Tracey Murnane

I am a working woman, with 2 awesome kids and a great husband. We live with one very neurotic dog in a too small house amid a garden gone wild. I spend my day working amid books, and really? Awesome! I began blogging as an outlet for the noise in my head, to write more, and learn more. So far, it hasn't let me down. Plus I get the added benefit of reading the writing of truly super people.
In 2009, I took a chance and ran for my local school district Board of Education to impact the direction of our schools, remove local politics from the education board and show my kids that being involved in community is important. It has been a tremendously rewarding experience so far despit the continual influence of local politics.
I didn't attend college and some days I regret that.
Once I when I was running late to an event, I literally ran into Matthew Modine as I turned a corner. He's really cute up close & personal.

Preparing Teens to Take the Driver's Wheel

In August my son will be 16 and the proud new owner of a driver’s permit. Turning my son loose onto the busy streets is a harrowing thought. Do I trust him? Yes. Do I see him clearly as a teenage boy who will revel in this new found freedom and stretch the rules more than he should? Yes. Do we speak to him ad nauseum about driver safety and the responsibility of driving? Yes. Is it enough? Never....more

Hi Victoria,

Sometimes it's the bare knuckled advice that sticks the longest. The bold in ...more

Where This Woman Creates (Really)

I'm often intrigued by the immaculate photos I see of people's homes and workspaces perfectly staged and decorated. Do people actually live that way? I wonder. It's too easy to compare other people's picture-perfect to my own life-in-progress and find myself lacking. Some sites I don't even read anymore, because I don't come away inspired -- I come away feeling like an inferior human being. ...more

No matter what I do I can't seem to control the clutter. It's part of who we are.

I write, ...more

Welcome to a Month of Movies! What Are Your All-Time Top 5 Films?

To kick off a Month of Movies on BlogHer, Editor Morgan Shanahan shares her top 5 -- okay, maybe 8 -- films of all time. What are yours?...more

Picking just five is tough.

1 - The Lion in Winter - Peter O'Toole and Kathering Hepburn says ...more

A Call for the End of Birthday Party Presents

Having my kids attend birthday parties is a budget item in my life – one that is expensive, and annoying, and time consuming. And so, I make a call for the end of having to buy other kids birthday presents. Below, I have drafted an email that I plan to send to any parent who invites my child to a birthday party, effective immediately. Feel free to use this email in your own social circles. I like providing useful tools like this to my friends....more

Can I use this for the rash of Sweet 16 parties my son has been invited to recently? For one, ...more

Ten Empowering Christmas Gifts for Girls

When shopping for my kids this year, I was amazed at the kids' aisles of toys. It's the same thing. Boys' toys are all about building, creating, battling, teaching assertiveness and using intelligence. The girls' toys are all about teaching them nurturing and homemaking, beauty and vanity. And I am just appalled by these toys and the meanings behind them. Here is a list of toys that will foster personal growth, curiosity, intelligence, and creativity you can share with your favorite girls this Christmas. ...more

I agree. I was so against the princess/barbie/pink deluge when my daughter was young, but ...more

She vs. Her: Should You Check Email Over the Holidays?

Welcome to She vs. Her -- where we ask two bloggers with different perspectives to make their case. This week: BlogHer cofounders Elisa Camahort Page and Lisa Stone on whether to check email over the holidays. ...more

Love the She vs Her!

Alright, mostly disconnect.

I try to stay away from excessive email ...more

Week 2: Explore BlogHer.com and Win an iPad!

Last week we invited you to take a look around our redesigned homepage. We love the feedback you gave us and now we'd like to share some of our features beyond the homepage. And, since we are still in a jolly giving mood, this week we want to give you a chance to win an iPad! ...more

I've been on Blogher for over a year now and I haven't fully taken advantage of all the ...more

Buying an E-Reader? Some Things You Need to Consider First

If you are considering buying yourself or someone you love an e-book reader, I'm sure you've seen articles that declare that one e-reader is better than another. The truth is that none of the e-readers that those articles are talking about are bad, it's just that some e-book readers are a better fit for some people. When you set out to purchase an e-reader you need to ask yourself lots of questions so you can figure out what kind of e-book reader you are before you buy. I'm not going to tell you which e-reader you should buy, but I'm going to tell you what you need to think about before you buy it. ...more

I've been on the fence about a dedicated e-reader. More and more nudges me in the nookColor ...more

The Bloggess and Her Christmas Miracle

A few days ago I put up a post offering $30 gift cards to the first twenty people who didn’t know how they were going to give their kids Christmas gifts this year. They went frighteningly quickly. When I got to the twentieth person, I saw that there were still a few more people who needed help and my heart sunk. Then a few comments in, one person said, “I’ll take care of the 21st person”. Then another person offered a card for the 22nd. Then another. Then it avalanched. ...more

I truly believe, despite my cynical demeanor, that people are inherently kind and giving.
What ...more