Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library



I Got PINKED!Cancer runs in my family. Specifically breast cancer. While discussing my own battles with Thyroid Cancer and “diseased breasts” with my aunt, I found out that 4 of my grandmother’s sisters died of breast cancer between the ages of 52 and 65. I had no idea.

Last year when I was pinked, I did it in honor of my mother~in~law who was recovering from her last round of treatments for breast cancer and for my aunt who was also battling the disease. This summer, my aunt, Sylvia, lost her fight but she left us with so much…

She left us with memories of her laugh, the kind and gentle way that she had of making everyone feel welcome and at home in her presence. Even when she was sick, she still got up to make dinner for the hubs and me when we came to visit (despite our many protests). She insisted that we eat and make ourselves at home. That was the kind of lady that Aunt Sylvia was, she made sure everyone else was comfortable no matter what the personal cost to her.

So this year, when I got pinked, I did it in memory of the 4 great aunts that I barely remember, my aunt who fought so bravely, my mother~in~law who is a two~time breast cancer survivor and every other woman and man who will ever battle this disease.


National Blog Posting Month, I’m Participating

National Blog Posting Month ~ NovemberA long long time ago in a country far away, there lived a little girl who dreamed of only one thing, well, she dreamed of a lot of things, but for the purposes of this post, she dreamed of only one thing, to be a writer. Not just any writer but a writer who made a difference, either through laughter or tears or spiritual tugging. That little girl wanted to change the world.

As she grew older, life took over and the strong words of conviction that the little girl so desperately wanted to share with the world were replaced with teenage grunts and, later, parental shouts of “No” and “Stop it!” The typewriter was pushed aside and the dream became a distant memory. The only time it was remembered was when someone from my past would exclaim upon discovering that I’m a wife and mom, “What?! You’re not living in some foreign country writing reports of political upheaval?” Nope, I’m living in suburban America, signing permission slips.

So here I sit, in my living room, wondering if there’s still time for me to make a difference, to reach people through my words… Is my voice still here? If it’s lost, can I recover it?

For the month of November that’s exactly what I plan to find out. I will be participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), a challenge for bloggers to post daily. Usually, there’s a theme assigned to the challenge but this month there is no theme, bloggers are asked to simply write for the sake of writing.

To participate all you have to do is:

  1. be a blogger
  2. go here to sign up
  3. grab the badge from here

Easy, right? You can also check out other bloggers who’re participating in NaBloPoMo by going here.

Some of the benefits of participating in NaBloPoMo:

  1. Writing daily sharpens your skills
  2. Increased visibility of your blog through syndication on BlogHer
  3. Daily prizes for bloggers who are listed on the blogroll:
  • Monday – BlogHer ’12 conference pass
  • Tuesday – Book from Penguin Publishing
  • Wednesday – $50 Visa gift card
  • Thursday – Book from Penguin Publishing
  • Friday – Melissa Ford’s Life From Scratch (a novel about blogging)
  • Saturday – Susan Getgood’s Professional Blogging for Dummies (a book about blogging)
  • Sunday – Eden Kennedy and Alice Bradley’s Let’s Panic About Babies!

Will you be participating in NaBloPoMo? If so, leave a comment below with a link to your blog so I can check out your posts.


Shoe Style Saturday

Shoe Style Saturday

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!

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