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

Picture Yourself A Mother

The two best days of my life, hands down, were the days I gave birth.  There is nothing I've yet experienced that even comes close for the drama, the energy, the fun, and the sense of being in the vortex of a force so powerful.  Yes, it was painful, there were problems and complications.  There were needles, anxiety, and strong medicine and it was really, really messy - but still.  I have never felt closer to the divine, or done anything cooler, than I did on those two days....more
Thanks for sharing this! It was a fun interview. :)more

Santa Doesn't Come to Alaska

Can you feel it?  This time of year there seems to be a little extra magic in the air, people seem to smile more, have longer conversations with people they don’t know, hold doors open and find ways to do more kind things for people.  People they may know or they may not.  Its the holidays!  ...more

Stop Calling Rape Victims 'Accusers'

The media needs to stop calling victims of rape and sexual assault "accusers''. It implies that there is no victim, but rather a shrill, angry, mean accuser who is victimizing the rapist. It is not done with any other crime. If you are robbed, killed, kidnapped or pick pocketed - you are a victim. Why is a rape victim an accuser? Why is the universally accepted legal language changed? In fact, it is the people of a state that accuses the defendant on behalf of the victim....more
No. As ugly a crime as rape is, in the United States the accused is innocent until proven ...more

The Afternoon Nap - Chapter 3, Chili & Bread

I had no idea what I was going to eat for dinner and I was too tired to care. I had never made the much-needed grocery store visit that had been last on my list of errands today but luckily, there was take-out food.It had been a long first part of the day and I was exhausted. My errands began at the gas station and each leg of the trip around town became more frustrating, probably more from my lack of the “ability to deal” with the growing pile of errands gone wrong....more

I Visited Ferguson: If You Could See What I Saw

The Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, some friends and I decided to visit Ferguson, Missouri, which has seen more than its share of attention, mostly negative, since the Michael Brown shooting last August 9.  My friends and I wanted to support the community and its businesses by visiting and spending time and money there.I have lived most of my life in the St. Louis area....more
Love this.  Thank you so much for writing.  I'm sure the residents of Ferguson will appreciate ...more

Rolling Stone issues apology over UVA story

"A Note to Our Readers" - Rolling Stone...more
I have read the RS article, and even if it's only half true, it's pretty scary.  Seems likely RS ...more

5 Reasons Your Queries are Getting Rejected

You wrote the book. You had it professionally edited. Your mom, your dad, your S.O. have read it and they all agree you're the next Zora Neale Hurston. So you go ahead and send it off to an agency--or if you're bold enough, directly to a publisher--and to your dismay, you're denied. And denied... And denied. Before I go any further, I must admit: I've probably sent you a rejection letter and didn't tell why. I'm willing to offer some insight, here and now, as to why your book query ended up in my "pass" pile....more

#CrimingWhileWhite #AliveWhileBlack: What the Internet is Saying about Race and Police

Something interesting has been happening on Twitter. In light of the recent acquittals of white police officers in the deaths of black men, there have been quite a few online discussions about the role of race plays in how the law is enforced. The hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite has been trending, along with #AliveWhileBlack....more
Pink Curlers Thank you, I appreciate that! Just trying to capture the myriad of perspectives on ...more