It's Okay If You Don't Want to Be a Parent

“This above all: to thine own self be true”. – William Shakespeare ...more

A Break-Up Letter to My Belly Ring

Dear belly ring,I’m breaking up with you. I’m sorry. It’s been a good run. Twelve years to be exact. ...more

Can You Quit Your Job as Stuff Manager?

Dear Stuff,I am writing to inform you that I am resigning from my position as Stuff Manager for the Townes Household, effective April 15, 2015. ...more

I've Never Had a Best Friend

I’ve never had a best friend.I’m not saying that so you’ll feel sorry for me. It’s just a realization that I’ve had over and over and over again in my life. Image: Texasbubba via Flickr  ...more

Best Travel Essentials for Your Carry-On Bag

I thought today I’d share some of my all-time favorite carry-on travel items. You know – those things that you always have to have on you at all times. ...more

Thank You for Breaking My Heart

In my 26 years, my heart has never been broken by a guy. The boyfriends I have had, the men of my past, didn’t leave many scars when we moved on and went our separate ways. ...more
Yes, u are better for it:) Smile and go on. We all lose friends and get hurt. But life is like ...more

Persistence Doesn't Have to Look Like Perfection

When I was in elementary school, as soon as something was boring, I'd stop. Just like that. Despite my teachers and my parents insisting that I was bright, I didn't believe them, because I always grew bored. I thought being bored meant being stupid, and because of that belief, I just stopped trying. I became a quitter. ...more
I totally agree with you about not quitting. Of course a novel after 15 years is better than no ...more

White and Gold or Blue and Black? The Great Dress Debate

I woke up this morning to the great Dress Debate, or #DressGate, or as it's trending on Twitter, #TheDress....more
Julie Ross Godar It changes colors for me as well!more

Poem of Madame Royale

From Tiny-Librarian: A poem that was written by Madame Royale while she was kept in the Temple Prison. It was written in her own writing, and is addressed to Madame Renée de Chanterenne, who was brought in to be a companion to her after her Aunt’s execution. «...more

We're Moving Back...

Charlotte, North Carolina If you didn't catch the news on Instagram, we are thrilled to share that our little Beach Baby Houston won't be so beach baby after all. Our family is packing up and moving back home to Charlotte. Today I'm sharing the details/FAQs regarding our move! ...more

3 Thoughts on Dogsledding in Jasper, Alberta

The Drama View from the passenger seat The expert team at Cold Fire Creek Dog Sledding hadn’t had a runaway dogsled in over two years. Guess who broke their record? Not me exactly, I was tucked tightly in the actual sled when the Australian girl who was driving our rig slipped right off the back (to be fair, I’m not sure she’d ever seen snow before this trip) ....more

Liar, Liar

Ah, the lies we tell ourselves. ...more

Book Review: Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga – Part 3: The Hollow Moon

Book Description: Spying on the Luminon, Aoléon and Gilbert uncover his plot to steal Earth’s milk cows and make the disturbing discovery that the Martian leader plans to disrupt Mars’s galact supply. The duo races to warn Aoléon’s father, Deimos, a manager at the galactworks, before the Luminon’s saboteur can act.While still on the run, Aoléon takes her pilot’s exam so she can join the Martian intergalactic exploration fleet. However, during the test-run, something goes horribly wrong ....more

3 Wishes for a 20-Something

What three “gifts” would you...more

The 411: Weekly News Update

Get the debate started here! Dr. Maya Angelou – Photo credit: Happy Sunday! ...more

Slacking off in February -> Going Strong in March!

I’m just going to say that my birthday gift to myself is allowing myself to slack off on my goals in February. I managed to do all the fun goals and none of my goals that required a little more discipline. Happy Birthday to me!...more

Spoonie Spotlight: Sarah

Happy Sunday and welcome to this week's Spoonie Spotlight. Today I'm featuring Sarah! Spoonie Spotlight is my way to use my platform to share the stories of others living with arthritis or an arthritis-related condition ....more

L’Edito: Keep Calm and Be Diverse

Don't forget to Leave a comment! If there’s one thing the whitest, most male-dominated Oscars managed to accomplish this year, it is to spur a gigantic, inspiring wave of Diversity awareness. From Neil Patrick Harris’ hilarious, yet on-point introduction “Tonight, we honor the best and whitest…sorry, brightest“, to Patricia Arquette’s rousing speech dedicated to women’s equality...more