Add All of Your Blog Posts to October's Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more

Sign Up for October's NaBloPoMo

The theme for October is DISH! ...more

It's Time to Dish With October's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

Add All of Your Blog Posts to September's Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more

Sign Up for September's NaBloPoMo

The theme for September is LESSONS! ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your October 2015 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
Behind every successful person lies a ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2015 Blogroll

The theme for October is DISH! ...more
You, my dear, are an absolute genius and I am in awe. And since I just blogged about you and ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2015 Prompts

The theme for October's NaBloPoMo is DISH. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in October -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more

The Life-Changing Magic of a Tidy Closet

After I started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I couldn't wait to get started on my own "tidying marathon". I still haven't finished tidying the whole house and I started this process over a month ago. But I KNOW it is possible and am so excited about finally getting "tidy".I'm not sure how long Marie Kondo's tidying marathons last, but if she were in the US or I were in Japan, I would love to enlist her services to keep me focused on tidying for however long it takes. As it is, I am doing this myself, motivated by the version of Marie Kondo in my head who paints a picture of me surrounded by only things that bring me joy, sipping tea in my perfectly tidy home and making time to do yoga and take a bath before bed at night.Following the KonMari sequence, I started with clothes, then moved on to books, then papers, and am currently on "komono" (pretty much everything else - which is a lot!). Today I share my dramatic closet transformation....more

What Is Survival Journalism?

"Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good" (Stephen Fry) Survival Journalism is a blog created in part with the support of the media blog incendiaryAmerican. ...more

International Babywearing Week 2015: NaBloPoMo Day 4

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I'm veering off topic from the NaBloPoMo prompts. If you're participating in Blogtober or NaBloPoMo or would to you can find daily prompts here. Today's prompt is: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Who did most of the cooking in your house when you were growing up? ...more

Culinary Class 2015 vs Home Ec. 1975

In 8th grade I took Home Economics at East Junior High School in Tiffin, Ohio. The first semester was cooking and the second semester was sewing. This was not an "elective". It was required.I have a daughter in the 8th grade. She chose "Culinary" as her elective. In 7th grade she wanted to take Culinary but she had to wait until 8th to actually take it. Her 7th grade elective was Drama. Absolutely a prep for Culinary. She is a dramatic cook. ...more

You Can Call It "Apples" But It's Still Hate

There is a social event I attend somewhat regularly. A Muslim man also attends and always searches me out for conversations. I have a hard time shaking him off – though I desperately try. He has only two topics of interest: Shia and Islamophobia....more

He Was Beheaded! Such Things Happen In The Best Families. In Fact, Usually In The Best Families.

Rusty and I have known each other since school days....more

#1 Family Faovourite Dish

 #1 Family DishOctober BlogHer's theme for the NaBloPoMo participation is DISH.  The first topic of the month is to Tell you about our most beloved family dish....more

Working For A Living

I often speak on relationships. Sometimes I specifically talk about marriage relationships. A lot of people who know me ask me about marriage relationships because my husband and I have been happily married for over 16 years – despite not having kids within two cultures (mine - Southern & his - Middle Eastern) that place a high emphasis on having kids. [A common joke is that the day after the honeymoon, people start asking the girl if she is pregnant yet.]...more

Should students leave school early?

That's what Sir Richard Branson has suggested at the Disruptors event in central London. The conference features debates on the future of education with panellists including Professor Brian Cox and Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for All.You may think that's crazy and will limit the young person's prospects, but Sir Richard Branson speaks from experience. He dropped out of school and published the youth culture magazine Student at 17....more

Let's Start Putting Right Wing Extremists Into Rehabilitation Camps

 Don't you hate it when the main story is the main story  for much longer than it needs to be?...more