5 Graphic Novels That Belong on Summer Reading Lists

Ah, summer!  When students all over America break free of their desks and high-tail it to the pool. For about five seconds, until their summer reading lists appear and ruin everything. Now let’s be real. Even as a kid I loved to read, but summer reading lists were a burden all the same. It wasn’t fun reading. Sure, I liked some of the books I was exposed to, but so many more were dry or hard to focus on when I really just wanted to get back outside. ...more
American Born Chinese is wonderful, and I have enjoyed March, especially the second volume.  El ... more

Mom, When Can I Start Saying 'Crap'?

"Mom?" said my 9-year-old Sophie, looking up from her iPad game and glancing over at me with her big, brown eyes and a sheepish grin on her face. "What's up?" I asked, girding myself for a request I would not want or be able to fulfill. "Can I start using the word crap?" Her sheepish grin was still glued to her face. ...more
This is so interesting to see how other families have handled this!  We've told our 7 year old ... more

Finally, an AbFab Film for Us, Darling Sweeting Darlings!

Who says miracles don’t happen? Absolutely Fabulous (or AbFab as it’s know to fans) is going to be a movie, darling-sweetie-darling! ...more
Hurray!  Been waiting for this for so long! more

Everything You Need to Know About Tumblr

If you're like me, you probably have tried most of the social media sites out there. Tumblr, owned by Yahoo!, began in 2007. While it's been around, its popularity has definitely exploded in the last few years. The simplest way I can describe Tumblr is to call it a visual social blogging platform. You can create a blog and fill it with text posts, photos, videos and even audio files. And you can share (reblog) or like posts you find interesting. ...more
"...the next thing you know, you're looking at GIFs of a cat dressed like a shark and riding a ... more

Can You Quit Your Job as Stuff Manager?

Dear Stuff,I am writing to inform you that I am resigning from my position as Stuff Manager for the Townes Household, effective April 15, 2015....more
This post makes me want to cry, because the stuff is so in control of my life. more

5 Ways To Keep Poor Kids From Ruining Your Halloween If You're A Terrible Person

Have you heard about the wicked wealthy witch who wrote a letter to Slate's Dear Prudence advice column complaining about her 1%-er neighborhood being overrun by mini vans full of less fortunate 99%-ers out to pilfer her mountain of full size $100,000 bars on Halloween? Here it is. Get ready to cringe and seethe simultaneously. ...more
It's clear that the kids coming through my suburban neighborhood are from the apartments nearby, ... more

Confessions of An Imperfect Mom

Y'all know I like to keep it real around here, and lately I have been finding myself wrapped up in guilt for a lot of the parenting choices I make. Deep down I know I am a good mom. My child is loved, she is never hungry and has a roof over her head with a warm and cozy bed to sleep in every night, so why do I let the mom guilt come over me? For me, mom guilt is the hardest part of parenting, I often journal about this topic, and I have come to realize that there is a common denominator in all of the guilt—that being social media. Comparisons. Measuring up. ...more
I sometimes had to leave the room to avoid cracking up at the tantrums.  Or the house, if there ... more

Tig Notaro's "Boyish Girl Interrupted" Tour Kicks Off This Month

Comedian (and BlogHer '14 keynote speaker!) Tig Notaro announces her Boyish Girl Interrupted tour across the U.S. and Australia this fall and winter—including a breast cancer benefit on October 13 at Largo Theatre, where she had her groundbreaking set announcing she had cancer in 2012. ...more
I was SO excited to see this!  And at the Austin theater, there was 1 solo stranded seat in a ... more

Scarlett's Lucy Kicks PTSD in the Face in an Action Flick Where Women Win

In the summer blockbuster Lucy, Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who is transformed by a synthetic drug that gives her access to 100% of her brain. With the drug's push she grows stronger, wiser and tougher in both primal and evolved ways. In the universe of the story, this allows her to triumph over assault, gun fire and a global hunt for her. Scarlett rocks the role with verve, a surprisingly steely badass power and a striking ability to single-handedly embody a wacky sci-fi concoction of creative theory, science and philosophy.  ...more
It's the kind of film I should have been at opening night - love ass-kicking gals!  But the ... more

Dear 2015 BlogHer Conference Newbies

 I was totally in your shoes last year. Well, my shoes probably aren't as trendy as yours, but you get the idea. You might be overwhelmed by the groups of bloggers you pass, who always seem to be in constant states of glee and giddiness. You'll wonder, "Why are they so happy?...more
Tanikwish Celeste Lindell There is SO much going on, it's always hard to get groups organized. ... more