Remarrying and Blending Families After Divorce

The early days of the "blended family" projectSunday morning Benjamin came padding into my room -- make that "our" room -- around 7. "Mom," he said. "I was looking out my window and I saw a ... wait, what are those birds that are all red?"My brain ...more

The One Nosy Question That Can Send a First-Time Mother Reeling

When are you going to have another baby? I get this question quite often lately from everyone from co-workers to family members and even the check-out lady at Target. It's just small talk, and I understand that completely. It's one of those ...more

What Do I Tell My Daughter About Sandra Bland?

To my Little Magician: We’ll read this together when you’re old enough to understand. Motherhood has been an incredible adventure, but I have always been haunted by the guilt of bringing you into this world -- a world that has not been very kind ...more

Summertime, and the Kitchen Is Easy (Or It Will Be With These Dinner Tips)

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I'm too lazy to cook dinner for my family this summer, plus it's too hot. Any ideas? Signed, Kitchen Is Closed  ...more

After Devastation and Loss, My Rainbow Baby Is Here

Dear Ruby, If you would have told me a year ago that I would go a day without crying, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you would have told me a year ago that I would laugh without guilt, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you would have told ...more

It's Official: I'm Vocally Fried

Recently I read Ann Friedman’s salty piece in New York Magazine on "vocal fry," a way of talking in which you draw out the end of sentences or words with a low, raspy, creaky sound that comes from the back of throat. Like "upspeak" and "valley girl speak," vocal fry is a speech pattern or vocal tic -- apparently unique to women -- that seems to make the person using it (i.e., the young woman) sound immature, dumb, small, and not confident. ...more

Is Blood Thicker Than Water?

"It's true love," my ex-husband said about his new girlfriend. Of course, he had spoken the same words to me. And for decades, I arranged my entire existence and created our family around that pronouncement. I also trusted my brother-in-law when he pledged a similar allegiance to me. When I first met my husband, I was surprised that he and his younger brother Jonah were more like casual acquaintances. Their parents had died years earlier and I had supposed that they would be tight, but that wasn't the case. ...more

The Baby Milestones That Matter Most

The day those two pink lines appeared, I felt the world stop moving. It was a wave of joy, fear, and squealing family phone calls. My brain was buzzing, and a giddy smile lingered across my mouth. I could hardly wait until my husband got home. He eventually walked through the door, exhausted after a 14-hour shift. The news exploded out of me. ...more

{Afternoon Thoughts}

Sometimes walking back from the store looks like this.Happy Saturday, y'all! ...more

Georgia Runs a 5K

and she swears she will never do it again. It was the same 5K beach run that Josie did with Gordy last year. ...more

Another Great Conversation Question

Today I read Robin Dreeke's (the former director of the FBI's Behavior Analysis Program and expert in interpersonal relations) advice on engaging others in conversation....more

Crawl-A-Thon Doping Controversy

I'm trying to expand my writing - today MockMom has hosted my first satire piece - pop over and have a look! image credit: ...more

A Father's Wisdom

I walked into the room I had built for my mom years before. The Saltillo tiles beneath my feet were cool and smooth. I pulled back the teal and cream-colored quilt, the Egyptian cotton sheets, and slipped beneath them ....more

Summer Is Coming To An End

It seems like summer just started and it is about to end. Next week Delylah will be starting Kindergarten! Levi has a couple more weeks before he begins but it too has to end...I feel like we didn't see very many of our friends this summer but we did see them. We were just so busy and wrapped up in vacationing constantly in between our ranching. (our poor animals got short handed by us this summer) My surgery didn't stop me or us from going anywhere either and we had tons of fun!...more

It's on: Canadian election called for October 19

It's the holiday long weekend here in most of the Great White North, a time for Canadians to kick back with beer, iced tea or whatever it is they drink and ponder the realities of life in one of the greatest countries on the planet.And yet this morning, on a Sunday morning in the very middle of a long weekend, our prime minister, Stephen Harper, has just met with the Governor General and asked him to dissolve parliament. The GG agreed - wimp! - and we're now headed to the polls on October 19th.Do the math and the numbers are painful: We're in for a 78-day campaign, one of the longest in Canadian history and the longest in almost a century ....more

Gazpacho per bambini

Per guardare la video ricetta clicca sull’immagine La stagione dei pomodori e’ al suo apice: nell’orto, al mercato o anche al supermercato e’ difficile non trovarli buoni, maturi e naturalmente dolci. Perfetti per un gazpacho a misura di bambino. Pochi e sani ingredienti, pomodori e cetrioli, per una merenda salata o, perche’ no, per un aperitivo con i vostri piccolini ....more

At SF City Hall the Day the UN Turned 70, SCOTUS Formalized Marriage Equality, and Malala Spoke

June 26th was a day to be at San Francisco City hall. I was invited to attend the UN70 ceremony to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter as part of the Bay Area Digital Leaders initiative, which was thrilling enough -- I knew we'd get to see UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and SF's own Mayor Ed Lee speak. I was honored to witness such recounting of history, listen to such people, and be present during such a milestone.And then, the morning of the ceremony, SCOTUS ruled that marriage equality was the new law of our land ....more