Motherhood (or, a few things that I'm ashamed to admit)

Sometimes I wonder if I was meant to have kids.Don’t get me wrong, I love Theo. I really, really love him. He is the greatest. I mostly can’t imagine what my life would be like without him. So let’s be really clear on all that stuff right now.But sometimes I just wonder if I’m really cut out to be a mother. Like, I think I might just have the wrong personality for it?...more

How To Help Your Child With a School Project Without Going Nutso

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My daughter is in the 4th grade and she's a good student. However, this fall she's been assigned not one, not two, but THREE class projects to work on at home at the same time. I'm talking about things like Science Fair boards where I have to buy materials, help her out and yell at her to do it. The teachers don't seem to realize how stressful this is and one even wrote "Have fun doing this as a whole family!" on the assignment. Seriously? How can I get through this without going crazy?...more
I know!!! The last coat hanger mobile I tried to help engineer pretty much kicked my ass. Hang ...more

My Best Advice: Go Ask Your Mother! Yalanda Lattimore, DryerBuzz

Clipped from Hair She Goes! Women Spend Millions To Learn Who They Woulda Coulda Shoulda Been — Go Ask Your Mother!...more

The Priceless Campaign Launch

I have a dream and vision to uplift teenage girls by gaining the support of teenagers (boys & girls), parents, aunts, uncles, teachers, social workers, mentors, and anyone willing to help. My vision is to spread the truth about teenage girls. As a women I remember the labels put on teenage girls and me fearing and living up to the labels and stigmas once I hit my teenage years....more

Next Of Kin.

My mom is on food stamps. There, I finally said it. ...more
@Blackbeards Wyfe Wow, thank you for this. Honestly it made me cry a little bit. Thank you for ...more

My Confession

I have a confession, it's something that I haven't said aloud, but have thought for a long time.If you know me, or read my blog, you won't be surprised at what I am about to say:While I appreciate nature, and feel at home outside,my true passion, is watching people....more

The Keepsakes Find a New Home

My mother has been going through photos and other items lately. From my estimation she is both cleaning up and giving away keepsakes for three reasons:1. She has a lot of things saved. She has always been a “just in case” or “you never know when you might need that” person. Sometimes she gets the need to purge a few things and when that happens she checks with each child first to see if they need anything. We don’t but it doesn’t hurt to ask....more

Social Security: Neutral in Name, Sexist by Design

Soon after we had our daughter, I read that elderly women receive far lower Social Security benefits than men due largely to motherhood. Having just become one, I visited the Social Security Administration website. ...more

A Grasshopper, a Friend & the Mom Who Wanted Everyone to Shut Up!

Oh, shut up. That nasty little phrase can be on the tip of my tongue all day. Like a Tic Tac, a nasty milk-sour one, that just won't dissolve. I long to blurt it at everybody. Even the dumb squirrel pausing in the middle of the road, paws in air as if to make some terribly poignant point, so I must swerve to avoid smearing its bushy grey existence across the pavement. The too-eager restaurant water kids who can interrupt my own poignant point to ask if they can top off my water glass: Oh, shut up. ...more
Wonderful narrative on a situation that we have all experienced as moms... anyone who swears ...more

Spinning Straw, Weaving Gold

I’m not sure exactly how I arrived at the title for my new book, a sequel to my mother-daughter dialogues in Becoming Flame (2010). But reading this quote by Robert Johnson itself would have been enough:“Whether called faith, destiny, or the hand of God, slender threads are at work bringing coherence and continuity to our lives. Over time they weave a remarkable tapestry.”And so I have subtitled Spinning Straw, Weaving Gold: A Tapestry of Mother-Daughter Wisdom....more
This is breathtaking .... and what a wonderful blog for me to read as I prepare to send my ...more