The Sex Work Slum

I need to be writing more.  I think I've started each blog post I've made in the last 4 years since I started my website (which will be 5 years old this coming fall...) with those words.  It's depressing.  I never seem to have time anymore for the little things that make me... ME.  Painting, blogging, journaling in general, choreography, dance, random creative side projects or simply living a full day without being a slave to the interwebz.......more

Educators for Reform

by Eileen Eady My fellow teachers and parents: Throughout history we have seen injustices in our country battled. We fought to get the vote for women and minorities. We, Americans, have seen change come from voices united in protest to unjust situations. Now as we go to our classrooms and schools every day we are marching into a battle zone. The time has come for the Americans in this country to unite and fight for the most important issue in the country....more

I realize that teachers are not the only ones responsible for educating our children and I ...more

On the days when being a working Mama pretty much sucks

The night before  a 3-day work trip, R1 (the 5 yr. old) overheard me telling a friend I hadn’t packed yet.  “Packed for what?!” he said, sounding like a dejected husband.  I apologized for not telling him sooner than 9pm the night before an early morning drive to the other side of the state....more

No Jerking Off On My Range

This is the 16th installment in the Bad Luck Cadet Series. It’s best to start at the beginning to enjoy my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis. It’s all about fun, laughter and pain. Well maybe pain, pain and pain! Returning to my dorm room on Sunday evening was depressing. All signs of Donna were gone. I went in search of moral support. Rocco hadn’t arrived yet. Cadet Rodriguez, known as P-Rod was looking a lot worse for wear. Philip Rodriguez is the cadet who ran my ten punishment hill runs with me and it was hard to be down when around him....more

Price for being a Career Mom...

I was touched while reading a post today, about the price of being a career mom, from a well known blog, Women on the Fence. This story is a common thread with “working” (a term I find redundant) mothers....more

Making It is Living It

As I watched the people hurrying to escape the snow and ice, I thought about how I’ve spend the majority of my life reaching for and rushing t...more

Job Hunting is like Dating... But Not Nearly as Fun

I recently lost my job due to company changes for 4th time.  Over the last 10 years, the companies I've worked for were either sold, changed management and/or relocated.  This last one wasn't sold but upper management outsourced my boss' department to an outside vendor, thus eliminating 7 permanent positions....more

Why I Fired My Father (and Maybe You Should Too)

I was 28 years old when I told my dad I never wanted to speak to him again. I wasn't trying to hurt him. I was just defending myself from someone I was absolutely certain was ruining my life. Growing up, things were pretty tense in our house. One minute my dad would entertain me by reciting poems from Longfellow and the next he’d complain my birth had ruined his marriage. He also had the weird habit of hiding under trees every time a plane flew over the house. ...more
I have family members that I see on a very limited basis. They don't add good to my life and ...more

The Pay Gap Is Your Fault!

Yes, Virginia, there is (still) a pay gap. And, gals, this is your fault! Just in time to open the new year on a note of intellectual dishonesty, here’s a hit parade of recently reiterated alleged facts about why women make less than men in most circumstances. ...more

Some years ago, I worked as a marketing director for a large nonprofit organization. The time ...more

Renee At 27

On February 29th 2011, I will turn 27 years old. Since there is no February 29th 2011, I will have to choose between celebrating my leap day birthday on February 28th or March 1st. Or maybe I will just stay 24 until 2012. ...more