Time Magazine’s sucky cover.

Time magazine has caused a tsunami on the parental values debate. Mum’s are picking sides and passing judgement on their sisters. Do we really need fuel for the fire?

AND NOW for my 2 cents worth.

I think there are 2 major things wrong with this cover and both elements rub me the wrong way.

#1 The layout of the photo.

If Jamie Lynne were sitting on a lounge chair in her own home holding her 3 year old son in both arms and looking lovingly down at him, people would see the ‘attachment’ part of attachment parenting. The love and the beauty that is apparent in this parenting method.

There are a good portion of Mothers who find breast feeding difficult, if not totally impossible. The fact this woman has managed to be able to nurse her son for this long should be applauded.

On the other hand we shouldn’t be guilt tripping women for whom this is not even close to their reality. Which brings us to the second thing I find wrong with this cover.

#2 The headline.

Mothers are finding it hard enough to make their children’s lives as rich as they can without having a world renown magazine telling them they don’t measure up.

“Are you Mum enough.” HOW DARE THEY!

Drawing a line in the sand not only divides the masses, but triggers remorse and regret for women who may feel like they really don’t measure up. This is stupid and takes us backwards not forwards in the struggle for parental support from the community.

For all our bitching and carrying on, there is one positive thing to come from this awful cover…

We’re ALL talking about it.

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Half way point

I have officially hit and passed the half way point for my reading goal for the year!

K if you want the full list read on, if not, this is all I’m posting today.

Books by Charlaine Harris

  • Dead Over Heels
  • A Fool and his Honey
  • Last Scene Alive
  • Poppy Done To Death
  • An Ice Cold Grave
  • Grave Secret
  • Deadlocked

Books by Kim Harrison

  • Pale demon
  • A Perfect Blood

Books by Alyson Noël

  • Fated
  • Radiance
  • Shimmer
  • Dreamland
  • Whisper

Books by Chloe Neill

  • Some Girls Bite
  • Friday Night Bites
  • Twice Bitten
  • Hard Bitten
  • Drink Deep

Anthologies

  • Vacations From Hell
  • Never After

All other books

  • Night Veil – Yasmine Galenorn
  • Wildcat Fireflies – Amber Kizer
  • Kitty and the Midnight Hour – Carrie Vaughn
  • By Midnight – Mia James
  • Darkness falls – Mia James
  • Slide – Jill Hathaway
  • Cinder – Melissa Meyer
  • Hallowed – Cynthis Hand
  • The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love – Jennifer Smith
  • The Book of Blood and Shadow – Robin Wasserman
  • Unleashed – Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
  • Smoulder – Brenna Yonvanoff
  • Undone – Rachel Caine
  • Shiver – Maggie Stiefvator
  • Twilight Before Christmas – Christine Feehan
  • Secret Life of a Vampire – Kerrilyn Sparks
  • Dead Heat – Bronwyn Perry
  • 12 Minutes to Midnight – Christopher Edge
  • Winter’s Light – M.j. Hearle
  • What I would do if I were you – Mandy Nolan
  • Storm – Brigid Kemmerer

Loving the variety this year and I know I have a couple of really good ones lined up to be read and reviewed this week. I’ll so get to 80 before December. YAY!!!

Maybe my target can be 100 for 2013. *happy dag dance*

April at a Glance

April was a month of so many moments I hope to remember right into my senile years. (Oh hush, I’m not there yet)

Vision was forced to make a quick change of venue due to some maintenance work on the room we’re usually in. Thank the powers that be for the Brisbane Square Library for allowing me to bend the rules a little and allowing us to crash there. It was wonderful to have as many people turn up that did on such short notice.

I attended the wedding of the last kid I used to baby-sit. The sisters and both families did an amazing job working together to make the day magical. I loved every minute and was proud to loan them the kiddo to stand up there with them to make the day feel like it had come full circle.

Bless their hearts. May their married lives be prosperous and filled with happiness and joy.

Kiddo was picked to participate in an advanced creative writing program through the school. The Author who’s mentoring the kids this time around is Deborah Abela. Her book Grimsdon is on the readers cup list for this year and the kiddo managed to get through the last half of the book in a couple of days. She just wishes she didn’t have to wait another 6 weeks or so to get into it.

I’ve been keeping up with the reading, and found that not every book written about Australia makes me want to cringe.

Another 6 books under my belt brings the count for the year so far at 35.

No tutorials this month but there should be at least 1 next month.

The weather has been beautiful and showers cleared when they should.

May will have Hubby’s birthday, Mother’s day, vision back in it’s usual place and more review books.

5 Months into the year and so far it has been great.

Bring on winter!!!

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