Summer Essentials: SPF and These Fantastic Books

One of my favorite columns to write is my annual summer reading list.  This summer I decided to ask the authors on my reading list what book they would recommend.  I assured them that they shouldn’t feel like they should mention my book, Finding Mr. Righteous, because I would include it on the list.   I assume they all sighed with relief.On to the rest of the list…...more

Nepal Earthquake: How You Can Help Pushpa Basnet and Homeless Children

As I'm sure you've seen in the news, the country of Nepal recently experienced its worst earthquake in history. The death toll is over 4,600 and thousands more have been injured, displaced or lost their homes....more
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Retirement Seems Like a Whole Lotta Work

I was never one of those little girls who dreamed of my wedding day, who cut out pictures from magazines and scribbled ideas in my diary. There would be a wedding and then there would be children. A boy and then a girl. That much I knew with certainty. The hows and wheres were always a bit vague. But as fuzzy as those details were, the post-wedding, post-raising-of-the-children years appear to be fuzzier still....more

Things That Made Me Go "Hmm..." - Week 19

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It's International Women's Day Again?

 On-line today, on most websites and blogs, people are talking about International Women’s Day. As  a child I don’t remember having so many days. Heart health day, Cupcake day, Ice cream day, Grandparents day, Chocolate day, Jello day, French fry day; the list goes on and on and they add to it every year.Instead of all these “days” how about we just decide to do the following:...more

Things that made me go, "Hmm..." - Week 18

Okay, so… for this week’s post I received help from…NO ONE. Thanks a lot, Bloggity Peeps. Good thing I’m on top of it, otherwise, all ya’ll would be missing out on one heck of an awesome post. YOU’RE WELCOME, BLOGOSPHERE…So, without further adieu, (Ooh… there I go, gettin’ all fancy again…) here’s what made me go, “Hmm…” this week....more

It's Not About the Dress

My office is like your office. We were talking about The Dress on Friday.(No matter how you look at it, it’s still just a dress.)...more

The Face of Childhood Communicable Diseases

From time to time, I get sucked into the mommy wars about vaccines.  "Are you pro-vaccines? or anti-vaccines?"  and then of course there are all of the stereotypes that go with each label.This was a big week for that since the big measles outbreak in Disneyland.  What tickles me to death though are the moms who eloquently write about how dire the childhood disease of measles, mumps, pertussis and chicken pox were - how children were at death's door or severely disfigured by these diseases....more

5 Things to Do Before You Share on Social Media

We all may not agree on much in this world, but I'm sure we can pretty much agree on this: EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE. Literally, everything. Has this not been one of the worst years in recent memory for violence, death, terrorism, and just overall shittiness? As a result, we're all going on the Internet to share our opinions on all the horrible things. People from different backgrounds and with different beliefs are taking to social media to essentially participate in the broader conversations and speak their mind about everything that's going on. And that's fine. With exceptions. ...more
baddestmotherever right?!  I can't tell you how many times I've gone online in the past 2-3 days ...more

Word of Advice: Don't Discuss Controversial Current Events Topics With Your Family Over the Holidays

Ah, the holidays. A joyous time of year spent with loved ones; eating delicious food, giving and receiving generous gifts, listening to seasonal tunes and arguing with your family about hot-button political issues.Wait, what?Listen. I'm all for a healthy debate and voicing your opinions on current events and controversial topics. I think it's important to take a stand on something and to believe in a cause and to want to have a discussion with your peers, regardless if they agree with you or not....more
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