For the past few weeks, I have thoroughly enjoyed our discussion of Aidan Donnelley Rowley’s debut novel, Life After Yes.  Thank you to everyone who has read and contributed to our lively conversation.  Today I am thrilled that Aidan has agreed to join us to weigh in on some of the themes and questions that […]

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Welcome to the third installment of our Life After Yes book club!  (Looking for our discussions of the previous sections?  Click here!) If the first section of Life After Yes is all about Identity, and the second section is all about Prudence and Predictability, then the third is about Honesty and Authenticity. And those two […]

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Welcome to the second installment in our Life After Yes book club!  (Want to know what this book club thing is all about?  Click here!  Still on an earlier chapter or want to catch up on last week’s discussion?  Click here!) — As I did last week, I thought I would kick off our conversation […]

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Welcome to the first installment of our book club for Aidan Donnelley Rowley’s Life After Yes!  Please check out my thoughts on chapters 1-11 and then use the comments section to weigh in with your impressions, ideas, and questions.  And, even if you haven’t been reading along with us, I hope you’ll chime in if […]

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…I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to […]

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Once upon a time there was a girl.  A brand new mom of two.  Her teaching career on pause, she stayed at home with her newborn and 20-month-old sons. She loved those boys.  She loved her Husband.  She had a lucky life.  She knew she did.  But she felt sad a lot of the time.  […]

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Welcome to the final week of our book club for Christine Carter’s Raising Happiness! Whether or not you are reading along with us, please enjoy this overview of the final chapter by Katy Keim of BookSnob and then jump on into the discussion. And stay tuned for our upcoming Q&A session with Christine Carter! — This week […]

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It turns out that my typical middle American suburban cul de sac isn’t so typical after all.  You see, the kids on my street play. We had the snowiest winter on record, but that didn’t stop them from heading outside after school to engage in snowball fights or the more genteel snow angel creation and […]

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Welcome to the third week of our book club for Christine Carter’s Raising Happiness! Whether or not you are reading along with us, please enjoy this overview of Chapters 7-9 by Katy Keim of BookSnob and then jump on into the discussion. — Were in the home stretch now. I feel like I have Christine’s […]

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For most of my life, I thought of myself as a tough person.  I met challenges, I met deadlines, I survived a physical assault. I worked hard, I played hard, and I kept going.  And, for most of my life, I thought that was a good thing.  That being tough was a badge of honor […]

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Welcome to the second week of our book club for Christine Carter’s Raising Happiness! Whether or not you are reading along with us, please enjoy this overview of Chapters 4-6 by Katy Keim of BookSnob and then jump on into the discussion, following the question prompts in the comments section. — In Chapters 4-6 this […]

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During Sunday afternoon’s precious double nap, I sat at my desk, wrangling with WordPress, trying to format Katy’s guest post to have it ready to publish on Monday morning.  My Internet connection was creeping its way along at speeds I haven’t seen since the early days of dial-up.  I felt frustrated.  I felt angry.  I […]

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Welcome to our first book club meeting!  Katy Keim of BookSnob and I are thrilled that you have decided to join us for our discussion of Christine Carter’s Raising Happiness. Here’s how things will work: Each Monday, Katy will post a review of our selection for the week, followed by a series of discussion questions.  […]

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