2014 Women of the Year

Another 365 days has gone by! 2014 proved to be a year in which our online selves became increasingly merged with our offline lives, whether it was in the radical act of posting selfies, in binge-watching TV or streaming podcasts, or in determining what we read or how we teach our children. The common thread that connects many of the notable women of the past year is how they used their Internet lives as an extension of their work, whether they are entertainers, activists, or athletes. ...more
eughung HapaMamaGrace IndigeniusIdeas Same here! :)more

When the News Leaves Me in Despair, Art Saves Me

When a grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Mike Brown, I felt hollowed out by sorrow and grief over the lack of justice that washed over me. I cried on my husband's chest, asking him to tell me how we were going to protect our three Black boys from such a system... and from people who believe it is within their rights to cut the lives of Black men and women short for whatever reason they deem necessary. He didn't have an answer....more
Beautiful. The art, the words, you. Thank you for sharing and for being such a strong voice. XOXOmore

Do You Know the History of Policing in America?

Have you ever seen the movie Crash starring—among others—Don Cheadle (my celebrity crush), Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Larenz Tate, Ryan Phillipe and Terrence Howard? ...more
Rita Arens Me, too.  It was hard to watch, but I find all of this hard to watch/live also.more

Lessons Learned from Disney's Into the Woods

Once upon a time, a gentleman named Felix looked over at his beautiful wife in a darkened theater with great suspicion in his eyes. Just as the opening credits began and the first notes were sung, he leaned over and accusedly whispered, "Is this a musical?"The beautiful maiden answered, "Yes", sure that she had told him before they arrived that it was, albeit quietly and .... perhaps under her breath.  The gentleman dramatically sighed, lowered his head and shook it in disbelief and denial at what would be his reality for the next ... 124 minutes....more

AirAsia Flight 850 Is Missing

Cheryl Rick Klein Cheryl Rick Klein originally shared this post. Public I lost my father in law in 1998 on Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Peggy's Cove, Canada. So my prayers and thoughts go out to all the families on this AirAsia Flight. ...more

AAA Answers Questions About "Tipsy Tow"

In response to my post yesterday, I received a tweet from  AAA corporate.  In their statement they thanked me for contacting them. They also provided the following link in order for people to have access to the programs that actually ARE available. The link is  bit.ly/1rp1u7PBut beware and do some homework before relying on these services for your New Year's Eve. Some of them do offer a free tow with the stipulation that only the first 10 miles are free. The rest you must pay for!...more

Word of Advice: Don't Discuss Controversial Current Events Topics With Your Family Over the Holidays

Ah, the holidays. A joyous time of year spent with loved ones; eating delicious food, giving and receiving generous gifts, listening to seasonal tunes and arguing with your family about hot-button political issues.Wait, what?Listen. I'm all for a healthy debate and voicing your opinions on current events and controversial topics. I think it's important to take a stand on something and to believe in a cause and to want to have a discussion with your peers, regardless if they agree with you or not....more

Why I Was So Disappointed With The Ending of 'Serial'

I like things neat. I like things to have clean conclusions. The ending doesn't have to be positive or even what I want as an ending, but I do prefer there not to be any lingering questions. After listening to the last episode of season one of the Serial podcast, though, lingering questions may be all I'll ever have. ...more
I love radio and I used to listen CBS radio Mystery theater when I was growing up in the 1970's. ...more

2014 Women of the Year

Another 365 days has gone by! 2014 proved to be a year in which our online selves became increasingly merged with our offline lives, whether it was in the radical act of posting selfies, in binge-watching TV or streaming podcasts, or in determining what we read or how we teach our children. The common thread that connects many of the notable women of the past year is how they used their Internet lives as an extension of their work, whether they are entertainers, activists, or athletes. ...more
eughung HapaMamaGrace IndigeniusIdeas Same here! :)more

Missing Planes, Protests, and Ebola – What Stories Stick in Your Mind?

I’m a news junkie. I always have been, and even more so while I was studying journalism during my undergrad years. And now, thanks to social media, my addiction to the media has grown....more

When the News Leaves Me in Despair, Art Saves Me

When a grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Mike Brown, I felt hollowed out by sorrow and grief over the lack of justice that washed over me. I cried on my husband's chest, asking him to tell me how we were going to protect our three Black boys from such a system... and from people who believe it is within their rights to cut the lives of Black men and women short for whatever reason they deem necessary. He didn't have an answer....more
Beautiful. The art, the words, you. Thank you for sharing and for being such a strong voice. XOXOmore

How a Trip to the Nail Salon Showed Me That People Are Still Good

I had a busy night planned on Saturday, including a birthday dinner for my best friend followed by yet another holiday party (my fourth this month!).  Before heading out, I stopped in my neighborhood nail salon for a quick manicure so I didn’t have to show my face in public with disgustingly gross/chipped red nails.  The salon had a few people in it, but wasn’t packed.  One of the Asian women who works there smiled at me and directed me to her seat, and she immediately got to work....more

#MicroblogMonday - Less Violence. More Love.

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too....more