Cat Colony on the Bluff

Fog socked in the bay, the first hint that the end of summer might be near. Jogging along the path that hems the bluffs, I repeated thankful prayers that the heat might finally be ending. All the talk of pumpkins and colored leaves would no longer make me angry once the heavy blanket of summer temperatures lifted.As I approached the familiar faded sign threatening a $500 fine for anyone who abandons a domestic animal, a moving shape in the brush caught my eye. Slowing down to a walk, I recognized the leonine gait and tiger stripes of a cat....more

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Hate Letter Sent to Mother of Autistic Child

While the intent of Laughing Mom is to take a lighthearted break from the challenges of parenting, every now and again I come across a current event piece that just can't go by unnoticed. I suspect my Canadian readers will already have seen this as it has been getting a lot of press this side of the border. Imagine: You are the mother of 13-year-old Maxwell. He enjoys visiting his grandmother and jumping on her trampoline. One day, you receive this (anonymous) letter in the mail. ...more
That is disgusting. Aside from all the hate spewed, I fail to see how living in an ordinary ...more

Bankruptcy for Robert Kennedy Publishing?!

Day's that something exciting arrives in the mail are pretty few and far between around here, but there's one thing I always look forward to- the day my Oxygen magazine arrives! I'm sure it sounds rather lame, but after four weeks I find myself craving the next issue. Unlike any other women's fitness magazine I've come across, it's well worth it's weight in paper; its pages are consistently packed with challenging workouts, useful information, and decent recipes....more

I Went to High School With Charles Ramsey, Cleveland's New Hero

I went to high school with Charles Ramsey, one of the men credited for helping to rescue Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, three Cleveland women who had been missing for 10 years. We didn't know each other as students at Charles F. Brush High School, even though we graduated the same year. It was only after fellow high school classmates posted on Facebook this week that I learned our lives had intersected then. ...more
So let me guess. You loved Cleveland, Ohio but decided to move to my beloved State of California ...more

Did Feminism Say Women Could Have It All? Not Really

Can women – or men, for that matter – have it all? As a hope-to-one-day-be-a-working-mom, I’m wading into this Internet debate. I just can’t help myself. Aside from my firm conviction that “having it all” is an objectionable phrase that should have been retired almost as soon as it came into fashion, I also find this ongoing conversation to be, well, how can I put this? Silly. Not because there’s not a problem here – there is – but because the “solutions” proposed by the parade of working-mothers in glossy magazines are inadequate and incomplete. ...more
We need to teach our girls AND boys about feminism, the Equal Rights Amendment, etc. It is ...more

Constitutional Rights - Duncan and the .410 ...more

What? Pope Benedict XVI Is Stepping Down

Have you seen the news today? The Pope quit. A short little sentence, but one of huge historical importance.A Pope hasn't resigned since 1415. 1415...almost seven hundred years ago!!! The amount of time since the last occurrence is just mind-boggling....more
Hey there, Jerrilynn! I am not Catholic, either, but like you, I always find the pomp and ...more

Aaron Swartz Makes me think of MLK in weird kind of Way!

I read a blog post about Aaron Swartz.  A young gentleman I knew nothing about until he killed himself at the tender age of 26.  I read the blog post on Blogher written by Virginia DeBolt “News and Comments About the Suicide of Aaron Swartz.”   because of his age.  Whenever you have a child close to that age, my oldest son is 24, it kind of shakes you.  I sat and cried.  I cried for his loved ones.  I imagined their questions and heartbreak.  Suicide has to be the w...more
@Lucy's Reality  Thank you, Amiga. Sometimes I get it right. I have been known for mixing up my ...more