Emily Dickinson Was My First Hero

Sometimes I stay in my metaphorical writing closet, hiding from the rest of the world. There's a handful of people who know I'm a poet, because I sometimes read in public. I also had a blog on MySpace for about two years, and was gaining readers there. It was a creative blog. I wrote as a fictional character. But I didn't want to be on MySpace anymore, for a variety of reasons, so I closed my account. I returned to my metaphorical closet. ...more

Sharing in the Crafty Social World

Wednesday I shared several fun blog ideas with you. ...more

Crabby,

SMUB means something like Simple Mobile Utility BSomething-or-Other.

It took me ...more

195 Bloggers Stay Up Late and Make a Difference: Blogathon 2009

For 24 hours starting tomorrow, Saturday, July 25th at 6:00 AM PT, 195 bloggers will be posting on their blogs every 30 minutes to raise money for the charity of their choice as part of the 2009 Blogathon. The deadline to be a participating blogger has passed, but you can still make a pledge to support one of the 195 registered bloggers until Friday, July 31st. ...more

Blogger Prom 2009 in Los Angeles

Prom—that word stirs up all kinds of emotions and memories, some positive, some negative. For me, it's a bittersweet mixture of both, courtesy of the fact that I went to four during high school. But more than focus on whether these were good or a total waste of couture, I think of them as a crowning jewel on the journey of exploration and growth. My first prom taught me you can't die of a broken heart. My second prom taught me that vicious rumors are only as vicious as you let them be. ...more

This looks so fun basing on the smiles of the guest..I remember my prom,it was in the 90's and ...more

Behind the Scenes with BlogHer Founders: How Blogging Works for Women

July 24th, 2009 kicks off the largest conference for women bloggers in the world.  Bloggers from all over are convening in Chicago to connect in real life including the See Jane Do team.  We went behind the scenes with BlogHer founders, Jory Des Jardins and Elisa Camahort to learn blogging basics and essentials, why blogging works for women, and the steps that led to this incredible online community for women. ...more

Getting to know you before, during, and after BlogHer 09

Hey Denise and fellow Blogher gals!  A native Chicagoan, born and raised, this will be my first Blogher Conference! I am a civil servant closing in on my 20th year in local government. I started my blog two years ago and it saved my life. The drudgery of a day job such as mine zapped the life and creativity from my bones. While I love what I do, the nature of law enforcement can make even the happiest person question humanity! ...more

Tell me about it... blogging allows me to not spend all of my mental time in "cop ...more

Speaking about Stillbirth and Why It's Important

Washington Post columnist, Alan Goldenbach, wrote a moving piece this week in the newspaper about the death of his son in-utero and society's inability to discuss stillbirth and neonatal death. What wasn't quite so moving were some of the comments that came as a response to the article. The believed anonymity of the Internet brings out cruelty. It isn't anything the average person experiencing a loss hasn't heard before: ...more
My first child was stillborn, which no cause for her death determined, in November.  I wish I'd ...more

This Lovely Life: An Interview With Vicki Forman

A certain self-abnegating strength is required to write about children with special needs, to share wrenching experiences with honesty and dignity, while refusing to accommodate pity. ...more

My sister is raising a special needs child. My niece was born well under 2 pounds. She is now ...more

Blogging About the Blog Contest

Feeling bad about not winning a blog contest? Join the crowd at Pajamas and Coffee. ...more

So often the contest requirements are so convoluted and confusing by the time you expended the ...more

Karma for Bloggers

The Golden Rule Still Applies... I have always been a big believer in karma, the golden rule, or whatever you choose to call it. Basically I try hard to put forth the same kind of energy that I hope to receive back from the world around me. I know this may sound idealistic, but hey that's how I roll. I ...more