Awesome list. I loved Can’t Hardly Wait also. I think it is a very underrated high school movie!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - To Sir With Love – hands down, no questions! Great list Linda!ReplyCancel

Post-Thanksgiving Poem The turkey was juicy the wine did flow. How I’ll burn off all these calories, I’ll never know. The cranberry sauce, always my fave. But it’s the pumpkin pie, that I always crave. The stuffing looked weird, I’ve never touched the stuff. The pecan pie a la mode was out of this world, […]

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  • Jhanis - Love it! I hope you and your family had a wonderful celebration!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Cute, CG. You were channeling your inner Dr. Seuss!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Sloss - Loved the poem! I Always admire those of you who can communicate through rhyme!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - So cute!
    Mmmm. I think I gained weight just reading this. And I AM in elastic waist pants. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill (@Nerthus) - Wonderful and light-hearted!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Oh I am now chuckling and grinning as I readjust my elastic waist pants!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - I would love to write you a poem as a comment, but I suck at that sort of thing. Instead, I will just tell you that this cracked me up. And, I’ll ask you, did you really eat out? If so, I’m jealous. LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I am grateful for YOU and for your blog. And for how adorable you’d probably look in elastic pants! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - You passed on the mash? Seriously? That was the BEST part of our meal, except for turkey! LOLReplyCancel

  • Stacey Gill - Very cute. I like the Turkey photo – especially the rotting pumpkins on the ground.ReplyCancel

  • Darcy Perdu So-Then Stories - Ha! Great poem!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Mashed potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce are my faves, for sure! Bloated beyond believe here, too. My the Thanksgiving spirit stick around longer than the calories!ReplyCancel

  • jamie@southmainmuse - Bravo — well done. Bloated. That awful word. That’s why I word the dress over the leggings rather than the jeans. Glad you had a great day.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - I’m grateful for you too! But how can you not love stuffing???ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Too funny! I don’t like stuffing either! And, yes, I am thankful for elastic waists!ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Very grateful for you too. As for the food? I love it all, except pumpkin pie. The irony is I made one this year from scratch, I hear it was a it. Oh…and your pie post was what inspired me!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna @Makingmine - Haha, this is so great! And SO true! Stretchy pants are a Thanksgiving must :)ReplyCancel

Wishing all my family, friends, and fabulous readers a Happy Thanksgiving!   I am so grateful to you, my dear readers, who take the time to read, comment, share, tweet, or just have a nice private chuckle with the offerings I dish out. (See what I did there?) Thank you. You make my world go […]

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  • Heidi Sloss - Fun video!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - What a funny video! I hope your day is filled with family and joy! Happy Thanksgiving Linda. Just 3 more days to go and we celebrate, right?ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Love that video! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Linda!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Too funny! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holiday Shopping!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Bradley Colleary - Hey girl, my friend Jamie Lynne just showed me these guys the other day and made me so jealous of their creativity. Love it. Happy T-day!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Hughes - I hadn’t seen the video of that, how funny, thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

I ask a lot of questions. Always have. Just ask my sister who had to listen to my “What if?”and “What’s your favorite…” or “What would you choose?” 24/7. So it should come as no surprise that I have always loved reading the Proust Questionnaire in the back of Vanity Fair magazines. Today I thought […]

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  • Janie Emaus - I ask a lot of questions, too! Coffee. Songwriter. Egg. Here’s my questions – What questions am I answering?ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ann Klein - 1. Tea or coffee? coffee summer tea winter

    2. Salty or sweet? sweet

    3. Last book you read? it was a sex manual for an alternative website I’m helping with

    4. Shopping online or in the flesh? online all the way

    5. Best blogging/writing/social media advice you’ve ever given or received? “engage”

    6. Cupcake or ice cream? ice cream

    7. Name one thing you regret? I can’t remember, I don’t regret.

    8. Ideal Sunday morning? getting up having a cup of tea/coffee with breakfast and going back to bed for sex

    9. Vacation destination: Mountains or beach beach

    10. What are you most proud of? My sons’ resilience

    11. Favorite type of bagel? Won’t eat bagels too many carbs.

    12. Who would you most want to be stuck in an elevator with? Mr. C because he is an engineering genius and would get us out of the elevator

    13. Most important quality in a friend? Loyalty

    14. What you would most want to change about yourself? I would like to be more successful

    15. Talent you wish you had? singing

    16. Biggest fear? snakes

    17. Number #1 on your Bucket List? a summer in the French or Spanish countryside

    18. What side of the bed do you sleep on? the middle

    19. Men: Boxers or briefs? nothing

    20. Women: The one beauty/makeup item you can’t live without? mascera

    21. One word that describes you best? CreativeReplyCancel

Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is one of the most important days kicking off the holiday season: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 is Giving Tuesday, celebrating generosity and giving back in any way that you can. This video provides countless fabulous ideas for giving back: I am so inspired by all the wonderful, moving […]

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  • jamie@southmainmuse - I’ll definitely look for #GiveTuesday. A great follow-up to a Thanksgiving weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Love it, Linda. I love #GivingTuesday too! I’ll be writing about it. The more the merrier to get the word out. I love the choices you provided. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Nice round up! I look forward to participating in GT this year!ReplyCancel

Last year, Mini-Me and I shocked our family by making Thanksgiving dinner. If you know anything about me, then you know I can’t cook. I’m more of a baker, and even that’s a stretch. And you should also know, to the great relief of my family, that this year I’m making reservations. Everyone is ecstatic! […]

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  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - That looks amazing, it actually leaves me wondering if I should try my hand at pie baking just one more time… I’ll let you know. Meantime have a great Thanksgiving out! Feeling a wee bit envious… ;-)ReplyCancel

  • jamie@southmainmuse - Wow. That is beautiful. And reservations does sound wonderful. I’m responsible for two sides. And appetizers at my house before hand, then we move to my in-laws. Which makes me think — I better start planning something.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Bird Lanzavecchia - This is killing me because: 1) I LOVE apple pie and have not had a slice in almost 4 years of being gluten free. 2) It makes me think of my mama, who made the very best apple pie with apples from our tree.
    3) I want a slice right now!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - That looks amazing!! How can you possibly say you don’t cook/bake/whatever?! When I say that, I mean I go out and pick up a pie somewhere! WOW!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle - Yum! That looks delicious! Like you I’m more of a baker, too!!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Wow, what a beautiful crust! I have never been able to make a crust – at least one that did not come from the freezer section. Enjoy your “reservations”!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Well, now you can’t hide behind the idea that you can’t cook. That’s a winner! Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - any leftovers? This pie is a masterpiece!ReplyCancel