What Will it Take??

As seen the week of 9/14/11 on TheNextFamily.com:This past Sunday was the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001.  Facebook blew up the closer that it got with messages of remembrance and “never forget” admonishments.  At one point it seemed a bit redundant to see the words “Never Forget” over and over – how in the world could anyone in this generation EVER forget the horrible events that happened that day?  I would be scarce to find any, I imagine.  But I digress....more

Sympathy Pregnancy Brain??

As seen during a past week on TheNextFamily.com (9/7/2011):I’m one of those people who is always thinking about…something.  And mind you, my thinking is often very scattered and random, given that I have the ADHD pretty bad and have been without medication for it for a while now.  I remember having this when I was pregnant before, this “pregnancy brain”, but am I now having some kind of weird sympathy pregnancy brain??...more

Sugar and Spice....Not Always So Nice!

As seen on 8/31/11 on TheNextFamily.com:So life as we know it is changing all the time, and it has been no different with a pregnancy and the knowledge of a daughter on the way.  It’s happening way faster than I anticipated!  Doctors’ appointments have been good, and ultrasounds have been plentiful – which is awesome!...more

New NBC Show Pushes Buttons by Putting "Lesbo" in the Title

It's been a long time since I've been called a "lesbo." Perhaps the last time heard it, it was from my 7th-grade friend Andrew when I admired his Farrah Fawcett locker poster a little too hard? It's certainly not a contemporary word, and it's usually not a compliment -- though it's hard to take seriously as a pejorative. So not being used to hearing "lesbo" in day-to-day discourse, I raised my eyebrows and made a characteristically queer smirk at this week's news that NBC is developing a sitcom pilot called My Best Friend is a Lesbo....more
Hmmm....... If I am in a group of other Lesbians or Gays, the tag of "lesbo" goes without ...more

LGBT at Work - A Look at News and Stats

It's been a long time since I've written about LGBT issues in the workplace. I used to do so at least weekly but over the 4+ years I've owned my own business, I haven't had my finger on the pulse nearly as much. That is why this recent roundup of gays, lesbians, and trangendered folks in the workplace was of interest. This recent Chicago Tribune article provides a great roundup of LGBT Work Stats. Here's a few that really caught my eye: ...more

It's A ... ???

Those first months went by quickly and smoothly, and we anxiously awaited the appointment at which we could find out the baby’s gender.  Erikka had wanted a baby girl since SHE was a little girl, and since we have my two boys, I was really excited at the 50/50 chance of having a girl myself!  I kept telling Erikka that there was nothing wrong with having a boy, if that is what we get, and we both agreed that we will enjoy whatever little darling we are blessed to have....more
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Beginning the Process - Insemination, Here We Come!

This week on TheNextFamily.com (8/3/2011):Over the next few days, we watched things that we normally wouldn’t pay attention to, like physical signs and symptoms in Erikka.  I was fascinated with the whole process.  We had to go in for ultrasounds so that the doctor could watch her follicles (aka eggs) as they grew and prepared to release in ovulation.  It was amazing to watch them get bigger until the point when they were ready to drop. ...more

San Diego Native Avail For Consultation!

Welcome Blogher11 attendees!I live in beautiful San Diego and am available if you are seeking advice on where to visit or what is interesting to see while you are here.    One thing I recommend is you grab a copy of the Reader, which comes out on Wed nights and features most of the events in San Diego including those going on at Balboa Park.   Hit me up if you have a question!  Slukas62@gmail.com  ...more

The impact of homophobia in the professional sports world on young girls and boys (contains adult language)

Within the past 6 weeks, there have been at least 4 incidents of homophobic conduct by professional athletes.  And that's just the incidents which hit the media.  I was given the opportunity by our local paper, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, to respond to gay slurs used by Steelers' linebacker James Harrison in an interview for a national magazine, Men's Journal.  ...more

When the Worst Happens

This week's blog is up on TheNextFamily.com - a little different than previous entries.  I was reminiscing on a rough patch we went through as a family last July.  I find that in every situation, SOMETHING can be learned.  Check it out, and as always, feel free to leave some love.http://thenextfamily.com/2011/07/learning-to-accept-and-forgive-through-... Be the change that you want to be in the world. ~ Gandhi...more