I Usually Only Run When Chased

When I was a freshman in high school, I went out for track. I hadn't actually run at all before I did it. It was sort of a lark. The first day of practice, the coach told us to run an easy mile. All the other girls headed out, talking to each other ...more

Help! I'm Drowning in Lists!

My son and I are at the grocery store and a family passes us. The family has this conversation:"What do we need again?""I don't know —I think cheese.""Don't we have cheese?""It might not be the right kind."My son hears all this and says to me, ...more

3 Tips for a Successful Office Baby Shower

Earlier today, our office held a baby shower for one of the members of our team, Dana, who is about to head out on maternity leave. This isn’t our first rodeo when it comes to throwing baby showers for team members expecting either —not to ...more

The Friendship Exodus Of Your 20s: Where Did They Go?

You start your twenties in the midst of two goodbyes. The friends you left behind in high school that you vowed to keep touch with are starting to fade away as trips home get shorter and fewer and further between. In a year or two, you’ll be saying ...more

8 People I Love To Hate At The Gym

I'm a sucker for those late-night weight-loss infomercials, and as a result own a library of workout DVDs and a machine that transforms into a torturous, in-home gym. At first, I enjoyed exercising on my own schedule in the privacy of my home. I wore ...more

The Secret to Embracing Overwhelm

Birthdays are the perfect time for thought. I turned 34 on Saturday. No trumpets. No fancy cake. Just a lot of reflection....more
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I Was Sexually Abused At An All-Girls Summer Camp

Even now, at night when I close my eyes, I can sometimes still hear her. Footsteps crunching on the gravel path, growing louder as she nears the cabin. There’s a pause as she inhales and exhales one last drag on her Salem before crushing it out in the dirt. The screen door whines as she teases it open. Then she tiptoes across the rough wood floor to my bed, and on clear nights her body casts a shadow over mine in the moonlight. ...more

My Name Is "Jennifer." All Eight Letters, Please.

“Do you go by Jennifer or Jen?” asked a fellow blogger also named Jennifer. I felt immediate relief and kinship with this woman I had just met. After all, only another Jennifer would understand how loaded and important this simple question could be. ...more
BlogHer I get this. Everyone wants to shorten my name or add extra letters (no "o" or "ou" in it ...more

Davido - Aye (Music Video Romance)

Davido's Aye came out back in February in time for Valentine's Day and the music is still enjoying massive air play in Nigeria. I heard it during my last trip but I'm only just seeing the video now. Simply awesome! ...more

Metaphysics in the Word

 I was sitting here contemplating interdimensional relationships by vibrational emanations through the rhythm of mortal time and transcendental time caused by effluence (within) and influence (without) .Either violently colliding or working in harmony. I was thinking how they continually emenate through the circular planes of Time, Space....more
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Pinwheel, Pinwheel, Spinning Around

Well, this has been a ridiculous 2 weeks on the tech front....more

This House is Clean

The other day I did a cleansing in our home — I lit a white sage smudge stick and went through every room in the house, smoking away any bad vibes and clearing the air for good times and feelings. At the end of the ritual I put cups of sea salt in the four corners....more

Personal Space Please

What the heck is wrong with some people?I realize this is a bit of a broad question. A question, that if you are like me, elicits a giant list. A list that continually grows. And, unlike my other lists (to-do lists and such), nothing ever gets checked off or scratched off. Instead, it just grows, festers, and becomes this utterly annoying list that serves no purpose. Sound familiar?For now, just to stay on point, let's ignore that disaster and instead talk about my number one annoyance. The one thing that made me ask that ambiguous question in the first place....more

My First Book! Paris à l'air libre with Vélib

If someone had told me that I would collaborate with the fantastic teams at Vélib, Paris's pioneering bike share program that launched in 2007, I would have laughed incredulously. Seven years later, I not only consider myself a rather avid Vélib cyclist but a part of their expanding presence.While their first book offered detailed itineraries for discovering the city entirely by bike (more on that here), the second was meant to be a mini guide for local Parisians. The message is simple: disconnect from your digital appendages, think beyond the confines of your familiar quartier and experience the breadth of options the city has to offer, in everything from dining to nightlife and well-being ....more

Eighteen Years and Counting

Dear Mom,Today marks a pivotal moment in our relationship. Eighteen years ago, my life changed forever when I held your hand for the very last time. At just 18, I had no idea what would come next. Up until that moment, I had been busy planning my senior prom, anticipating high school graduation, fighting with my loser boyfriend and dreaming about my first day of college—all with your help....more

16 Swimsuits for Full Busts

Swimsuit season is just around the corner! Have you begun shopping for this summer's swimsuit? Are you in tears yet? Shopping for a swimsuit is hardly pleasant when you don't have a "normal" body type. As a petite, busty woman myself, I can tell you firsthand it sucks. There have been too many shopping trips that ended in slammed car doors and tears.  Well, don't despair just yet. Here are 16 super cute swimsuits for full busts. Girl, I got you! ...more

Puppy Love?

There is nothing that disturbs me more than people who get dogs, only to wind up giving them away because they realize they can't afford them or don't have enough time for them. It just plain makes me mad. Although having a new puppy in your home can bring a lot of joy to your life, having a puppy is not all fun and games all the time....more