Every Child Is Our Child (RIP Noah Chamberlin)

Most of my writing is typically devoted to the portrayal of the humorous side of parental life; this isn't one of those times. This choice of topic is a departure for me, because it feels unbearably heavy, and I know that for some, it'll feel too ...more

Top 5 Reasons I'm Excited 'The X-Files' is Back

The time of The X-Files return is almost upon us! The show that was one of the first to introduce me to the concept of "shipping" (wanting two characters to be in a relationship) will make a six episode return, starting later this month. ...more

Why the Movie 'Concussion' Made My Sons NOT Want to Play Football

My kids have wanted to play football since they were little boys, and my husband and I have always said no. We allow them access to every other sport and hobby that they love. They take dance class and play on lacrosse and basketball teams. As a ...more

Exploring the Supercute World and Cultural Import of Hello Kitty

It’s a few hours before the Hello Kitty Supercute Opening Party at the Experience Music Project, and I’m having a moment of fashion indecision: should I wear my black-framed Hello Kitty glasses, or the white-framed specs? Since I wore the white ...more

5 Book Challenges to Kick Off 2016

Reading challenges are a great way to find new books, reach goals, and remind yourself to... well... read. It's too easy to surf blogs and play games on your phone in the evening rather than picking up a good book. Joining a reading challege will ...more

Yay, 'Scandal' and HTGAWM Are Back — But, Wait, Why Can't I Remember What's Going On?

Good news, Gladiators! The grand Thursday night Shondaland #TGIT line-up is back in play, with Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder returning after a midseason's break. Fantastic! Pop some corn, aerate some wine, and get ready to pick up where we left of with Annalise's... um, hmm? I can't seem to remember what, but it was good.  And Olitz was hot and heavy with the...wait, or did that happen with Jake? Was there a cliffhanger? ...more
BLESS YOU. Wasn't Annalise shot in the chest? Because he was too excited? I've forgotten.more

5 Things Hillary Should Do After New Hampshire

None of us is surprised that Hillary Clinton lost in New Hampshire. The polls and pundits have been predicting this for weeks. So it's done. What's next? As a very strong supporter of Hillary Clinton, this is what I think she ought to do next....more

This Lesbian Supports Hillary Clinton for President

Let me be clear - if Bernie Sanders wins the nomination, I will vote for him. I will enthusiastically support him. No hesitation, no bitterness, no hissy fits. Just pragmatic decisions to keep the country moving forward. It is ridiculous to think otherwise. However, I think Hillary is the better candidate. And I don't have to explain why....more


I read with interest that author Sherrilyn Kenyon is suing author Cassandra Clare, accusing her of copyright and trademark infringement and false advertising. I have never read one of Kenyon's novels*, and our (limited) coverage of Cassandra Clare has been lukewarm-ranging-to-chilly, but I'm afraid Ms. Clare's unfortunate history of "borrowing" from other fantasy writers leaves her very, very vulnerable to accusations like these ....more

With the Standoff Over, Let the Gardening Begin!

 Oh thank you Goddess, those people have left the Refuge. It was touch and go but they finally surrendered. The final holdout sounds so delusional that he'll need heavy medication and evidently pizza to deal with what's in store for him. I would suggest gluten-free pizza over the regular kind....more

Valentine's Day for Singles - Scavenger Hunt

 Valentine's Day for Singles - Scavenger HuntValentine's Day is nearly upon us.  An event that occurs this time every year, celebrated by couples and dreaded by singles, generally speaking.  Thrill of the Hunt has ideas to enjoy the day, no matter your relationship status....more

My Favorite Romance: The Blue Castle

The Blue Castle is my favorite romance and one of my favorite books ever. It's one of L.M. Montgomery's grown up stories. No spunky red head orphans here.Spinster Valancy Stirling leaves her overbearing family to live the life she's always wanted to live- even though she only has a small amount of that life left ....more

What’s Current: Ghomeshi defence concludes without presenting a shred of evidence

Ghomeshi and counsel, November 2014 — Photo: Craig Robertson, QMI Agency The Crown and Jian Ghomeshi’s defence presented their closing arguments today. Ghomeshi did not testify, nor did his defence present any evidence. The defence strategy, instead, focused solely on discrediting his accusers ....more

Sista, I Love You But I Hate Your Fake Hair

You may see it as a contradiction. I was even told off on Facebook by a fellow black “Sista” who was annoyed that I had made generalizations about Remy and other fake hair that is woven or glued onto the heads of so many of my girlfriends. She got mad, and I basically told her that just because I don’t like her hair, doesn’t mean I love her any less....more

What Black History Month Could Be

It’s Black History Month and my daughter, like a lot of kids, will learn about the basics – the very basics: Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Dred Scot – and of course, MLK. I’m grateful for this annual spotlight, but I can’t help but think how that approach narrows Black History to people who lived within slavery and civil rights demonstrations....more

Book review: Choose Your Own Autobiography, by Neil Patrick Harris

(Thank you to Blogging for Books for the review copy!) I’m beginning to think that maybe autobiographies are just not my cup of tea. I’ve read a few in the past year and haven’t enjoyed any of them that much. I think it’s partly that I’m just not a huge “fan” of very many celebrities and I don’t care that much about their life stories, so it makes it a little hard to get into their autobiographies ....more

Getting Into Feminist Formation

As a 50-something feminist, I love Beyoncé. When Bruno Mars sang, “Stop. Wait a minute,” those flares shot into the sky, and the TV camera swung to reveal an all-female, black-clad drum line on the Super Bowl field, my heart rate zoomed into a whole new zone. “Alright, ladies, now, let’s get into formation,” Beyoncé commanded....more

Happy Valentine’s Day - Astrology Hookups!

Valentine’s Day, Sunday February 14, 2016, isn’t just about flowers and candy. Its also about acknowledging delightful partnerships, a special someone. Remember that party Bar pick up line from the 70’s – “Hey, what’s your sign?”. It didn’t always result in a “you complete me” hookup, but,  it’s a great question if looking for “interesting” company. Astrology signs are grouped from Aries to Pisces – all 12 have a partner. Does it mean that the sign opposite yours is your “soul mate” – not necessarily, but, there may be undeniable heat, attraction and fun. ...more