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.
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, 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.
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.
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
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
Since Les Miserables, the movie, has come out, everyone I know is in a fever about the musical and the story. It’s a wonderful story, full of hope and tragedy and stirring music, and it’s one I’ve loved for many, many years. Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about why everyone appears to dislike Cosette, the pretty blonde girl who gets the guy in the story, and love Eponine, the spurned “friend-zoned” waif who pines after the leading man....more
Recently, an article posted on CNN ran with the headline, "Female Senators Say They'd Already Have the Fiscal Cliff Solved." There was near unanimity among the female Senators today that they’d be able to broker a deal faster themselves. “What I find is with all due deference to our male colleagues,is that women’s styles tend to be more collaborative,” Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said. ...more
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