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

Hey babe, I made dinner, but it exploded...

Have you read this Consumer Reports article about Pyrex dishes? To sum up: Newer glass cookware is made from a different (cheaper) type of glass that doesn’t withstand thermal shock as well as Grandma’s Pyrex dishes did. Also? Using damaged glass dishes, (meaning scratched or chipped) increases the danger of failure. (And by failure, they mean KERBLOOEY.)...more

5 Tips for Surviving Your First Car Accident

You mom always told you to wear clean underwear in case an accident lands you in the hospital, but what happens if you just get in a fender-bender? What do you do when the guy who rear-ended you won't return your calls? How do you know the mechanic isn't ripping you off?A car accident will happen to almost any driver at some point, and overcoming the shock and seeking medical treatment is only the first part. Take a deep breath and read on so you can be prepared if this happens to you.Break Out Your Camera and Notebook ...more

Parents: Stop calling your kids

I would like to issue an overdue apology to my five roommates in college: I'm sorry I wouldn't answer the phone. Back in the pre-cell phone days (you know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth), a call would come into the dorm room phone, and I wouldn't move to answer it....more

Reblog: Poverty and the Perception of “Blurred” Sexual Lines

In 2013, Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” highlighted American rape culture with its message that when a woman says “no” to something, she does not really mean it.  The naked women parading across his video made it perfectly clear where the lines, to him, are most blurred. It is easy to look at the song — and all the controversy it created — and chalk it up to a mediocre “musician” playing a publicity stunt, a stunt that had Mr. Thicke laughing all the way to the bank. Except I’m not laughing and nor should any woman anywhere in the world....more