Talking With Women About Their Obsession with 'Serial'

CUE MUSIC: Bad Dream (the theme) by Nick Diamonds ME: For the last two weeks, I've spent every working day trying to understand why Serial is so popular. Or technically, why are my female friends obsessed with this podcast? ...more

Beyoncé! Why I Need Her New ' 7/11' Video To Break the Internet

It's been a rough week.   Kim Kardashian's oily backside and everyone's reenactments of her Paper Mag photos are still trying to break the internet.  We're still waiting for a grand jury indictment announcement in Ferguson, where Gov. Jay Nixon has already issued a state of emergency and police are mobilizing.  ...more
I loved it. Looked like they were having so much fun.more

Hello Optimistic, Energetic Sagittarius!

That lucky old Sun bounces into Sagittarius on Saturday November 22, 2014. Ruled by “more is always best” planet Jupiter, this time of year is about livin’ large, taking chances, everything is great, the million dollar deal is done, “BIG”- ideas, actions, themes. All of this can can be full of adventure and great fun, but aim for “controlled” excess if things seem to be going over the top. Adding to festivities are transiting planets Mercury and Venus: Image Shutterstock ...more

Finding Love "Beyond The Lights": A Conversation with Writer-Director Gina Prince-Bythewood

Love is a comfort. Knowing someone loves you gives you courage and confidence in yourself. I want to share what I have with others so they know that it is possible. – Gina Prince-Bythewood...more

THINGS YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT WHEN LISTENING TO SERIAL

There’s a new hot podcast out there right now that’s topping This American Life (for all of you podcast nerds) and it’s Serial, a journalistic investigation of the 15-year-old murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee and her boyfriend who was convicted, Adnan Syed, currently serving a life sentence in prison. Serial swept through the office like the audio version of the black plague, but instead of dying a horrible death, people were hooked on the real-life mystery: Is Adnan ...more

Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

I'm not happy about this post. I love mocking ridiculous things, but I feel most comfortable poking fun at stuff I like. Things like my college football team, my kids' quirks, my brother's ability to get free stuff from anyone he meets, and how my mom identifies herself by name when she leaves me a message. "Oh, hi Amy. This is your mom. Susan." My favorite target is myself. But today I turn my disdain outward, to a society that complains about consumerism and too many commitments, but spends $30 dollars for the privilege of managing the "magic" of a cheaply made stuffed elf during the busiest month of the year....more
EricElf  My grandkids love to find him and they get so happy. The Christmas spirit is all over ...more

Black Friday Shopping? Don't Leave Home Without (Reading) This

So, it's Black Friday week.It used to be a day -- Black Friday, so-named because American shoppers spent so much money Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving that companies literally went from being in the red for the year to being in the black in a single day. But now it's an entire week. Oh, heck, you know the story. Some stores get the jump on things, and offer Black Friday sales a week or so early. So I guess that makes it Black Friday Fortnight....more

Talking With Women About Their Obsession with 'Serial'

CUE MUSIC: Bad Dream (the theme) by Nick Diamonds ME: For the last two weeks, I've spent every working day trying to understand why Serial is so popular. Or technically, why are my female friends obsessed with this podcast? ...more

Women + Education: Jayn Doe/North America/2014

Jayn Doe/North America/2014 53 per cent of women, and 48 per cent of men, self-identify as feminists, according to an Ipsos poll which was conducted in 15 developed countries. This group of self-identified feminists includes Jayn. Through Jayn’s recent observations as a feminist and a in her occupation as a teacher, she has become troubled. Jayn speaks with foreboding, in particular, for young women....more

Beyoncé! Why I Need Her New ' 7/11' Video To Break the Internet

It's been a rough week.   Kim Kardashian's oily backside and everyone's reenactments of her Paper Mag photos are still trying to break the internet.  We're still waiting for a grand jury indictment announcement in Ferguson, where Gov. Jay Nixon has already issued a state of emergency and police are mobilizing.  ...more
I loved it. Looked like they were having so much fun.more

Hello Optimistic, Energetic Sagittarius!

That lucky old Sun bounces into Sagittarius on Saturday November 22, 2014. Ruled by “more is always best” planet Jupiter, this time of year is about livin’ large, taking chances, everything is great, the million dollar deal is done, “BIG”- ideas, actions, themes. All of this can can be full of adventure and great fun, but aim for “controlled” excess if things seem to be going over the top. Adding to festivities are transiting planets Mercury and Venus: Image Shutterstock ...more

That Time I Started Playing Dungeons & Dragons for a Blog Post...

I recently went on a deep undercover writing assignment. My goal was to infiltrate a local Dungeons & Dragons group and make them believe I could be one of them, just for one night, so that I could write about the shenanigans that are role playing games. I wanted to try something new, and my boyfriend kept going on and on about Pathfinder (which is an off shoot of Dungeons & Dragons, basically) so I figured hey, I could go for 4 hours and give it a shot, blog about it, and then move on. That was six months ago. The reason I didn’t write the blog post was because I’m still playing it and you know what? It’s really cool. ...more
forestcats  THAT IS SO COOL! If I ever visit LA (which I really want to do) then I will ...more