Lisa Owen

Lisa Owen is a writer and blogger at My So Called Glamorous Life: The Adventures of a Domestic Engineer ( and has been a featured blogger on  She is a mother/step-mother in a blended family with five children ages 23 to 6. Lisa has a B.S. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University and spent 15 years working as a corporate/transatctional paralegal for law firms and corporations before becoming a SAHM and pursuing her passion for writing.  

I Was Racially Profiled and This is What I Did

This morning, after I dropped the girls off at school, I donned my mom uniform (jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops, purse and sunglasses) and went out to run some errands. I needed to get them done and get home before noon because this weekend has the potential to be just ridiculously crazy-busy. I need to get prepared. So, off I went.       ...more
David Harley   I once (8 or 9 years ago) was seated next to a woman from Canada, by way ...more

In Grandma's Footsteps


A Few Thoughts on: Education, Gwyneth Paltrow and World Vision

Things were very quiet here on the blog last week.  I was around but, I was quite crazy from a lack of sleep due to my 7 - year - old's month-long bout with insomnia.  As you can imagine, when your child can't get to sleep or stay asleep, you don't get to sleep much either.  Some nights we slept a total of two hours and by last week it had all caught up with me.  I was pretty much incapable of carrying on a conversation for longer than five minutes so, obviously writing blog posts was out of the question. ...more

Born Strong

Ladies, while growing up and expected to be "the weaker sex" , at what point did you feel strong and what made you feel that way?  I'm paraphrasing but, that was the question that author, college professor and fellow blogger Rebecca Hains asked her readers recently on her Facebook page.  After giving it some thought I discovered that this is a harder question to answer than I thought it should be, but I couldn't figure out why.  Why couldn't I think of when I felt that it was okay to be strong or that moment that made me feel strong? ...more
Barbarahughes  I think most of us grow into our strength later in our lives particularly after ...more

Nelson Mandela Dies at Age 95: We Will Remember His Legacy

[Editor's Note: South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 on December 5, 2013. His legacy of non-violent action for racial equality will be remembered as it was by Lisa Owen, who wrote this beautiful post earlier this year when Mandela was admitted to the hospital. --Grace] ...more
It's one of the saddest day in history. He will be remembered always as a man who devoted his ...more

Why Does That Black Girl Have a White Doll?

Recently I was in the airport with my family when something happened that really bothered me. So much so that now I have to talk about it, because that's what I do, I talk about stuff. Especially stuff that bothers me. My daughters, Thing 1 and Thing 2, were with me and, as usual, each of them had brought along one of their dolls as a traveling companion. This is one of the dolls that was along for the trip: ...more
Tommie Was her uncle racist, then? I probably would have acted the same way... cabbage patch ...more

Thirty-Nine Days

Photo Credit:   Yes, I'm counting the days until school starts, but not for the reasons that you may think. ...more

Words May Hurt, But Intentions Matter

First, I have a story to tell you. Last night, the evening of the 4th of July, some friends of ours stopped by to pick up their daughter who had spent the day with us. For the sake of this story, we will call them Bob and Sue. As usual, Bob, Sue, Big Poppa and I ended up sitting around chatting when Sue told a story about meeting Bob's elderly aunt for the first time before she and Bob got married some years back....more
This past weekend was a big fight with my husband.  I was a bridesmaid in my friends wedding and ...more

It's Not Just About Trayvon Martin

Editor's update, 7/13/13: A Florida jury today acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges in Trayvon Martin's death. We'll be monitoring reaction and pointing you to must-reads, and encourage you to share your reaction as well. -- Julie ...more
@flextime Unfortunately bias, racism and hate are universal traits shared liberally. We see ...more

Inspire Me

photo credit: I have been sitting here at my computer for hours trying to come up with something ...more