We've Always Done It That Way

Restaurants can poise a particular problem for folks who are gluten-sensitive.  I recently attended an annual banquet held at a local restaurant. We've been going there for the last 10+ years because of the location, good food, and low cost. The last couple of years, we've added a meal choice of a gluten-free meal (thank goodness). Our group now includes several seniors and others needing gluten-free food....more

The Intimidation of Blogging

I've been playing mental hacky sack with the idea of starting a blog for a long time. Years, infact. Like, since high school. I've started a couple, on different sites, and just haven't been able to keep up with them. It's not that I don't have enough ideas to manage one or anyhting, it's just that it's so gosh darn intimidating....more
I keep this quote in my sidebar: "Each time I hit the publish button, it is with a delicate ...more

I Guess What I'm Trying to Say Is That I'm Tired of Feeling Intimidated to Write On My Own Blog

I still remember the first time I found "blogs."  I had followed a link from a weight watchers chat room. The blog was written by a woman named Melly. Ordinary Morning, was the name of the blog.  It was 2001.  It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen on the Internet. ...more

I haven't posted anything on Table for Five since last Friday, and I used to post almost every ...more

Ah, BlogHer

Ah, BlogHer. I must say, I find you fascinating. Fascinating and completely intimidating. There are women here writing on actual, intelligent topics. Whereas my blog deals heavily in poop. I love my blog. I struggle with ideas and topics. What I want my tone to be or what to post on which days. ...more

BlogHer is probably one of the only places online where I haven't been trolled. Surprisingly, ...more

Staying Grounded in the Face of Big Clients or Big Money

Do you feel intimidated in the face of powerful clients or big money? Have you ever changed your policies or compromised your mode of operation to accommodate a client or employer because they were affluent or yielded power? If you have, you've sold yourself short because of a hidden (or sometimes not so hidden) intimidation factor that happens when you stand in the face of a seemingly powerful force. ...more

As I learned from my parents -- we all put our pants on one leg at a time.  So early on ...more

New eBook Helps You Identify the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse Before It Becomes Physical

Recognizing intimate partner abuse is the first step to arresting it before it spirals out of control. However, when you’re in an abusive relationship and you're part of the dynamic, it's not possible to see the enigma as a whole. You see its details, but it's difficult to see the dynamic as a whole. Those in this situation may feel its many facets and know its ugly branches of verbal abuse, emotional abuse, mental abuse and psychological abuse. But the full enigma often eludes and confuses many people until they are domestic violence survivors. ...more