David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell



I like the Gladwell’s Tipping Point, even though it’s rather redundant in that it repeats the stories after we get the main point.  I love love love the first few chapters of David and Goliath. But then his points get a little more abstract and harder to identify with. And the ending is just abrupt and awful. The chapter on dyslexics, while rather one sided, is insightful. Worth a look.

Please see my review on the Pushing Lovely website.


#DayOfLight Bringing Depression Out of the Dark

Join Pushing Lovely and me on the #DayOfLight, Wednesday, February 5th. We are taking to social media to bring depression out of the dark.


Friends, listen to me carefully. I’m rarely serious but every once in a while it’s important to be serious; and I’m serious about helping others get rid of depression.  That’s why I’m joining a bunch of lovely ladies to highlight depression and its insidious ways it has to hurt people I love and the devastating effects it has on those around it.

What is Depression?Depression is a common but serious mental illness typically marked by sad or anxious feelings. These feelings tend to linger for periods longer than 2 weeks at a time and interfere with daily activities. Depression does not discriminate based on age, race, gender or sexuality.You are not alone. Depression is often an illness of isolation. People suffer in silence, and frequently feel as if they are alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) more than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression. Join Pushing Lovely as we work together to bring depression out of the dark and declare February 5th, 2014 the #DayOfLight.What is #DayOfLight?#DayOfLight was created to shine a light on depression, and share resources for those who are struggling with the mental illness. Bloggers from all over the country are collaborating on Wednesday, February 5th to flood social media with personal stories about living with depression, and accurate information on managing and living with the mental illness.How Can You Participate?

  • Write a blog post sharing your personal experience of depression and/or share resources to help others. Add the #DayOfLight hashtag in your post title.
  • Watch the #DayOfLight Google Hangout on Wednesday, February 5th at 11 AM EST. Tweet and ask questions. (
  • Participate in the #DayOfLight twitter chat on Wednesday, February 5th at 9 PM EST (follow @PushingLovely@NotoriousSpinks, and @BrandiJeter for more information).
  • Turn your social media avatars black and white on Wednesday, February 5th so we can visually represent all of those affected by depression.
  • Share inspiring tweets, posts, and photos  on social media to encourage those who are suffering with depression to let them know that they are not alone. Use the hashtag #DayOfLight.
  • Need resources? Check out this link:


Know that you’re not alone, friends. Children can also suffer from depression which hurts PammyPam even worse.  Please get help, seek out a friend (like me!), and don’t be ashamed to tell someone you are hurting.  Join us for #DayOfLight on Wednesday.  If you can’t make it Wednesday, give a shout to me or one of my Pushing Lovely friends.

You are not alone.  Whether you want me or not; I’m here for you.

Books Reviews Young Adult

Have Book Will Travel Book Review by Clever Arelis

Hola, amigas!  That’s Spanish for Hello friends!  I’m so happy to have my beautiful amiga Clever Arelis here today to share one of her fave books.  Arelis also speaks Spanish and I hope maybe one day she’ll share one of her fave Spanish or bilingual books with us, que no?  Here’s what Arelis thought of the book, Have Book, Will Travel.


Have Book, Will Travel was a great read for young adults. It is a book written by son and father about the adventures of a young boy named Max, who is left in his Uncle’s care. One day he comes across a young girl named Darla who works in the castle but who lives outside the walls. They begin to meet in secret enjoying each other’s company and the book they read together. Have you ever gotten swept away by a book?

As the friendship of Darla and Max grows, they commit to share the adventures of the book together. What you think the book will be about is not what will happen at all! What happens next is for you to read about. I’ll give you a hint though … Have Book, Will Travel.

The only thing that was fuzzy was the time and place of where the book takes place to start. This factor does not take away from how great the book is. The book begins with a cliffhanger, it drives you in and you’ll find yourself constantly turning the page. Initially I thought the book would focus more on the difference in class as Max is rich and Darla is poor. I learned that in our youth sometimes it is evident the difference between how much money a family has, but children do not let this difference stop them from making friends. Children are not afraid to cross the line to create friendships and bonds. I think with an edited title or added tagline, this book would be picked up by many, which would make the sequel (if they choose to write it) to be that much more thrilling. Sequels are more fun to read when there is large group of people reading it and not just yourself. I recommend this book for ages 11 and up.

Will you pick up Have Book, Will Travel by Kfir Luzzatto?
arelisArelis Cintron is the current owner and main writer for My Pocketful of Thoughts. This blog records her journey towards enlightenment and shares what she has learned and is learning along the way. My Pocketful of Thoughts also provides a place for other writers to share their journeys towards enlightenment. Arelis is also working on a novel. She aims to own her own publishing company that publishes a magazine read by the entire family, except the pets! When Arelis is not writing or engaging with the Pushing Lovely Community she volunteers her time. On Friday nights she helps with her Church’s Youth Group and on Saturday morning’s you will find her teaching CCD.

Thanks Arelis!  Isn’t she adorbs? Check out her blog!



Justice for Janeane: a hit and run incident

Last Thursday, while walking her twin girls home from the grocery store, Janeane, a busy blogger, loving mommy, and active, caring friend was struck by a hit and run driver.  The incident happened on Lancaster Ave in the Philadelphia suburb of Bryn Mawr.  Here’s a link to the story.

Here’s a snap of Janeane and me at the Mainline Parent Magazine launch party.

Janeane Davis

Janeane and her twins were crossing the street when a dark colored (black?) Ford F150 pick up truck struck them and then DROVE AWAY!!!

Can you believe that?  Janeane and her twinsies Z & C, survived, but Z is was life flighted to Nemours Hospital for multiple fractures to her little body, where she remains today. Here’s the story from Fox news.

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

If that doesn’t work, click here.

We in the blogging community are outraged that someone could be so callous as to hit a mother and her children and flee the scene.  We want justice for Janeane and are spreading the word, hoping that someone SOMEWHERE will remember seeing something and will help us find the person who did this.
I’m tempted to get a vigilante group of moms together to go trolling the streets looking for this car to bring Janeane justice.  I’m so angry I can barely see straight. I know, I know, none of this will fix little Z’s fractured skull but it will hopefully prevent someone else’s children from getting hurt.

Janeane’s family want their Mommy back and little C wants her twin back home.

Please help us: were you near Lancaster Ave near 1:30pm Thursday April 25th?  Help us get the word out to find this vehicle before someone else gets hurt!