Why I Love Thanksgiving

Typically around this time of year, people begin to talk about everything they're grateful for. Thanksgiving is, by definition, a time to give thanks - to reflect on all you have and love. It's a holiday I've always loved. When I was little it was the parade, and I still dream of one day being in Herald Square on Thanksgiving Day. As I got older, it was the food, and later the football. Most of all, it's a time I love to spend with my family, and one that's usually drama-free....more

Are YOU an American Mama?

Happy Weekend! Maybe you noticed over this week, but let's make it official: Miss Josi Denise is now The American Mama! When I created this blog almost 9 months ago, I used my name because honestly - a lot of the creative names I first thought of were taken....more

As American as Peanut Butter

I have no idea who came up with the phrase "as American as apple pie," but I can assure you that no one outside of the U.S. considers apple pie to be as American as Americans think it is.Peanut butter...well, that's a completely different story. I don't think there's anywhere else in the world that uses as much peanut butter as the U.S., if they use it at all. Or if they even know what it is....more

The Suitcase Rule: What's Your Approach to Teen Sex?

When I was 17, I brought my first serious girlfriend to spend the weekend at my grandmother's ranch. Before we left, my mother took me aside to remind me of her mother's rule: our luggage would be placed in separate rooms. "Nocturnal traffic," as she put it, between my room and my girlfriend's would be ignored, provided that we were quiet. Is this this how I will raise my own daughter? ...more
@Jane Byers Goodwin NO, me too. Me too. ...more

Teaching My Asian Daughters to be Strong and Confident

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang A few years ago, I took a seminar called, "Raising Strong and Confident Daughters." My husband laughed at me. "Could our daughters be any stronger or more confident?" ...more
Awesome post!  Thank you--another addendum I add to story time, if it happens to be of the ...more

The French language test / L'épreuve de la langue française

Using French on my blog and on my site has had an interesting unintended consequence. En utilisant le français sur mon blog et sur ​​mon site, j'ai non seulement accompli ce que j'avais l'intention d'accomplir, mais il y a eu une autre conséquence aussi....more

Should Jose Antonio Vargas Have Come Out of the Immigration Closet?

The first time I met Pulitzer Prize-winner Jose Antonio Vargas, I was reminded of my sons. "Jose's such a Californian," I thought, listening to his enthusiastic and constant commentary at a bookstore near The Huffington Post's old offices in downtown Manhattan. He was putting together a tech section for HuffPo, so we started talking shop about BlogHer's publishing model for paying writers, and Jose's interest in the voices of geeks who also happen to be mothers. He listened hard. And then Jose talked emotionally about his grandma, hislola, and how much he loved her, and how he would do anything, anything for her, because she raised him after he left the Philippines, and I was a goner....more
Why don't they look at stats from the FBI and DOJ.  Take a town like Woodbridge Virginia (Prince ...more

Flag Day

Today is Flag Day.  I fly mine proudly both as a veteran and an American. ...more

What American English sounds like to non-English speakers

What American English sounds like to non-English speakers. you don't believe me? Listen up! (read more)From elenasc.wordpress.com...more

Sex With The "Uncircumcised" Man

Someone has got to say this publicly (Mom, you've been warned). Am I the only woman in the world who has had sex with an intact man and one who is circumsized? (Thank you David for being my model today). Okay, ...more
Fellas...  cut or uncut you need to take care of the penis you currently have.  Using a penis ...more