Lessons from a Little Girl

lessons from a little girlPosted on October 14, 2014 by Becky TountasMy toddler daughter Emma copies everything I do....more

A Life Full of Anti-Role Models

In moments of discouragment and depression when I am about to give up on my dreams and hopes, I tend to look around me for a source of inspiration. I am lucky enough to find that in other women around me, although not in the form I want it. I would love to know a woman (I know she is out there) who is independent and succesful in the medical field against all odds, like I want to be one day. Someone Antonia Novello style, respected in her field in REAL life. ...more
i think it's so unfortunate that we have to think we can only look at celebrities for role ...more

Thank You Carole King

Carole King - Tapestry, a photo by Piano Piano! on Flickr....more

5 Things Parents Shouldn't Do When It Comes to Drinking

Lisa FrederiksenThe following post, originally appearing May 3, 2011 on Decoder at The Partnership at DrugFree.org, received 11 new comments from young people, today, so I thought it worth sharing here...“If you’re going to drink, just don’t drive.”“At least when I host the party and take away the keys, I know they’re safe.”...more

"Raising Hope" on Fox: The Mom as my Role Model

I responded to a question on a blog this morning (I put that blog's link below, it's a good one) about "role model" moms as characters on TV shows.  Here is my suggestion: This is going to be a really strange suggestion for a female 'role model' - I'm even thinking it's strange, but here goes...  I really appreciate the mom on "Raising Hope", that really crude new show on Fox.  (that I watch)   Here's what I appreciate about that mom, in no particular order:   1.  She loves and stands by her worthless husband.   ...more

Reason one: Why I should never try to be a Role Model

Being a parent is a responsible job, which is why I take it seriously some of the time. The way I see it, it's my role to ensure she is equipped with all the skills needed to turn her into a rounded adult (rounded as in 'skills' not 'body shape'). ...more

Entering a 20 minute video in a film festival takes 20 hours

I submitted an entry for the DC Shorts Film Festival. The maximum length the video is allowed to be is twenty minutes. It took me by complete surprise how much time was required to fill out the entry form. First they asked for a 125 word pitch. Which I expected they would. Then they wanted a 250 word synopsis. Out of the 90 minutes of movie that currently exists (which was cut down from 112 minutes of webisode footage), I have to cut out at least seventy minutes. The final product isn’t due until May, thus, I haven’t decided yet exactly which footage stays and what goes....more

Dear Barbie

Dear Barbie,Now that I am an adult, there are a few things I think you should know.I always wanted to be like you. You had the perfect body, bright eyes, shiny hair, and millions of admirers. I thought you were what it meant to be a woman....more

I was fascinated by Barbie growing up. My mother banned Barbie in the house b/c of the very ...more

Motherly Advice

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  ~Anne Frank   If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.  ~Mother Teresa   ...more