'Nobody said life would be easy'

Apathy (noun): 1: lack of feeling or emotion: impassiveness. 2: lack of interest or concern: indifference.I don't understand apathy. I don't get not feeling emotions -- though I could see how someone might confuse states I have been in in the past as being in a state of apathy. I don't think I was though.At points in my past, sometimes extended periods at a time, I lived in a state of self-induced numbness. Sometimes, what you feel can be so overwhelming that you aren't prepared, don't know how to deal with it....more

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

I remember back when I was in university, screaming girls would line up to have Jamie Oliver, "The Naked Chef" autograph his latest cookbook. These days I would be one of the first in line to promote his cause. His current mission is to fight the obesity epidemic by inspiring families to cook, educating kids about food and improving how they eat at school. Last weekend I watched his passionate talk at TED, and wanted to share it here because I agree with his food philosophy....more

No one wants to see your butt, especially birds

Walking to the grocery store the other day, I watched as a man took a final drag off his cigarette and then threw it onto the sidewalk. Sights like that are so common, seldom do they even register in my brain....more

Does Dr. Phil Do Hormone Therapy?

 Well it's still cold down here in "sunny" Florida. It's gotten so bad that I've become accustomed to wearing my Uggs to bed at night. I had a $400 electric bill last month so I'm opting not to turn the thermostat above 60 this month. It's a little hard to bear around here since we do live in Florida and that means the kids think it's t-shirt and shorts weather year around. I'm the one that looks a bit out of place with my 3 shirts, a sweater, jeans, Uggs, and a sweater coat on....more

I wish he could stay 12 forever

We were sitting on the plane on our way to Paris and Louis was grinning from ear to ear when he was presented with a kid’s meal when dinner was served. I’m not sure why I even ordered it for him, I guess because I could. Many typical 12 year olds wouldn’t be that excited for the silly toy and applesauce. But Louis was....more

More Research on Millennials and Social Media: Mobile's Hot, Twitter's Still Not

Pew Research took a look at teens and young adults and the trends in social media and mobile use among the youthful crowd. The catchword to identify this generation is "millennials," or the first generation to come of age in the new millennium. Pew first announced their findings on Twitter at @pewresearch earlier this month. Tweeting your research results is a trend in itself, but according to the Feb. 2010 report from Pew, it probably isn't something a young adult would do. ...more

I do use Twitter's DM feature for personal communication, and sometimes @ messages. ...more

Don't Ever Take Your Kids to a Movie When They've Read the Book

 Well, by now you all know that the whole "snowstorm" thing here in the deep south was a big fat fluffy bust for some of us. I would just like personally thank The Weather Channel for completely destroying my children's faith in "experts" of the meteorological kind. They now think that all of you are freaking out of your minds!...more

Unfortunately, there's no getting out of this one for me.  my 13 year old daughter has ...more

The Travel Athlete - Finding Family Balance

  (MORE SPORTS GIRL TALK) At age 6 my oldest was traveling the region. Within a couple of years, he was traveling the country.  From that point on, through his senior year in high school, he was labeled an elite gymnast, life controlled by the rigors of relatively intense training and travel. Of course school and a social life had to figure prominently in his schedule as well. Life could have easily revolved around his needs and his needs alone....more