Have Parents Forgotten How to Host?

In front of me in line stood a harried professional looking forty-something mother, her tween, her teen and her teen daughter's friend.Teen daughter and tween daughter order. Mother orders. Mother pays for her spawn, and ignores the daughters' friend....more
Oh my gosh. I almost cried watching this incident go down. I have never had anything like this ...more

Business Leadership: Leading with Social Responsibility

Over the last several years that I've been working with business owners, entrepreneurs and those seeking to begin their own businesses, there seems to have been an underlying theme revolving around leadership....more

Commenting on News

So I had a sort of personal experience with a newsworthy event. There was a rather traumatic automobile accident a few towns away on this past Friday evening. Because someone I know was a first responder to the accident I have been following the news story on various news websites. I find it very interesting that readers can comment on news stories even before all the information relevant to the story has been released....more

If there is one thing none of us are lacking in, it is opinion. Most often we are observers, but ...more

That Poops Me Off - Part 2

Cont'd...from That Poops Me Off! - Part 1 ...more

Is H&M Alone?

It takes a lot to rile me up, but a New York Times article outlining the wasteful behavior of H&M did it instantly. In case you haven't heard, a New York City H&M store was discovered to be destroying unsold clothing, including coats and gloves. The articles weren't damaged items, they were good condition items that for whatever reason simply had not sold....more

It does sound like a pretty ridiculous and wasteful process, to be shredding good clothes. ...more

It Takes a Village to Create a Monster

My kindergartener Mali has become openly rude and defiant. To me, to other parents, to teachers, to other children. It's not just upsetting, it's horrifying. I blame you. ...more

I'm glad my blog post resonated with you; I think you make an excellent point in ...more

My Child Has Autism and I Vaccinate

Have you or would you ever let your children travel by airplane? If your answer is "yes," then you should re-examine any concerns about vaccinating your children. Both flying and vaccination carry real risks, but those risks are statistically unlikely to affect your family. I know it's more complicated than that, so keep reading. I also understand the fear behind not vaccinating, as I've been there myself. I clearly remember the stone age of 2003: my two-year-old son was newly diagnosed with autism, and I was desperate to help him. ...more

It sounds as though your kids have a rare reaction to the MMR vaccine. All the more reason why ...more

Do You Give Good Blog?

There are a lot of ways to change the world. Because, face it: bringing about any of kind of change is best effected incrementally. You don't just set off one morning to run a marathon; you put on running shoes, you do some stretching, you run around the block, you come home and then you keep repeating, running longer and faster with every new attempt. Likewise with changing the world: it's the little incremental steps that do the trick. If we set out to just all of a sudden force a transformation, we wouldn't be very successful. Also, we'd probably get really bad cramps. ...more

 Kathi, that is beautiful, awesome and it shows me the power of people when they direct with ...more

Lost

This one will take as long as it takes, but it’s important. A few nights ago, my doorbell rang and I opened the door to find a few adults standing there, along with a little girl and a dog. “Do you know who this girl belongs to? I found her wandering by herself by the mailboxes,” one of my neighbors asked. ...more

powerful stuff. she was lucky to go to your house. as I am to read ...more

Fair Trade Month - How YOU Can Help

Basic Principles of Fair Trade• Fair price: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit. continue reading at - http://www.gatheringhome.com/2008/10/fair-trade-mont.html ...more