Girl. Woman. Girl. Girl. Girl. Girl.

She was 14, maybe. Her mom or caregiver yanked her by the arm, and hissed, "What is wrong with you?"  ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for ...more

Too Much Stuff: An All-American Problem

Editor's Note: This NaBloPoMo post was originally published on November 9, 2015. ...more

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable or Drive the Guests Away With These 9 Tips

And there are the social dynamics to consider: Who should sit by whom? Little Janie is in 6th grade now and has the start of teen angst, is she going to be offended by having to sit at the kids' table? Will all of my relatives get along, or will ...more

When Your Dog Awkwardly Kills Your Other Pet

No better way to ruin a tea party than to have your pet casually murder your other pet. ...more

How My Son Got Me to Work Out at the Crack of Dawn

Editor's note: Working out on a regular (or even semi-reg) basis is kind of like taking part in NaBloPoMo. You have to show up and do the work every day, no excuses. This post was originally published on November 17. --Nicole ...more

12 of My Favorite Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Editor's Note: Watching kids getting deep into books is always a treat. And seeing them get excited to learn or laugh -- or both! -- about holidays like Thanksgiving is pretty high up there, too. This NaBloPoMo piece offers up some great choices for children's books about Thanksgiving. It was originally published on November 15. --Nicole ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for five minutes and letting the words flow; no editing, no second-guessing. And it's an honest, thoughtful piece. This post was originally published on November 15. --Nicole ...more
I really enjoyed reading this and will try the 5 minute activity! I totally agree, the social ...more

Oh, We're Going To Talk About Me Again, Are We? Goody.

Golden years: noun, plural; the years of retirement, normally after age 65. ...more

SEO and so what?

In my work as a technical editor working on marketing campaigns for new inventions, SEO is considered an important part of the job. I'm beginning to see how important it is to blogging, too.I admit it: Before I worked in marketing, I had no idea what SEO was or why it was so significant. Search Engine Optimization -- the buzz word and goal in my business. To the victor -- the one who rises to the top of the search engine results -- go the spoils....more
Thank you for all the information. New to blogging, I had no idea about SEOs. Yes, I want to ...more

A Book is an Investment..!

NaBloPoMo nov.27 promptThere are hundreds of books I own and I’m grateful for each one of them; whether it’s a novel or a subject related book, those books contain something precious..I love the company of the books which I treasure. A book is a way another person see at a particular matter.. There are 3 books I really love to talk about.! ...more

After Dinner Conversations, NaBloPoMo Day 27

"After Dinner Conversations"...more

How to Distract Your Father From Your Tattoo

I am not proud of this, but I did it.Yesterday, we were at breakfast - mom, daddy, voldemort, and I - as I laugh at a picture texted from my BFF, a picture of her father standing with a woman who is wearing nothing on her breasts except for paint on her nipples (they're in New Orleans, if that helps with context any), and my father, who I usually remember to wear my fitbit when I'm around, reached out and snags me by the wrist .My right wrist.Which has tattooed onto it in cursive, "all these stars.""What is this?" He says....more
This is hilarious! Did it really deflect the inquisition?more

A grateful heart: Nosy neighbors and night time walks

I made Mr. T pull over at the entrance to our neighborhood, hopping out into the balmy 37 degree night. Iwaddled walked toward the house as he tailed behind like a secret service detail, illuminating my puffy down jacket silhouette.We continued down the street for a minute until someone pulled up next to T. I heard loud male voices, and then the car circled around and T sped off toward home....more

NaBloPoMo (11/2015) - Day 27: Fear the Frog!

Now, I don't usually watch football. It's been years...years...since I've watched a professional game. I'm more likely to keep up with college ball.I attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. I earned two degrees while I was there. I loved, loved, loved my college years. I lived in the dorms until I graduated with my B.S. If there had been dorms for graduate students, I would have lived there while I was working on my M.S. ...more

Anger: Poison or Cure?

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.—Mark Twain...more
In terms of my anger against a self-centered, uncaring father is a poison. Because he won't ...more

Did You Do Black Friday?

NaBloPoMo Post #27 ...more

And Yet

How did they do it? How did they stand it? I know they didn't stand for it, largely, but at home, in the quiet, how did they cope? I imagine they must have cried like I do, at the injustices they see. I imagine they were afraid. I'm afraid. I feel ridiculous because of course things haven't come to the debilitating, inhumane ways of segregation.And yet.I'm afraid to go to the movies, to be downtown near the White House, be in large public spaces. I'm afraid to tell my children that this is why we haven't gone certain places. Because I am afraid to be there....more