The battle I choose not to fight

I've spent the better part of my life feeling inadequate.My efforts always fell short of expectations, my potential was always three steps ahead. And that's not all....more

Why I'm Worried About Honey Boo Boo

dirtyandthirty.comThe other day I found myself worrying about Honey Boo Boo. Yes, there I was wondering wh...more

The Single Story: The Eastern Woman through the Western Lens

“So that is how to create a single story, show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again and that is what they become.” Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieI was watching Ted talks on Netflix to see what all the hullaballoo was.  I listened to rich, successful people talk about what they thought is going to inspire the rest of us to miraculously achieve something similar and solve the world’s problems. I dozed into (an uninspired) sleep, but that is another discussion altogether....more

The Start of Something New

Hi Everybody,My name is Jessica, I am a Master's student in Kinesiology, and so naturally, I want to get people as fit as possible as fast as possible. I want people to train as hard as possible as long as possible, put their real lives on hold to exercise and eat low carb, low fat, and have 3 small but high protein meals a day.......or not....more

22 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From a TV Reporter

People think when you’re on TV you have hair and makeup standing by, and someone is there telling you what to say, and you’re just a face on TV – someone else did all the work. Not true. At least in my case. ...more
ohthesimplejoys Haha - it's quite an experience!more

The full story of media abstinence for children

Before our son was born, my husband and I talked about what kind of environment we wanted for him. And one of the areas we agreed on was that we wouldn't expose him to a lot of media. The decision came from information from several sources citing that media use was not good for infants.  Since that time, more research has been done, and a more complete story has emerged....more

Throwback Thursday – The TV Tells Us What to Weigh

I thought it would be fun to share some of my articles and writing from my college days. During undergrad, I was a Communications major with a focus in Journalism and Writing. Needless to say, I have an arsenal of articles and various pieces that I had to write for classes. I also wrote plenty for our college newspaper, The Voice, where I was an editor....more

Don't Let Fear Rule You

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Traveling companions are better than apps

We recently took a 10-hour drive to New Jersey for a family reunion. (Not in one day. That's craziness.) This trip went significantly better than the last really long car trip we took because of several things:...more
Fun in Fairfax VA I love the idea of goody bags and travel bingo. He's still little, but he ...more

Sex, Media & Feminism - My Open Letter to Beyonce

Dear Bey, I jumped off your bandwagon. Before any of your bees come a stingin' in reply to my post, hear me out. I was sorta cool with the whole, "I transform into another person, and this other being comes out of me and I named her Sasha Fierce". I defended you against all the "Illuminati" drama that surrounded you after watching your documentary and seeing how many times you attributed your success to God. Now though, it's just not worth it to me. ...more