Helping Our Kids (and Ourselves) Avoid the Disease of Stuff This Holiday Season

You've met them and at times, you have been them. Because really, in our culture, that seems to be the battle. It's the Wanna-be-War which rages against us in a world full of stuff. And with Christmas, in all it's "finery," beginning to parade around in stores, I'm reminded of how stuff pulls me in. I was in Costco with all it's neat and tidy aisles, lined with sparkling goodies, and the suck begins....more
The idea of having "stuff" is forgein to many. I work with families in poverty and those at risk ...more

Princess Proofing (Part Three) :: Practicing Empathy

Welcome to Princess Proofing 101 ~ there is no prerequisite for this course, and it is open to all parents of girls and boys.  If you are still dusting off pink or purple glitter and swearing that the stuff should be labelled a biohazard, but you use it anyway because "princesses are sparkly", this might be the series for you.    If *you* chose to coat your skin in glitter because youlove the way it shines, carry on. Because it is all about the choice...more

Princess Proofing (Part One) :: Don't Call Me 'Princess'

Welcome to Princess Proofing 101 ~ there is no prerequisite for this course, and it is open to all parents of girls and boys.  If you are currently dressed in any of the following, by command of the High Princess of your household: tutu, tiara, cape, crown, jewels ~ you should calmly remove them and set them aside.  If you are dressed in any of the above by your own choice, carry on. Because it is all about the choice....more

Princess Proofing :: An Introduction, Of Sorts

Ah, princesses. I was a tomboy, an animal lover, a Little House on the Prairie watcher.  I don’t think I was ever enamoured of princesses as a child.  But then, I didn’t grow up in the current monochromatic pink landscape of today’s commercialized childhood, either.  A landscape where children are marketed to from the cradle, as the Big Companies seek to earn your loyalty from the womb. And I will be frank, it ticks me off. Our children being reduced to little consumers....more

The Most Expensive Time of The Year

It’s that time of year when my inner-childlike wonder gets mocked by commercialism and stuffed in a stocking with fear. I love the holidays because I have an inexplicable love of holiday songs, things that are flocked and glittered, people singing together, meals that start and end with cookies, and the fact that it’s okay to kiss a hot stranger just because someone hung a twig....more

No More Stuff - Give Experiences Instead

Buy this. 25% off. Spend that. Discount this. You need that. Buy 2, get 1 free. Free shipping today only.  Expires tonight. Don’t miss out. Get more stuff. And more stuff. And even more extra-glittery brand new plastic stuff. Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! I can’t stand it!...more

Table For One

This is a post I wrote for MidLife Bloggers about Valentine's Day. ...more

10 Ways to Celebrate a Green and Healthy Valentine's Day

The holiday is approaching so I thought I would write about Valentine's Day because to me, it seems so very commercialized. I decided I would come up with a list of ten ways for couples and single folks alike to celebrate a day that is supposed to be about loving one another, not about buying stuff for one another and eating out at some expensive restaurant. So, here is to a green, healthy valentine's day this year. On Valentine's Day: ...more

A Festivus For The Rest Of Us

I'll never forget the first time I heard George Constanza nervously ramble to his boss about his father Frank's personal holiday, Festivus, a special observation set aside to protest all the mind-numbing, ...more