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

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

Beyoncé's Formation Is Full of the Unapologetically Black Messages My Daughters Need

Beyoncé dropped that fire... I mean for a while I was NOT a fan. But I guess it's time I dust off my Bey Hive wings and glitter crown because she came out the woodworks with a mean black power trap banger.  I won't lie, I once thought Bey was vapid and aloof and not paying attention in her glass tower; apparently I was wrong. She let everybody know that #blackgirlmagic is real. ...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
Thank you! Happy New Year to you, too graceishumanmore

This Week In Reality TV

I, Ashley Cobb am I reality TV connoisseur, however as of late I haven't been able to watch it, because life *inserts sigh here*. Well last week I had the opportunity to get some TV time in and from the looks of things I haven't missed much. Folks still messy, kneegrows still telling lies and the tried it train is still picking up passengers from near and far.  Here's  my thoughts of my Reality TV findings from last week......... Real Housewives of Atlanta...more

New Moon Musings..It's Not That Complicated

 I love both Hillary and Bernie. I've contributed to both. I'll vote for whoever wins the nomination. What I don't like is the vitriol between progressives. Now there's a problem between older and younger feminists....more

Any woman who’s been abused or assaulted knows how easy it is to go back

Predictably, the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial has focused far more on what the victims did “wrong” than on the perpetrator’s behaviour. Story after story in the media paints a picture of women who fucked up — who went back, who had sex with Ghomeshi after the assault, who went on second dates, who flirted, who sent “sexual” emails… “What were you thinking?” Crown attorney Michael Callaghan asked the third complainant. He couldn’t — and presumably, many others can’t either — understand why, after being choked, this woman would meet Ghomeshi again for a date, go to a bar and dinner with him, and invite him back to her place ....more

Teaser for Kim So Hyun and Ji Soo’s Page Turner Featuring Intense Piano Playing Amid Rivalry and Friendship

I love screenwriter Park Hye Ryun so it’s bittersweet that she’s coming back this month with a new K-drama but it’s only going to be a short three episode special. If anyone can deliver something short and sweet it’s her, … Continue reading → ...more

Weekly Book Giveaway: <i>Dreamer's Pool</i>, by Juliet Marillier

This week's Book Giveaway is Dreamer's Pool, the first installment in the Blackthorn & Grim series by Juliet Marillier. That's not the kind of cover that usually floats my boat (I avoid any book that looks like the author might describe someone's eyes as "cerulean orbs"), but I've been deeply impressed by Ms. Marillier's books in the past, so my hopes are high ....more

Carol shows us a secret world of women… minus the male gaze

Aside from being a cool drink of female perspective in the scorched desert of male dominated American cinema, the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, Carol, stands on its own as a triumph of storytelling through filmmaking. (That it was snubbed in the 2016 Best Picture and Best Director Oscar nominations is truly a disgrace). Set in charmingly chic 1950s New York, Carol is a seductive dive into the forbidden world of love and friendship between women ....more

A White Lesbian Responds to Beyonce's 'Formation'

This won't be the post you expect.Let me open by saying that while I enjoy Beyonce's music, I've never really listened to her catalogue. I admire her politics, especially her stance on feminism and I appreciate her artistry. But I never really moved past admiration to engage her art.Until Saturday....more

SPECTRE Gives Us More of Bond on Bluray

On Bluray this week from director Sam Mendes and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is the next installment with the one and only Bond with SPECTRE. James Bond (Daniel Craig) is back and this time the first bit of madness occurs during a mission in Mexico City. Going rogue to get information, everything falls apart – including a building! ...more