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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Formation... Unapologetically Black

Beyoncé just 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 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

Ash and Me VS. Evil Dead (or ComicCon #2)

I meant to show you my second comiccon in November, but I've been disinclined to sit in front of the blank Blogger page. Plus stupid facebook and work and kids and laundry. ...more

Puppy Bowl 2016 – Meet the Puppies!

Time for the Puppy Bowl 2016! Tumbling puppies! Adorable kittens! ...more

15 Audio Books for a Road Trip

I'm a huge reader.  In my purse, I always have my Kindle, which is full of digital, library books and all my favorites.  When I go on vacation, I usually pack at least two paperbacks.  I just don't want to run out of good reading material.In addition to my Kindle and paperback books, I listen to a lot of audio books.  I drive many miles, every day, for work, so while I'm in the car, I'm listening to a book.  Last year, I read 62 books and about half were audio books....more

PODCAST: The Guerrilla Feminist Collective vs. Roosh V.

Advocate for legalized rape, Roosh V. — from his site: rooshv.com Roosh V., a man widely known as a “pickup artist,” who espouses a particularly extreme version of misogyny (recently advocating for legalized rape), had planned a number of meetups for his followers around the world. After widespread protest, the meetups were, supposedly, cancelled ....more

I Pick Up Hitchhikers

 I don’t live on the edge much. I observe expirations dates and tax deadlines. I stop at all red lights and will not text and drive. But even I have a sell-out price to tempt danger....more

Fukuyama Masaharu Returns to J-doramas with Fuji TV’s Upcoming Love Song

The last Fuji TV Getsu9 (Monday @ nine) dorama I watched was the thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable...more

Bird Songs II: "I Like Birds" "Broken Wings Heal" and "Proud Penguin"

More selections from the world of contemporary bird-referencing songs....more

A vacation by myself (and to myself)

The commitment I make to my hobbies and interests is pretty lackadaisical, and I like it that way. To me, hobbies and interests shouldn’t involve commitment, goals, or any aspiration of achievement. I read a great piece recently by author Elizabeth Gilbert on the difference between a career, a job, a hobby, and a vocation. (Interestingly, what led me to read it was that I thought it said “vacation,” and was going to be about work/life balance. But it turned out to be even better, since it’s really about the things we do that make life meaningful.)...more

MBC Revenge Drama Goodbye Mr. Black with Moon Chae Won and Lee Jin Wook Hold Script Reading

Filming is quietly underway for upcoming MBC Wed-Thurs drama Goodbye Mr. Black, will premieres in mid-March taking over for One More Happy Ending. That’s going to be a major tonal shift, which isn’t a bad thing since SBS shows that … Continue reading → ...more