"Not bad for a girl."
It made me cringe from the top of my head down the tips of my blue-painted toenails. Words spoken by a father to his little girl about her belt promotion in karate. It wasn't meant to be mean. He was just kidding. It was their little inside joke. He couldn't be prouder, actually.
But he still said the words.
And she still heard them.
The fight to address violence against women is having a pop culture moment, literally trending last night during the Grammys and last week when the NFL aired an ad for the NO MORE Campaign during the Super Bowl.
In another life, I'd love to be a expert snowboarder, but in this life I'll have to settle for living vicariously through Chloe Kim. Over the weekend, 14-year-old Chloe Kim became—not only the youngest woman or the first Asian American—but the YOUNGEST PERSON EVER to win at the X Games, the biggest annual event in boardsports.
A few years back I donned a tacky prom dress and heels, gathered my friends (also dressed in frills) and headed to a fundraiser for a local youth mentoring program. We arrived at the party and were greeted by a young woman wearing a giant feather boa and a vibrant smile. I don’t remember the details of that particular party, but the feeling and vibrancy of the boa-wearing gal has stuck with me over the years....more
I wasn't too sure about running this mid-April race, first of all.I've been busy. Busy, busy, busy. So busy in fact that I didn't have time to sit down and write something funny and clever and completely narcissistic just to please you.... and we both know it would please you. No matter how much you want me to write something about running that is mildly amusing so that you can escape from your mundane life for a few minutes, I'm telling you I absolutely do not have the time. No time do I have. None....more
Photo Credit: Black Sports OnlineI swear there was a time when everyone was nicer, but it may be just my imagination. I think it is just that now if you are not nice, there's a chance that everyone will find out. I blame the internet for the lack of civility both online and offline....more
That’s right, music festival season is upon us and next up is COACHELLA-ELLA – ELLA (sorry Rihanna takes over at times)! Anyway, before maxing our credit cards at the mall and liquor stores, let’s not forget a very important layer – OUR SKIN! As if liquor isn’t enough to dehydrate you, imagine being in the desert with hundreds of partygoers. Dehydration is a HUGE problem at Coachella!...more
Amidst the stress I feel over selling and buying houses, one thing distracts me best beyond reading and writing at this time. Watching lacrosse either when my son’s team plays or when we watch the college teams duke it out (couldn’t resist the reference to one of the perennially top college teams) on the field. It’s become something I look forward to when the birds start chirping, and the buds start blooming in the early days of spring....more
The athletic recruiting process can be brutal. Often the student athletes will bear the stress of time management, academics, athletics, training, rejection and excitement silently. In this period of their high school career, the mom’s intuitive powers, love and attention will be crucial to their self-esteem....more
There’s a feeling to Crested Butte, CO. Whether the streets are lined with townies, snow banks or blue light poles, there’s an electricity that’s palatable as soon as you turn down Elk Street. People are stoked on life no matter the season. They’re happy to be here, and many struggle just for the chance to live the dream in this funky little valley. And I’ll tell you, the struggle is real....more
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