Special Needs Community Outrage: Where are the Marissa's Bunny iPads?

I spent yesterday morning at a local university, participating in an autism study. Part of the study was an interview about my experience as an autism parent -- including whether there were any benefits to my son Leo's autism diagnosis. "Absolutely," was my immediate reply, "We have become part of an amazing community -- full of people who support, understand, and trust each other unreservedly." But what happens when someone in our special needs parenting community abuses that trust? That's what many of us are worried about, after the Marissa's Bunny Foundation solicited donations from parents of kids with special needs for the chance to win iPads -- and those iPads never materialized....more
@Chrisphil129 I have publicly withdrawn my support for A4CWSN due to Gary's extremely ...more

Social Media Matters

This evening I was planning to go running with the Dashing Whippets, and do a fun (well, I guess that's a relative term) training workout involving intervals and lactate threshold and all that good stuff.  I got my running clothes on, filled my water bottle, and headed out to the bus stop...and the bus didn't come....more

Painting The Town

I'd only been to Portsmouth, NH, once before this holiday. So I wasn't sure if the amazing artwork painted on building around the town was a permanent feature or a special exhibition. A quick Google search on my return revealed that they were part of the Street a.k.a. Museum exhibit, curated by the Portsmouth Museum of Art....more

What I Learned From My First Awful Novel

I wrote my first novel in college. It was terrible. No, really: it was. When you write your first book, you feel like you have to put your entire life and all you know into it, and that’s pretty much what I did. It was epic, and resembled a doorstop more than a piece of literature. I can remember when I printed it out on my dot matrix printer (these were olden times) I had to stop every forty pages or so to let it cool down, as it was literally smoking. That should have been my first sign, right there....more

I'm so glad a successful author admitted to doing what I feel like I must do every time I sit ...more

Find You Butterfly Effect: Manna Project International

Introducing Manna Project International:...more

373 Friends: The Book I'd Like To Write

At the last count, I had 373 Facebook friends.There is more than sixty years difference between my youngest and oldest friends. A dozen of them are related to me. There are seven Sarahs, and three Tims, but only one Wendy....more

(Interview) William Deresiewicz on Jane Austen, Community and Love

William Deresiewicz, the author of A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter answered some of our pressing questions on life, love and how he made some tough decisions on writing about people in his life in his memoir. Read what he thinks about the role of community in our lives and whether or not he really would have found love without Jane Austen's help. ...more

It was different in Jane's day for sure and I guess maybe it was a bit more intense. It ...more

Celebrating Community Service With a Facebook Game to Make This A Better World

As a busy mommy blogger and mom of triplets plus one more all born within a year, I don’t have much time for playing games online. I do try my best, though, to keep up with everything that’s new on the social networks and share my discoveries with readers whenever I find something I think is particularly note-worthy. I just came across such a find: a brand new Facebook game that just launched that already has 24,000+ Likes on Facebook and more than 83,000 active users....more

Enlightening Cruise

I took a seven-day cruise and visited many different places. It was interesting to sit back and watch different people on the ship and on the islands. I was with my husband and children, but was surprised to find that two black men continued to hit on me whenever they saw me alone....more

It's Our Right! Or Is It?

Is it our right as African American women to voice a verbal or written opinion when we see brothers liking or loving only white women? This blog will usually focus on the trials and tribulations of growing up dark skinned, but I recently read another article about our boy Tiger Woods and I thought I would put the question out there....more