Are YOU forgetting to say thank you?

I follow a fantastic page, Abandoned America, on Facebook and decided to purchase his book, Abandoned America, The Age of Consequences by Matthew Christopher. (If interested, you can purchase the book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble online.)After I purchased the book, I noted that he had held previous contests to give away a signed copy of his book. Because his book is so fantastic, I decided to share the love and messaged him to offer to fund a contest giving away another signed copy....more

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find Out What It Means To.. My Teen!

I am always trying not to embarrass my kids.  Really, I am.  I remember all-too-well that everything my parents did when I was in high school made me cringe.  Why is it, then, that it's seems like it's a game to find me at my most embarrassing moments, and FILM them? Here is a picture my oldest son took of us at the Garth Brooks concert. He's 26 and he respects his mama, as he should.  ;)   :...more

Beware Sanctimony, Condescension and Eye-Rolling

Anytime you catch yourself making sad, sighing or disparaging remarks about “them” or “those people” or “kids today…” you are putting yourself in the perilous position of believing you know better.Which you don’t.Even if you clearly DO – you still don’t. Because we can’t get inside people’s minds, we don’t really know what’s best for other people (we’re not even that accurate about predicting what is best for ourselves) and most of all: have you noticed that your disapproval has absolutely ZERO effect?...more

Do You Worry That Friends Will Blog About You?

I laughed along with everyone else about the idea of me using the situation for blog fodder, because that's what I do. Use my life for blog fodder. But the phrase, "and then you're going to blog about it," is much more loaded than anyone who heard it probably realized. ...more
allison.arnone Absolutely. I think as long as you check with them and they give the okay, you ...more

Ask Me A Question

I am a firm believer that if you are putting yourself out there on the internet along with all the other zeros and ones you own it. It being whatever you are putting out there.Take for instance I did a drawing for awesome stuff a few years ago and you know what someone WON It ! I was so happy to be validated that someone actually one) read my blog two) sent me a comment to let me know I am validated while giving away prizes:) ...more

Misogyny Kills

The title of this post and the social media snippet are from Hannah and Horovitz I want to echo:...more

A Path to Peace Through Mutual Respect, Not Agreement

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The Resurrection of Respect

Another change of seasons is here.  It’s Spring.  Getting out and really enjoying the fragrances and colors of spring is invigorating and represents change.  Appreciating the change and all its newness means really being present.  Perhaps lessening the use of technology would enable us to be aware of our surroundings.Here are a few simple examples of civility, respecting the rights of others and simple consideration.  At times, cell phone sensitivity may be applied:...more

Respectfully Standing Up For Yourself

Respectfully Standing Up For Yourself Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.  ~Anne Frank...more

To the Girl Who Wasn't Good Enough

You are the girl that hates to be vunerable, but will never show it, You are the one who would lay down your life for your friends, but are always thinking about how they never do those things for you; The one that needs the most help, but will never ask for it.                you are the one who has been hurt and refuses to be hurt again....more