The Perfect Family- it's all smoke and mirrors..

As originally written and posted on Band Back together May 17, 2011This weekend will kick-off further pictorial evidence of just how perfect my family is....more

Remember this, please


Why I stopped Watching the News

Bad News I used to watch the news on TV. Then, I moved on to reading the news online. And then I stopped altogether. I listen to Minnesota Public Radio for local breaking news. I check for weather updates. I see bits and pieces and links to news in tweets. And I read The Week magazine back to front for news from around the world. ...more

I rarely get a chance to watch the news and then when I do, I'm immediately reminded of why I ...more

Gastronomical Adventures: Favorite Eats Part 1

Definition of a Foodie...more

The ripple effect

So it is finally time. My soon to be ex son in law has had papers served to my Daughter and the mediation and court dates looms in not to distant future. It has been a truly rough 9 months since they separated. Months filled with pain and heartache for a number of people. I often wonder if people realize the effects that a separation, and later a divorce have on a family. Outside of the core family. The ripples that splash through layers and layers, each one pushing further and further out causing new ripples on their own. We had a relationship with the SIL, or so I thought....more

Guest Post: Your Financial Big Picture: Why Estate Planning is an Investment in Your Family's Future

Background Information I recently noticed this post shared by Danielle G. Van Ess on her Facebook page....more

Anti-bullying Becomes Big Business

Lisa LaGrou

Motherly Advice

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people....more

The Hardest Thing I hope I ever write- part 1 of 3

Originally posted May 18, 2010  on  A break in my self depricating humor and blaming the worlds woes on celebrities and gravity. If you want something to make you smile you want to check out the categories this wont be it....more

Looking for alternative families (lesbian moms)

Hi, I am the marketing director for the website (facedbook as well). We are looking for writers for our site. Especially interested in lesbian Moms. If interested please email me at madge@thenextfamily.comWe are an alternative family site with great stories and lots of discussions that would interest any family....more
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