Take This Pink Ribbon Off My Eyes...

...I'm exposed, and it's no big surprise.I used to think that when I became a parent, I would totally suck. I mean, my mom was limited in her ability to be a good mom, based on a number of things. So what the hell would I know about raising a kid? All I knew was that more than anything, I wanted a daughter.I wanted to teach her to use her voice to command the world. Not just a small corner of it, but the entire world. I wanted to teach her that being a girl is an amazing thing. That she could be anything, do anything, go anywhere....more

Lessons Learned from a First Year of Blogging

I set out to write a blog that was truly candid, but that meant taking risks with where my audience might draw lines, and as I said above, I only started giving a slightly smaller shit what people though t-- I didn't quit caring altogether. So one of the most freeing things I've learned is that, although I keep them in mind, my audience doesn't shape my writing -- I do. ...more

I too am coming up on my 1st year anniversary of blogging and found myself smiling and nodding ...more

Being bilingual delays Alzheimer's symptoms by as many as 5 years

Here's more proof that "use it or lose it" applies to our brains....more

Road Trip

So we got off to a rough start.That's cool. We girls know how to carry on smiling. ...more

Slicker Than Owl Shit and Other Colorful Southern Sayings...

I grew up in the South. I was born in Mississippi, lived for a brief few years in Florida when I was young, moved to Alabama as an teenager, came back to Mississippi for college, moved to Tennessee afterward, and now I've circled back to Mississippi again. Don't get me wrong, I have lived other places for short periods. I have traveled to other parts of the world a few times, and I have loved and appreciated beauty beyond my own backyard, but there is something about the South that always calls me back home....more

More language delays being found in siblings of kids with autism

A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that 1 in 5 siblings (thought to be unaffected by the autism gene) experienced language delays or speech problems early in life. Many female siblings had subtle traits but not many had full-blown autism spectrum disorders. The (new) rate looks like 3 affected boys for every 2 affected girls. In the past, researchers thought it was a 4:1 ratio (boys to girls)....more

How to Write (Better): Five Mistakes That Weaken Your Writing

I'll be the first to say that being a successful freelance writer requires more marketing and business savvy than writing skill. Writing beautiful, flowing prose won't make you much money unless you know how to market yourself, negotiate fee structures and contracts, and keep your editors happy. That's why my blog usually focuses on business strategies for freelancers. ...more
I agree, simple can be better although I find it difficult to make my writing more colorful. ...more

Butt Bumpers

When I was a little girl I remember how I’d spend afternoons in the living room listening to Bette Midler and dancing. I’d look at the record jackets as I sang my heart out; spinning, twirling, performing. My favorite Bette Midler jacket was the drawing of just her face with a huge mane of curly orange hair fanning out around her. ‘Cause you’ve got to have friends…la, la, la, la, la.’, sang Bette. I loved that song then and now 30 years later it keeps popping into my head....more

Perfect Moment Monday: Love in Any Language

My Perfect Moment for this week…Growing up in Canada meant my cereal boxes were bilingual, the main road signs were bilingual, and French was one of the core curriculum subjects from third grade through to ninth grade. Having my son be at minimum bilingual is important, especially in the global village in which we live.My family has a range of cultures. My husband is Hispanic and Spanish is his first language…Continue reading here....more

MySpace and Facebook: How Racist Language Frames Social Media (and Why You Should Care)

Every time I dare to talk about race or class and MySpace & Facebook in the same breath, a public explosion happens. This is the current state of things.  Unfortunately, most folks who enter the fray prefer to reject the notion that race/class shape social media or that social media reflects bigoted attitudes than seriously address what's at stake.  Yet, look around. Twitter is flush with racist language in response to the active participation of blacks on the site. Comments on YouTube expose deep-seated bigotry in uncountable ways. The n-word is everyday vernacular in MMORPGs. In short, racism and classism permeates every genre of social media out there, reflecting the everyday attitudes of people that go well beyond social media. So why can't we talk about it? ...more
I'd say sexism and sexual orientation prejudice are more common and more problematic in current ...more