"Independence is the easy part"

With Independence Day rolling around, I'm thinking about independence and dependence. Webster's notes that "depend" is from the Latin "to hang from"  and so I have wondered does loving, depending mean you have to hang from? In college I was sure depending was a bad thing, a way to lose yourself. Now, I'm not so sure - there's a beauty to depending, and a wonder about being depended on. ...more

BalanceBoost's Independence Issue on Wellness & Green Living

As the Founder of BalanceBoost Wellness & Green Social Network I invite you to read this week's issue of our Weekly Wellness & Green Guide featuring Blogs on Independence and Politics. Click here to read Our Independence Guide.  Here are the highlights: ...more


Yesterday we went to the Folklife Festival at the National Mall. We decided to go before the sweltering hot days of July get here. It was fun. We had Bhutanese food and enjoyed the exhibits. ...more

9-year-old Rides Subway Alone: Is Mom a Hero or an Abuser?

Lenore Skenazy is a terrible mother. At least -- that's what her opponents would tell you. Skenazy is a columnist for the New York Sun, a New Yorker, a mother, and someone who let her 9-year-old son ride the subway home alone. She wrote a column about the experience, and then subsequently appeared with her son on the Today Show to discuss the experience: ...more

Are you currently, and actively, parenting? Because if you aren't, you don't have a bet ...more

Standing On Your Own Two Feet

You Can CHOOSE What You Want or You Can Let Life Happen to You ...more

I am at a point right now, where this IS my life. That point where you step back and analyze ...more

The Single Woman's Ultimate Declaration of Independence

Well, I finally went and did it. I've taken the plunge! ...more

I think your declaration of bling-dependence is AWESOME!! There's a certain gal in my close ...more

India, Pakistan turn 60: Who are we?

Pakistan and India have turned 60. On August 14 (Pakistan) and 15 (India), the two countries celebrated six decades of independence from the British (and each other, following a bloody partition). ...more