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When your mom is a writer!

Back-to-School night was this week. I'm not great about BTS night. It used to be too hard with three kids, six classes each so rather than pick a favorite, I usually didn't go. Problem solved. This year, I only have one child in high school, so I was without excuse. I mean, I totally got to go and I was so excited!

This year, my daughter is in Brit Lit, and you know what that means!!! PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! My daughter was named Ellena (after Elinor in "Sense and Sensibility" -- I don't like the way Americans say, "Eleanor" so I spelled it differently.) Her middle name is Anne, from "Persuasion." So I'm a tad bit excited when my kids read Austen. This is my first GIRl to read Austen, so I feel like it's going to be such a bonding experience. I know this is an expectation that will only bring heartache, but I'm not willing to give up yet. I want her to love it as much as I do. The way her brothers love "Star Wars."

So why is this relevant to Back-to-School night? Well, one of the teachers wanted us to write a note to our students. My daughter came home steaming mad yesterday, "Mom, ALL of the other kids had really nice, loving notes from their moms. Stuff like, "Have a good year." Or "I'm so excited for you and want to say how much I love you."

"And what do I get, Mom?' Elle asks. "I get the first line of "Pride and Prejudice!"

"I know, wasn't that so great?"

"You are SOOO embarrassing."

Well, she has me there. Look, my son got me a Manga copy of P&P. How cool is this? Maybe she'll read it with cartoons. My boys said they didn't even need to read it, they got it by osmosis from me watching it so much. LOL "Austenland" is real at my house.


Incidentally, I always have a candle lit on my desk and I use the Saint candles because they LAST FOREVER and they're like .88 at Wal-Mart. But I realized that people find this habit weird, like I'm doing some kind of ritual. Unless being cheap is a ritual, no, I'm not. Anyhoo, look what I found at a bookstore. It's a candle for Saint Jane of Austen!


Stop with the #ITMovie Commercials!

Oh my goodness, this commercial is terrifying. I literally only remember ONE other commercial that bothered me as much as this one. In high school, I was watching "Saturday Night Live" (back when it was funny) in my bedroom and the commercial for Chucky the Doll came on. Holy! For all things that spawn from Satan, that doll terrified me. Now, we have this wicked clown and why is it coming on during a Bravo show? I mean, really, is the Bravo audience going to see this movie? Maybe others are braver than me. Maybe I saw it on the "Scientology: The Aftermath" show. How great is that show?

I've always had a girl crush on Leah Remini, but she just continues to bring it home with the devastation that cult caused people. This week's struck me especially hard because the young man killed himself at 19 -- a few days before MY NOW-19 year old was born. He jumped out of a building. He was brilliant and had depression -- remember Scientology doesn't believe in Psychology.


I love this show because it shows how devastating emotional abuse and gaslighting can be. Bravo to her for listening to her heart and doing what's right despite the abuse she continues to take publicly.

Sunday Declared a National Day of Prayer!

Seriously, we need some prayer in this country. I'm so happy to hear it because the black and white thinking is killing us. FYI, my high school daughter got bullied and they called her a "white supremacist" and a KKK member. Seriously? Have you seen her friends? But that's the thing. The truth doesn't matter anymore. If you don't believe like you're supposed to, then you're a Nazi.

Um, isn't that what the Nazis did? Said you have to believe like this or else?

So our country needs prayer. We need to know why people feel the way they do, not just call them names. Tell me your beliefs -- tell me how you got there. But CONVERSE. Act like adults. Grow the heck up! You can't just throw a tantrum every time you don't get your way. At least, that's the way I was raised. As you might imagine, I could throw a tantrum DOWN, but I was never given my way for that behavior.

Anyway, I believe in the power of prayer, and I believe this country needs to come together or we will have another Civil War. We are a melting pot, and if families argue, people from different cultures and backgrounds will certainly argue. But like a good family, we need to hear each other and seek peace. So prayer. Sunday. Be there.