Family Meetings

Every member of your family has a right to have his or her opinions respected. You don’t have to agree or go along with what your child wants, but you should at least know what it is, and your child should know why you're overriding his or her preferences. Regular family meetings, where everyone including the children expresses feelings, negative and positive, and all of you work together to solve problems, can help a lot....more

Seriously, people are pissing me off.

I just read a blog post from someone who put the link on facebook, and I am APPALLED.It was something about a "hate cake" and "making it okay for your kids to hate you".I'm not saying I disagree with that part - celebrate it with a cake, do what I did and laugh and say that's okay, I love you anyway, or shout I HATE YOU TOO - whatever works for you. But what this 15 year old girl said to her mother was "YOU FUCKING BITCH, I HATE YOU!" Say WHAT? ...more

Stop Inviting My Kid to Church: Religion Is Not for Children

Recently, a few of Miss N's friends have been sincerely inviting her to church. This part will be touchy for people who do not believe the same as we do and I respect that; I'll raise my kids and you can raise yours. I do not think religion is for children. I think that they should be exposed to the beliefs of all people, and while I will tell my children "this is what Mommy and Daddy believe," I do not expect her to believe the same thing. I'll ask Miss N what she thinks -- and she has some really amazing thoughts on the matter -- but I will not tell her she is wrong if she disagrees with me about the big beliefs....more
Can I print this up as a flyer and give it to people who want to have the same conversation with ...more

Loving Each Other

John  15:9-15...more

Please be kind

     Ok, I’m going to vent a little bit, ladies!     I teach English at our local community college, and I was out for two classes this past week. A colleague and dear friend of mine offered to substitute for me so that my students would not lose two days of class time. We thoroughly covered my lessons, and she was off to teach.     All is well in the neighborhood, right?     Wrong....more
Oh my goodness :(  That is terrible!  more

We, Too, Are Worthy

Every writer knows that getting the attention and respect of editors, publishers, agents, and readers can be hard. It take a lot of work, a lot of patience, and a lot of heart. But what about from the people you're close to? Your friends, people you work with, or even your own family? Sometimes those who should support us most look at us as if we're alien creatures when we say that we're writers and need private time, alone time, quiet time to gather all that silly wool we spin into words....more

Dear Dr. Romance: I Had to Pay for Everything

Dear Dr Romance: I recently met a divorced Russian woman with her teenage old son while on vacation, we spent a lot of time together. I enjoyed their company very much. We keep seeing each other and I recently spent 4 days at her lavish home in the United States....more

Thanks. I Feel So Much Better Now.

There was something that really got under my skin today. It wasn't having to walk to public transportation to walk to the school which we had an appointment at for Charlie's evaluation and transition from early intervention into the school system. It wasn't the fact that it started raining the second we stepped outside of the school and we got soaked getting back home. Or having to watch Charlie pull the hood of the stroller over his head while saying "help me pig. help me" during that wet trip home. It wasn't even the everyday chaos that surrounds getting both kids and myself. up....more

My Horse is Too Sensitive (Part One.)

“My horse is really sensitive. He isn’t a just a Quarter Horse, you know. He needs special handling.”When I hear something like this, I always peer around the barn to see if anyone else looks like their head is about to explode.  Is she saying that any idiot can ride an ordinary horse, but a sensitive horse should be afforded special consideration?...more
I hadn't run into the negative connotations with using 'sensitive' to describe particular ...more

I Am No Longer Giving it Away for Free

I have made it no secret around here that I love me some Carrie Bradshaw.  I own Seasons 1-4 of Sex and the City, oh and The Movie. (Not SatC 2, nobodyowns SatC 2). I love Carrie and the girls....more
I totally agree. I have blogged for years in the Occult field and have written much content for ...more