Speak even if your voice is a whisper...

There have been so many times I tried to be heard. I open my mouth to speak and nothing comes out. My face is flushed as frustration runs through me. "Hello, did you Hear ME?"...more

I Didn't Look Like Me: Where Does Feminine Come From?

And the part that caused me to literally choke up? I didn't look the least bit feminine. I didn't look like me. Or at least the image of me that I had of me in my head. The one that I thought that the world was seeing. I think I thought the world was seeing some sort of Earth Mother type. Amazon Woman type. Round and red. But seeing the image of me through the lens of a stranger proved otherwise. ...more
I know this is an old article, but I just found it today.  This has happened to me, more times ...more

Tosca Reno's Personal Revolution - Women Over 35 Allowed

You’ve probably heard of Tosca Reno. She is the author of the Eat Clean Diet....more

3 Thought-tips for Refuting the question: "Am I Doing It Right?"

Disclosure: I struggle with this still. But here's the thing. Look at the question behind the question: The deeper question? it's a permission thing. Am I allowed to own my individual take? Am I allowed to do it (whatever 'it' is) the way I think it oughta be done? I hear you. I've asked this. A lot. I've asked this with regard to professional life and personal life. I've asked this in regard to everything. Is this right? Should it look like this? What do I really think?...more

But For The Grace Of God Go I

I saw a man today begging for change at an intersection.  I witnessed the looks that people gave him, or I should say the way that most people attempted to avoid looking in his general direction.  As he stood there, with his head held up to ask the cars passing by for change, with his cup held in his hand you could see the pride. Not everyone has what it takes to ask someone to spare a dime.  It was when the cars continued to pass him by that you could see his face start to fall, knowing that at that moment society was ignoring him....more

The blessing is in the gift. What they choose to do with the gift is up to them. I usually give, ...more

Before Her Time

Mrs. Jordan was our next door neighbor during my years of growing up in Edgevale.  She was also the mother of my childhood best friend.  Her daughter Jenny and I, though close, were as different as night and day in how we looked and behaved.  Jenny was tan and blonde and I was fair and brunette.  When we were out together, people frequently assumed I was Mrs....more

So Many Unemployed

http://www.unemployedwoman.com Everywhere I go I am hearing about more and more people out of work.  Some of the stories are really sad and break my heart.  So many people are struggling and living one day at a time.  Although I am also unemployed I still consider myself lucky because my husband has a job.  I also feel like all of us out of work have to look out for each other.  I pass along any tips or jobs I see to my friends and they do the same for me.  Networking is the most important thing today. ...more

Why Raising Awareness through Sexism Isn't Actually Beneficial to Anyone: the Facebook Breast Cancer Memes

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with the start of the month comes the deluge of pink reminders peering at us from everywhere from grocery stores to online ads.  Much has been written on the idea of using commercial products painted pink as a sign of supporting breast cancer research; I am not fully opposed to the idea, insofar as the money that is actually donated to research funds.  What I am concerned about is what these attempts at awareness say about the women of our culture....more

Ila's Personal Safety Alarms

Fear mongering is certainly not the goal of this post. But, as mentioned in a previous article, personal safety is something that we should all take seriously and we have to be smart enough to educate ourselves on the subject....more

Everyone Can Save

http://www.unemployedwoman.com I have been a great saver since I was a kid.  When I hear that people do not know how to save/budget I can not believe it because it comes naturally to me.  I read something the other day about needs vs wants and I think this may have something to do with it.  People, especially adults, have to have discipline and can not have everything they want.  I read that if you want something over $100 think about it for 24 hours and most likely you will forget about it by the next day. ...more