Lighten Up #4: Jenny Rapson


On this episode of Lighten Up podcast, I confront the thing I really need to lighten up about: the bad reviews of my book. For over a year I’ve been all pants-poopy about them and I recruited my friend Jenny Rapson, editor of ForEveryMom.com, to hold my hand as I read them for the first time.

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Here’s us at Allume, not to be confused with the very first time we met, which was in a bathroom. But people don’t take selfies in bathrooms. At least they shouldn’t. I’m against it.

Melanie and Jenny

We also talk about bikinis, momkinis, and the -kini spectrum, how Jenny is being a light in her community, and then the most important thing we have in common, our love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Best Non-Religious Use of a Cross, From Buffy’s “Doppelgangland” episode:

Important links:

Shoes for the Shoeless


Follow Jenny on Twitter and Instagram: @JennyItUp

The thing I love about talking with friends is the unexpected turns the conversation takes, and when smack in the middle of a Buffy conversation I randomly asked Jenny what she’s learning, she talked about a big one: racial justice. YES.

Books she’s reading:

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Books I’m reading:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


As always, if I post an Amazon link and you click and buy something, I make several whole cents. Keeps the lights on around here. Well, keeps about one-quarter of one pixel on. Thanks in advance.

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  • KimW

    Looking forward to listening to the new podcast episode… really enjoyed the episode with Jamie Ivey. I have to say, though, Melanie – I think your podcast graphic does your show an injustice… I know, I know, don’t judge a book… but you might consider changing it!





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