Thanksgiving Now & Then

With Thanksgiving coming, I wonder if it is the same now as it was then. Families getting together as one big family sharing their lives, interests, feelings, forgiving if need be and of course, dinner. That one special dinner that everyone can hardly wait for. A BIG turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, beans, cranberry sauce, homemade bread or rolls, and PUMPKIN PIE with whipped cream! Do all people still share this sentimental scene of days gone by?...more

Top Turkey Day Tips for Real Moms

There’s a chill in the air, a blaze of color in the leaves and a slew of baking items on every retail endcap. Ah yes, ‘tis the holiday season. And whether you’re hosting your entire family or going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, the holidays require tips – lots and lots of tips....more

Who's On Your Fridge? On Your Desk? In Your Heart?

I was standing in my parents' kitchen eating cereal and staring into space, as I do, when my eyes landed on the refrigerator - and more specifically, the pictures on it.And the magnets, and the invitations, and the um, business card for a particular blog that no one reads because I think they still think there's a secret password to get in and hey, who am I to correct that notion? But mostly it's the photos....more

A beautiful photograph of your grandmother's hands.

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The Gonzales Family

Sharing some memorable and not-so-memorables stories of our life together.  A day in the LIFE of us!...more

I'm brand new!  I feeel lost in this virtual yet very real world of extraordinary women ...more

Happy Holidays?

When I was a wee one I counted down the days to my birthday and Christmas.  It was great that my birthday fell so close to Christmas on November 19th.  It was like I had a whole gift season.  Not to mention I was the only child in my family (not counting some very distant cousins), can you imagine the gifts?  Thanksgiving was great too, my aunt and uncle would drive up from Pennsylvania and we'd all spend the days together....those were the good old days. ...more

I grew up in a family that didn't do a holiday gathering THING. My parents lived both far ...more

Surviving Holidays with the In-Laws through Camp

My partner has never spent a single Christmas away from her mother.  In the contest between making my eighty-something-year old mother-in-law hate me and doing Christmas in my own preferred, low-key way...well, it was no contest....more

This is really great.  My family has a combination between the two and I need to ...more

Things Aren't Always As They Seem

Things Aren't Always What They Seem ...more

Our Daughters' Hair Length: Let the Armchair Psychoanalysis Begin

My daughter's hair is crazy long. Like past-her-waist long. People ask me all the time if I've ever cut it (she had a bob when she was two and gets it cut every few months) and if it's hard to take care of (heck, yes). You see, I don't make her cut until it fails the toilet test.You read that right. ...more
Karen Ballum  You have gorgeous hair, I hope you are keeping it long. My mom took my sister and ...more

It takes a village......

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Ditto to your story. I was the same way growing up in a small town in Thailand. I remembered ...more

Violence UnSilenced - Maggie Dammit Talks about Domestic Violence and How We Can Help

Today is the last day of October and of Domestic Violence Awareness month. Obviously in what I would believe to be a better world such an observance would be completely unnecessary....more
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