I just realized how much I miss Google Reader

Looking back, 2009 was one of the most auspicious years of my life. I finished a thesis, earned a Master’s degree, got engaged, launched a blog(!), moved out of state, started a doctoral program, and maintained a long-distance relationship. But you know what I just realized I really miss? Google Reader. Stay with me....more
Karen Ballum Ditto!more

Hippity Dippity Doo Doo | Jen and Men

If you read my blog, you know that I am not exactly the most upbeat person in the world. I’m not a Debbie Downer or anything, but I tend to have a pessimistic or, as I like to call it, a realistic view of what I see around me. I’m sorry that I can’t view a flat tire as an opportunity to be outdoors for a beautiful sunset. I can’t see having a job as a reason not to complain about a terrible commute. And I can’t stop myself from wanting to smack whoever can see the good in horrible situations.That being said, my boyfriend, Mark, and I took our dog, Abel, hiking this weekend. After a two-hour hike to a beautiful lake, I thought, Yes, I can finally rest on the shore and EAT.However, instead of seeing a big, open space and stunning view of the lake I have seen so many times before, I saw what can only be described as a tribe of women. “Why a tribe, Jen? Why not a group?” you might ask. These chicks had lines and symbols painted across their faces and bodies, and they were standing in a circle, chanting. So, yeah, I’m going with “tribe.”...more
I like your writing, but I think you should have skipped the age-ist body-shaming.  "old lady ...more

Trolls, Tribes and Tribulations

This week, I blogged every day. Monday through Friday. I generally blog 3-4 times a week, but this week, was different. I read into my stat analytics and worked in an extra post about trolls. A friend was featured on Scary Mommy, and it gave me a great idea to write about our group. I scrolled through the Twittah (that's how gals from Brooklyn talk sometimes) and was inspired to weigh in on a debate.Lesson learned this week? Ferris Bueller said it best, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."On with the round up!...more
nomorenicegirl Amen to that!more

BlogHer14... Get Ready to Meet the New & Improved Phoenix Tribe!

Last year, a small group of friends from Phoenix attended our very first BlogHer conference. There were three ladies and a pre-teen blogger in the making attending the workshops, socializing with new people and taking it all in.We had the most unimaginable time! So much so, that when we returned, we talked, and talked, and talked... and talked some more about the time that we had....more

BlogHer's Best-Kept Secret

Tucked away in a corner of the BlogHer website is a special page. It’s an exciting page that changes every day. It’s a social page where BlogHer pros, casual BlogHer members, and first-time members all make appearances. When I wake up in the morning, I can never be sure quite what I’m going to find on that page, except I know I’ll find something that will make me laugh and something that will leave me pondering, and I know it’ll be fun.I’m talking about the Chatter page. ...more
So awesome that I found and clicked on this post! I was starting to wonder where my chatter was ...more

Finding my tribe

"The hallmark of the wild nature is that it goes on. It perseveres. This is not something we do. It is something we are, naturally and instinctively." - Clarissa Pinkola Estés...more

Thanks for your comments - which I just noticed now, sorry for the late reply! I have a ...more

Mothers; Find Your Tribe!

Mothers; Find Your Tribe!!Posted on January 3rd  Every woman needs a tribe. Again, I’ll mention my dear friend Marie Seiler. She knows. As one of three girls raised by a single mother, she watched her mother strengthened time and again by other mothers who listened to her when she was frustrated and loved her when she felt no one else did....more

Passover is coming and joy abounds-- or, It takes a village to get anyone through an exodus

Just over 25 years ago I began attending Passover seders at my friends J and E's home. Their sons were just young teens then, and now they are both PhDs with smart and capable wives. One couple has had two children. I have moved away from NYC, but I will drive down to the city so that I can help with the preparations for seder starting Thursday and into Friday. I will be peeling veggies and laughing and basking in the immense joy of my extended family. With the exception of one 85 year old (Catholic) cousin, my entire blood family is dead. So my extended family is my family in every way. ...more

I am just back from my time with my tribe..and it is so refreshing and ...more