That time I got burnt by a sparkler

As the Fourth of July arrives, I am filled with childhood memories of summer: going to camp and catching fireflies, of riding bikes and when Dad fired up the grill because it was too hot for Mom to use the oven every night. I can even remember the one summer there was a lunar eclipse and I was allowed to stay up and watch it. ...more

Why I Take Ticks Very Seriously

One spring evening, when my youngest daughter was 2, my husband came home from work and asked if Little A had a sunburn on her face. I thought we must have missed a spot during her squirmy sun-blocking session, and I didn't think much of it until the next day. It looked almost like she had been whipped in the face with something, but I knew that hadn't happened. We gave it a couple of days, but the blotchy, rashy patches on her face didn't go away, they seemed to fade and brighten, and they became more pronounced. And she was a little cranky and warm....more

Staying safe in the sun!

Hello & Welcome (to both you and me!)

Hi all - BlogHer newbie Enn here.  I considered waiting until I had the absolute perfect words for my  first BlogHer post.  But then I looked at the available topics and realized that my blog niche doesn't fall into any of those categories.  Thus this post.I write about concealed carrying of firearms. Sounds deep, filled with political angst, and totally about men doesn't it?  It's not. At least not for me.  I keep it simple...and girly!...more
Grace Hwang Lynch Thanks Grace!more

The PSAs that still haunt me

With all the television that I watched as a child, I recall there being an awful lot of Public Service Announcements....more

The risks of independent children

When I was little, I walked everywhere: To school, to my best friend's house, to the park across the street and to the park a few blocks away. Sometimes my brother was with me; sometimes he wasn't. As I got older, I walked more places: To the store to get milk, to the theater to volunteer as an usher and sometimes I just walked for exercise....more

Hey, Mom! Watch this!

It is the echoing cry of children throughout the playground: "Hey, Mom! Watch this!"...more

3 Things You Must Know Before Starting a DIY Pallet Project

3 Things You Must Know Before Starting a DIY Pallet ProjectBuilding and creating home decor from pallet wood is hot right now.Pallets are probably the most readily available source of inexpensive, and often free, wood, and if you are reading this right now you have probably pinned at least one or two (or 20) "DIY pallet projects."...more
JessicaMarks You are so right - I thought the same thing after the fact. It's definitely a smart ...more

Where does Creativity Fit into Safety?

A recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future, and one of the most crucial factors of future success. With this wholehearted pursuit for creativity in business and elsewhere, what is the impact on the safety of those who create it? Creativity on a larger scale promotes the art of ‘risk-taking’, which is essentially the antithesis of what ‘safety’ implicates....more

Creating an exit strategy

My son wants to live with the firefighters. He has told me numerous times about his plans to live at the fire station and be in charge of fixing the trucks with special tools. He told me he doesn't want to fight the fires, but he does want to be able to slide down the pole....more