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Yahoo Voices Closes

Sad news last week: Yahoo Voices is closing.

You may never have heard of Yahoo Voices. It began about nine years ago, and was named Associated Content at the time before being bought a few years back by Yahoo.

Even before Associated Content, I wrote for a site (now defunct) called Themestream. This was probably around the turn of the century (wow — that sounds ancient!). I was a mom with two or three little girls at home at that time, and it was a respite to let the kids watch Barney or the Teletubbies for an hour while I wrote up an article on this or that. I was writing! And my work was published online! How fun!

Around 2007, I began writing at Associated Content. I began by writing an article about how to succeed with piano lessons. Then I wrote one about tips for having a hedgehog as a pet. Where things really took off, though, was when I began writing about the Gosselin family of “Jon and Kate Plus Eight.”

I was shocked at how many people wanted to read about the family — first they were sweet and cute, and then they devolved into a dysfunctional mess. Along the way, I entered (and won) a contest to sit in the front row at an appearance by Kate at the Indianapolis Home Show. I wrote about it, and the views poured in (I should probably mention that at AC, and then YV, we are usually paid an upfront amount for each article, but also a small amount for each time an article is viewed).

Yahoo Voices began choosing “featured contributors” in various fields, and I applied to be one in arts & entertainment. I was thrilled to get to do that, and spent happy hours learning about SEO (search engine optimization), and deciding which topics and phrases lots of people would be searching for. A recent phenomena is the Duggar family, of “19 Kids and Counting” fame. They’re highly popular, although I’m not sure they’ve reached “Jon and Kate” level.

 

Yahoo Voices homepage

Maybe a year ago, the Featured Contributor program was dropped. Google continued to fiddle with its algorithm, wreaking havoc with page views (basically, any article on Yahoo Voices was penalized with less page views than similar articles on other sites such as eHow. Why? That is a mystery, known only to the man behind the Google curtain).

Then last week, the news that Voices is closing up shop altogether, with July 31 being the last day.

It’s bittersweet news. I’ve learned a lot writing there, made some great online friends, launched my own blog, and written 5 books. I’m not sure any of those things would have happened had I not begun writing online.

So, if you’d like to earn me a few pennies and have spare time this month :), feel free to peruse my articles. Actually, I’m busy copying them and you’ll most likely be seeing some of them over the coming months here on the blog. One good thing about the shutdown is that the authors get all the rights to our pieces back.

Have any of you written for Yahoo Voices? How about other venues, either online or off?

Thanks to for a review copy of 90 Minutes in Heaven 10th Anniversary Edition, which contains affiliate links.

90 Minutes in Heaven Anniversary EditionImagine you were in a car crash so severe that medics on the scene determined that you were dead when they could find no pulse. You are trapped in your mangled car, until, for some unknown reason, someone comes upon the scene and feels led to come over to the wreckage and pray for you. Even though he’s told that you’re dead. Sure enough — the man praying soon began yelling at the EMT’s, “This guy is alive!” And he was — then.

90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life is Don Piper’s tale of this accident, his trip to heaven, and his lengthy recovery period which followed.

When I was a child, I seemed to spend lots of time in our church library. It was just a room adjacent to the choir room, but I was often stuck there when my mom had a choir rehearsal or my dad had a church meeting. I probably have read more books from that room than any other church member (I say this not to brag, but because I’m not sure I ever saw anyone else even looking at a book there). When I was in junior high, I came across a little book about someone who’d been clinically dead for a short time. He (or she? I hate that I’ve forgotten both the book’s name and the person’s gender) retold his experiences in heaven. I was really moved by this book, and remember loaning it to a (gasp! Catholic!) friend, and discussing it with several friends. It was the beginning for me of an interest in reading about near-death experiences. I’ve read many since then, some of which have become quite famous, and some that are even disturbing. I think they’re fascinating, because, since Christianity is such a huge part of my life, it’s understandable that I’d be curious about where I’ll be spending the vast, vast portion of my total existence.

“90 Minutes” is pretty typical of the genre. Piper tells about his accident, then his time in heaven, which is unfortunately brief. That tends to be the problem with most books of this type. The time in heaven isn’t too long, because let’s face it — if it were longer, chances are the person wouldn’t have come back to earth. But what Piper does see if no doubt good: he’s greeted at the gate by a huge horde of people. He recognizes many as those who’ve died before him. They all look quite happy and healthy, and all of them — even those he didn’t know — are so happy to see him. There’s only joy; no sadness at people left behind or anything like that. He hears music which can only be described as “heavenly.” It is so beautiful. He hears hymns he grew up with, but notices that they all focus on happy themes and praises. None are about Jesus’ death and crucifixion, for instance.

Then, Piper is inevitably brought back to earth. His recovery comprises most of the book, and that isn’t too pleasant. He spent months in the hospital, endured dozens of surgeries, depression, and well, the whole period was just a downer. But years later, he wrote his story (with the help of Cec Murphey, who will always be special to me). It began affecting many people, and in the opening of the book, Piper talks about all the countries he’s traveled to to tell his story. Really, the impact it has had has been unbelievable.

I recommend the book. It’s a good reminder to us Christians that earth isn’t our final destination. And it’s a good nudge to non-believers that we’d all do well to consider that earth isn’t an ultimate home to any of us.

 

Menu Plan Monday

menuplanmondayMenu Plan Monday again, on a very busy week. Tomorrow is judging of non-perishable 4-H projects (posters, crafts, sewing, etc), and Wednesday is judging of the food. Youngest daughter has decided on these yeast rolls and has already made strawberry freezer jam. Middle daughter is making microwave candy, Milky Way Balls.  And oldest daughter is making an international baked food — Old German Honey Cookies. Wish them success — it’s always kind of nerve-wracking to wait your turn to sit with the judge as he/she critiques your work.

milky way balls

So, with last week being busy as well, some of last week’s menu was interrupted and will be re-appearing this week.

Monday: Chicken Stir Fry – I just fix chicken, a bag of alfalfa sprouts, a chopped carrot or two and snap peas (now ready in the garden!) in soy sauce, and serve with rice.

Tuesday: Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole — a favorite, and great for busy days because it’s made in the crockpot. I’ll need something easy today — morning spent at judging, 7 piano students in the afternoon … Ai yi yi …

Wednesday: Spicy Potato Casserole — – from an Amish Cook column in our newspaper, and daughter #1′s favorite — probably green beans from the garden as well. I picked them this morning when I noticed a rabbit beating me to them. Really not enough now, but maybe by Wednesday there will be more.

1.5 lb browned ground beef

1 pkg taco seasoning

1 small onion, diced

8 medium potatoes, boiled and shredded (or use a bag of hash browns)

4 T butter, melted

2 cups shredded cheese

1 t. salt

1 pint sour cream

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 soup can milk

2.5 cups crushed corn chips

Combine ground beef, taco seasoning and onion.  Put mixture in bottom of 9 x 13 dish.  Mix potatoes with butter, cheese, salt, sour cream and soup.  Mix with milk.  Spoon over hamburger mixture.  Top with remaining chips.  Bake 45 minutes at 350.

Thursday: I give up: frozen pizza ;)

Friday: It’s Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day, so you know where we’ll be eating, for free! Maybe we’ll see you there?

More menu ideas at OrgJunkie’s.

 **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated (at no additional cost to you) if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Invited to a baby shower? Want a cute outfit for a niece, nephew, or grandchild? If you haven’t shopped Tea Collection before, do yourself a favor and check it out. They have such cute clothes for newborns up to size 12, and women’s clothes as well. They deliver to your door, eliminating the need to fight the heat and humidity on your way to the mall.

Now, Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale is going all out and marking sale items down an additional 40% off starting today (7/3) and ending Monday (7/7). Sweet dresses, tees, onesies and more all filled with the rich colors and intricate patterns of faraway Morocco.

Simply use the promo code MORE40 when you checkout.
Some things I especially love –

Tea Collection Mosaic Rose Twirl DressThis adorable Mosaic Rose Twirl Dress — so sweet, and a bargain at under $20.

Got a boy to buy for?

Tea Collection Peli Stripe RomperI love the Peli Stripe Romper, with its summery stripes. At under $15, you can’t go wrong.

Shipping is a flat $7, or free if you spend $150 or more. With these prices,  styles will sell out as the sale is almost over. Have fun shopping!

Coming soon: one of my favorite holidays of the year. No, Christmas is months away. Easter is behind us. What could this day be?

Why, it’s Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day.

Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation DayThis day is held once each year at all Chick-fil-A restaurants. This year, it’s July 11.

To participate, just go to your favorite Chick-fil-A, dressed as a cow.

Yes, dressed as a cow.

Don’t feel embarrassed. The restaurant will likely be full of other kids and adults in full cow attire. And don’t worry about struggling to make a cow costume using a pattern, zipper, and yards of fur. You can create a cow “costume” by wearing clothes in white or black and adding paper “spots.”

Chick-fil-A has a website with information and printables to help you become a cow for a few hours. I’ve created a Cow Appreciation Day Pinterest board with more ideas to inspire you (yes, there are even cow manicures you can give yourself, if you’re feeling you want to go the whole nine yards).

If you dress like a cow from “head to hoof,” you’re entitled to a Chick-fil-A meal (basically, an entree, a side, and a drink). Bring you entire family as a herd of cows, and dinner (or breakfast, or lunch) in on Chick-fil-A. If you just can’t  handle being a full-blown cow, wear a single element (a cow hat, cow mask, etc) and you’ll get an entree of your choice.

Cow Appreciation Day is Chick-fil-A’s way of thanking its customers, who are so moo-velously loyal all year long. Treat yourself to a little fun and some delicious food on July 11. You have plenty of time to prepare, so get busy!

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In other Chick-fil-A news, our local Fort Wayne Jefferson Pointe Chick-fil-A will begin selling THRIVE coffee July 7, with the official roll-out set for August 18.

Chick-fil-A’s new coffee will be sustainably sourced by THRIVE Farmers Coffee.  It originates from Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras — three of the countries with the highest-volume producers of specialty-grade coffee in the world.

THRIVE Farmers Coffee business is based in Roswell, Georgia. They pioneered a new “farmer direct” business model that gives coffee farmers a real ownership stake and returns more of the profits to the farmer than traditional models (including fair trade coffee).

Michael Jones, THRIVE Farmers Coffee Founder and CEO, worked with Ken Lander, an American who had retired to Costa Rica and bought a coffee farm, and local coffee farmers, to develop the THRIVE Farmers model. Ken is now Founder, President and Chief Origin Officer for THRIVE Farmers Coffee. THRIVEWorx International is the THRIVE Farmers Coffee farmer organization that supports the farmer by providing processing and logistics at the local point of origin.

Do you plan to try THRIVE? I must confess I don’t enjoy coffee, so I probably won’t. I’d love to hear comments from those who do, though.

menuplanmondayHappy Menu Plan Monday! What is going on in your kitchen or garden this week? I have kind of given up on my garden. Apparently, there are a few rabbits and a few chipmunks who have pretty much decimated my strawberry patch (which was to have begun producing this year). Not sure if I’ll try to plan another patch in 2015 with hopes of strawberries in 2016 or not … The critters have also eaten all the spinach. My zucchini plants are still tiny, so not sure I’ll get anything from them.

On the bright side, the snap peas look good (I’ll be using them in stir fry this week) and I noticed green beans out there as well. I better pick them fast before someone else gets them! The tomato plants look good too, although it will probably be a month before tomatoes are ready.

Here’s the plan:

Monday: Chicken Curry – I like this and have not made it in a while.

Tuesday: Beef Nacho Casserole -- this recipe is from the “Amish Cook” column in our newspaper. A friend made it last week and recommended it.

Wednesday: Chicken Stir Fry – I just fix chicken, a bag of alfalfa sprouts, a chopped carrot or two and snap peas in soy sauce, and serve with rice.

Thursday: Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole — I make this a lot, so I decided to make a fancy (for me) graphic (with my youngest daughter’s help, I might add) and type the recipe for you:

Cheesy Tater Tot casserole crockpot

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts (uncooked but thawed)

1 bag tater tots

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup milk

salt and pepper as desired

Cheesy Tater Tot casserole crockpotFirst, arrange half the tater tots in the bottom of your crockpot. Cover with half the cheese.

cheesy tater tot casserole

Cut chicken into pieces and arrange over this. Salt and pepper as desired.

Add other half of tater tots and cheese. Pour milk over all.

cheesy tater tot casseroleCook on low until chicken is done. On my crock pot, this takes about 4 hours.

So delicious! The tater tots kind of fall apart and are creamy and delicious.

Friday: July 4 — going to a neighbors’! Fun! I hope you all have a fun holiday as well.

More menu ideas at OrgJunkie’s.

 

 

 

Childhood Memories FridayMusic. It’s always been part of my life, from my youngest years when my mom sat at the piano and sang songs with me: Somebody’s eating all the crumbs. Somebody’s eating all the crumbs! Oh blackbird, don’t be so greedy, somebody’s eating all the crumbs ….

Then there was story time at the library with Mrs. Graves and more singing, and Sunday school with “Only a Boy Named David” and so many, many more … Kindergarten class where we sweated along with Mrs. Wintin to “Go You Chicken Fat, Go!” There was a piano in the kindergarten room, and she’d frequently play for us to sing. Does this happen in kindergarten classrooms today, or are we so eager to teach pre-algebra to 5 year olds that there is no time to sing?

Every Saturday night, Lawrence Welk on the TV. I remember being so amazed because my mom could identify apparently every song sang on that show, within the first phrase. How did she do that?

Lawrence Welk showNow, I am experiencing the same thing as a piano teacher: I’m the knowledgeable old fogey who recognizes all these strange melodies. My student and I will turn the page to the next piece, and I’ll say, “Oh, you know this,” and I play a few lines, only to be met with a blank stare. What? How can you not at least be familiar with The Brave Old Duke of York or Beethoven’s Ode to Joy? I’ll admit that, happily, I think everyone to this point has had a moment of recognition on the Eine Kleine Nachtmusic theme, so it must be pretty ubiquitous in the culture. And I guess I can understand the Muslim girl not knowing Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho, but it doesn’t seem to ring a bell with even most of my Jewish and Christian kids.

Kids today do still know the popular music of the day. Often they play those songs in lessons, since I’m such a nice piano teacher who wants them to enjoy their lessons and play songs that will encourage them to keep on playing (not easy in a world full of electronics and sports). But as I sing along with the lyrics, sometimes I have to laugh: Do you ever feel, like a plastic bag …  I have to stop, narrow my eyes, and ask, “Olivia. Have you ever felt like a plastic bag? Seriously? Because I don’t think I ever have.”

But popular music has always been with us. While I don’t remember listening to much popular music in my teen years, I do remember thoroughly enjoying the “morning show” that high school deejays produced in the mornings as we walked to class. Air Supply, Huey Lewis, Chicago, Michael Jackson — good stuff.

How about you? Is there a song you remember fondly from your childhood or teen years?

Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard WeddingThe June 21 wedding of “19 Kids and Counting”‘s Jill Duggar to WalMart tax accountant Derick Dillard has drawn huge attention. Yet while bits of information have come out, most details have not. Curious fans want to know: what do we know about the Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard wedding?

When will the wedding be shown?

There’s not a lot of information in the public forum for a reason: TLC, the TV station that runs the show, put a gag order on guests at the wedding (and there were reportedly over 1000). Why? TLC, understandably, wants the excitement over the wedding to stay at fever pitch until they can feature the ceremony in a “19 Kids and Counting” episode. When will the wedding episode be shown? TLC has said “this fall.”

So they finally kissed?

The Duggar family makes a famously huge deal of not kissing (or “front hugging”) until the wedding day. While we haven’t seen any photos yet of that big wedding ceremony kiss, they did release one taken afterwards –

Derick Dillard dips Jill Duggar for a wedding kissAnd actually, here’s yet another one …

Jill Duggar Derick Dillard kiss in truckAt the wedding, there was a display of a police shirt worn by Derick’s late dad, Rick Dillard. The wedding dress worn by Jill Duggar’s mom, Michelle Duggar, was also on display.

michelle duggar wedding dress rick dillard police shirtDerick’s dad, Rick Dillard, died in 2008, although the cause is not clear.

derick dillard and dad Rick Dillard

Derick Dillard and his dad, Rick

Sadly, it was reported that Derick’s mom, Cathy Dillard Bynum, is suffering from cancer and was unable to attend the wedding rehearsal. She did get to attend the wedding, although she reportedly came there straight from the hospital.

Jill Duggar Derick Dillard wedding party

Jill Duggar Derick Dillard wedding truckThe wedding reception was reportedly held at the Duggars’ large house, where guests enjoyed cookies, cupcakes, and root beer floats.

Jill bought her dress at Ava Laurenne Bride in Fredericksburg, Virginia, not far from where brother Josh lives. She wanted something “modest but not frumpy,” according to the shop owner.  She wanted a vintage look, a tailored fit, but not a lacy look. The dress she ended up choosing was made by Allure Romance.

At the shop, Jill got the “Princess Treatment,” a service available for $500. It includes getting the shop to yourself (and up to 15 family members) as well as food, music, and “surprises.”

Jill Duggar Derick Dillard wedding

You’ll notice the “People” logo on several photos. The magazine bought rights to the wedding photos, so I’m betting you’ll see a story (with more photos) in the new People magazine when it comes out.

Will you be watching the wedding episode when it airs this fall?

grandma cookingRecently, I read this article about about skills your grandma had that we (ie, folks nowadays) don’t.

I figured it would feature things like “talking face-to-face instead of electronically,” and yes, there’s a nod to that, but some of the other “skills” listed kind of surprised me. Number one was “cooking from scratch.” Maybe it’s because of my menu planning and my basic frugality, but I’d never considered that people today don’t have the “skill” of cooking and baking. Honestly, I don’t consider it a skill — it just takes time and planning. Then again, I suppose those are two things in short supply these days. But is it harder to cook today than it was 30 years ago? I don’t know.

The article discussed sewing, quilting, and darning. I know that only a few would sew their own clothes these days. It has surprised me, though, to see how few people can do things like re-hem a pair of too-long pants or sew on a button. Years back, when I was teaching, another teacher offered to pay me to hem some pants for her husband. It was surprising to me because I just assumed everyone could do that. The article mentions part of the problem here being that home ec classes are being dropped by schools. I’m not sure that’s a major factor, though. My girls have taken the (required) middle school home ec classes, and the only sewing involved was to hand-sew a pillow (which I might add sounds like a mighty cumbersome way to make a pillow!). I doubt that the kids who’ve taken these classes would feel comfortable doing sewing repairs as adult.

Canning — and ironing “really well” — well, they’ve got me there. I honestly don’t have much interest in getting all the equipment needed to can, and I’ve done fine with freezing garden fare. I do iron — very occasionally — but I’ll free admit I’m not great at ironing sleeves or other tricky things. Same with “haggling” — did people really do that a lot in the good ‘ol days? I am uncomfortable trying to get someone to take less for something they’re offering for sale (and when I have a garage sale, I don’t like it when someone tries to get my .50 shirt for a quarter!)

Another one I relate to is writing letters. I miss these. I remember writing a letter home each week when I was in college, and on into my young adult life. Long distance phone calls were pretty expensive (remember standing with your hand over the receiver, calling out, “Hurry up! It’s LONG DISTANCE!?), and of course there were no texts or emails. No, I never used the beautiful fountain pens, but I did write many a letter. Now, other than writing notes in cards to people, I don’t write letters at all. I don’t receive any, either. I kind of miss that.

What about you? Can you think of any skills that older people have that the younger generation is missing out on?

 

 

 

Book Chat

This month’s book reviews contain affiliate links. All opinions mine.

God Less America StarnesI often hear, and enjoy, radio commentaries by Todd Starnes. So when I learned that he had a book out, and that he wanted bloggers to read and review it, I was happy to comply. God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values is his book.

The book is largely made of  various outrages in the news today. I was able to read a succinct version, for the first time,  of the sad tale of Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran because of his Christianity. I read about an NFL player who sacked Christian player Tim Tebow during a game, and then “Tebowed” him — pretended to pray in celebration on bended knee. Always the thought is there: apparently making fun of Christians is fine. But would it be acceptable to openly mock a Muslim player, for instance? There was also a troubling chapter on the US military and its growing insistence on gay rights.  Christian military chaplains are apparently being told that they cannot pray in the name of Jesus or quote scripture. Ummm … I’m wondering what they can do, then? And in several instances, members were chastised for even voicing opposition to gay marriage. One military member made the observations that, in the military at least, Christians and gays appear to have changed places: gays are out of the closet, while Christians are being forced into it.

Much of the “God Less” trend appears to be led by President Obama, and numerous examples are given: for instance, for their first Christmas at the White House, the Obamas apparently told their social secretary that they wanted to plan a “non-religious Christmas.” Starnes goes on to elaborate on specifics — Obama has released multiple statements recognizing the observance of various Muslim holidays, but often either fails to mention Christian holidays at all (example: Easter 2011), or redefines Christian holidays in non-religious ways: “Service to others — that’s what this season is all about. For my family and millions of Americans, that’s what Christmas is all about.” O-kay then.

These chapters inevitably raised my blood pressure, so it’s nice that they were interspersed with humorous, fictional chapters. Starnes really shines at humor writing. I was cracking up as he described a modern church, with its “King of the Juice” drink bar serving “Laodicea Lattes” — neither too hot nor too cold, natch … He also quips that perhaps a Nativity scene should have been set up in front of our embassy at Benghazi, as help (or at least some type of attention) might have arrived sooner …

At times the book gets a bit laundry list-ish, with its seemingly neverending detailing of the war against Christianity. And while I get that Starnes is a good ‘ol Southern boy, I did tire after a while of all the mentions of sweet tea, buttered biscuits, and “bless your heart.” Nevertheless, a good read overall and a call out of complacency for Christians. It’s amazing how far our nation has slid, morally, just in my lifetime.

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where somebody waitsWhere Somebody Waits is the story of Ruby, a remarkable woman who made her mark on many during her lifetime. We follow Ruby from her young adult years through her death in her 80s, and the author does an excellent job creating the southern environment the book is set in.

“The Ferris wheel goes up, and it comes down. You got to pay to take the ride,” Ruby says by way of explaining love to her young nieces. She should know — she married her husband after breaking things off with her original beau, who had adored her. Ruby seems to be adored by pretty much everyone and to end up in the center of many controversial issues — abortion, infidelity, AIDS, racism. In fact, the book began to feel a bit laundry-list-ish to me, with Ruby predictably taking the right-but-unpopular-at-the-time side on every social issue as it arose. She seemed to be an instrument for the author to make a social commentary. I found the storytelling style difficult to follow as well:  each chapter is narrated by a different person, and often it’s hard to know who is speaking for the first few pages. The time frame jumps all over the place too.

Still, the voice and writing style were well done, and I enjoyed them. I’d recommend reading this one in one sitting so you can keep all the varying story lines straight and just wallow in the atmosphere.

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Elsewhere RussoHaving read and enjoyed “Empire Falls” and other books by Richard Russo, I thought I’d enjoy Elsewhere, described as his memoir. However, this book was really more about his mom than himself. It was interesting, though: Russo was the only child of Jean Russo, who was married to his dad only briefly. She always considered herself and “Ricko Mio” to be a single unit, telling him that they would always be together. That turned out to be fairly accurate. When Richard decided to move from New York to Arizona to go to college, Mom came right along with him.

As the years passed, Mom continued following Richard (and in time, his wife and daughters) wherever he moved for various university teaching and then writing jobs. And Mom was quite the character: demanding, quirky, you name it. While she was no doubt grateful to her son for all he did for her, her words often belied this, as she’d berate him for this and that, complain about the latest apartment he’d found for her, and always hurl that ultimate put-down of one’s powers of empathy: “You have no idea what (fill in the blank) is like.”

Only after Mom’s death and his own daughter’s strange symptoms does Russo put together that Mom had OCD (and honestly, based on this book, I’d have said she was bipolar or something more serious than that). That this surprises him struck me as odd, but I guess it’s human nature to want to deny quirks in our closest relatives as something more benign than perhaps they really are.

Interesting book, which inspires you to think about the various traits in families and how they show up here and there — although the book is pretty depressing overall. I’m with Russo wholeheartedly in his gratitude that he was able to take his own personality weak spots and turn them into a satisfying career better than his Mom did.

 

Also A Wilder Rose about the relationship between Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose

and Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money by Dave Ramsey and daughter Rachel Cruze

What’s the best book you’ve read lately? More ideas at 5 Minutes for Books.