Though I had a cold, I was going strong on Monday. I did seven loads of laundry and accomplished a ton on my work to-do list. On Monday night, the little angel ended up in my bed coughing in my ear from 3-6 am ....more
Whether you're in an intimate office or a cubicle farm, it's fun to recognize your favorite co-workers with a little something. Here are some suggestions from useful to tongue-in-cheek.
South African anti-apartheid activist and former president Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 on December 5, 2013. I think I'll remember what I was doing when I heard for the rest of my life. Nelson Mandela was one of those. I could talk about his life and his legacy, but we know. We remember. We learned about him. Now, let's take a moment to remember him, together, no matter which country we are in across the globe. As a people. Nelson Mandela reminded us with his life that we are one people. ...more
I looked down at the manuscript on my lap, shuffled among the multiplication flashcards and the book on surviving any disaster. We'd just read about how to defend oneself against lowland gorillas, which I doubt we'll ever see in Missouri. "Mama, do you ever feel like you should be doing something that you aren't?" she asked ....more
Nobody wants their loved ones to be in pain. Why not give what will give your honey or your mom or your best friend lasting relief? Here are seven gifts to ease ailments from carpal tunnel to knee pain to migraines. ...more
This week my friend Pauline Campos approached me about participating in her #BodyThanks Twitter party on Monday night at 8 pm CT and donating a copy of THE OBVIOUS GAME, since Diana struggles mightily with body image and anorexia in my novel. I said yes, and I'm excited for the conversation....more
[Editor's Note: ED trigger alert]Last week, the misogynist-troll website Return of Kings published 5 Reasons to Date a Girl with an Eating Disorder, by a writer named Tuthmosis. When I first read the post, I thought surely it was written ironically. (Of course, I also thought that the first time I heard the lyrics to Blurred Lines.) The “reasons” included hot thinness, cheapness to date, and wildness in the sack. ...more
Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Where September 11 changed my world, JFK's assassination changed the world of my parents. Shootings -- whether they're assassinations of political figures or the all-too-prevalent school shootings that continue to punctuate the news -- bring about questions. Why? What was the shooter thinking? Did the shooter's parents have any inkling their kid would grow up to be a murderer?...more