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

Is Lunar New Year Finally Becoming Mainstream?

The San Francisco Bay Area is rolling out the red and gold for one its biggest events of the year. Not the Super Bowl (although I hear plenty of people are celebrating that, too). It’s the Lunar New Year, most often called Chinese New Year, which begins on Monday, February 8. In a periodic alignment of the moon and the NFL calendar, football’s holiest day also lands on the same weekend as the biggest holiday for many Asian cultures, including Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Vietnamese....more

Barbie Just Got A Lot More Bootylicious

News flash: Barbie’s got some junk in her trunk! After nearly 57 years, Barbie is finally packing on some healthy pounds and she's not rushing to sign up with Jenny Craig to shed them! In fact, she's quite okay with it, and so are we....more

Joining the Cast of the "Biggest Loser" Is My Way Out of the Darkness of Self Destruction

People have always looked up to me. I don't mean to sound self involved, but they have. I have been a class clown far before I was voted one in the school yearbook. I have marched to the beat of my own drum, and people recognize that. I appreciated the recognition, because I continuously strived to be the entertainer and fulfill something in people that they were too scared to find. But as I hit adulthood I started to realize how unfulfilled I was: spending so much time on others so that when I looked in the mirror I had too much to piece together it was overwhelming. ...more
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Bring Back the Citizens Arrest

I live right near the George Washington Bridge, so walking my daughter to school, we encounter three seasoned crossing guards. Today I noticed a driver performing a dangerous and illegal move, jeopardizing other cars and pedestrians. This abominable situation outraged me. I would never think to make an illegal left! I shared my indignation with crossing card # 2 on my path. She smiled, and said, “I know, can you believe it? It happens all day long. I take deep breaths and hold them in until they complete the forbidden turn. I watch almost accidents all day long.”...more

What’s Current: Cops visit Roosh V. in mom’s basement

Roosh V opens the door to his mom’s basement — Photo credit: Charlie Archambault/Daily Mail “King of Masculinity” Roosh V. gets a visit from the cops at his home in his mother’s basement. He claims to fear for his safety after an attempt to organize an international men’s right’s rally ....more

The Polished Professional and the Girl Next Door: Victims of Domestic Abuse

My two friends lived a block apart, shared a name,  but could not have come from more different backgrounds. P#1 was a stay-at-home mother, her education ended at high school and early marriage. P#2 was a traditional college grad, newly wed to a well-educated man with social stature. ...more

SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS: Heinz Wiener Dogs!

Super Bowl Commercials are hitting the web, and Heinz Wiener Dogs Stampede is already winning the Internet. Wiener dogs! In costume! ...more

Many Ways to Support Our Wounded Warriors

"The greatest casualty is being forgotten."  That is the fabulous, and wrenching, motto of the Wounded Warrior Project, which fights to secure the honor, rights, and benefits of wounded warriors.  ...more

Planning a Spring Wedding? My Top 5 Spring Wedding Favors from HotRef.com!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HotRef for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Gosh, I love spring weddings ....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 “generalized” about Remy and other fake hair 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 your hair, it doesn’t mean I love you any less....more

Giveaway: ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ (paperback, international)

Happy early Valentine’s Day, readers! One of my favorite novels, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is hitting theaters today as a movie…so what better way to celebrate than by giving away a copy of the book? To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below ....more