What Happens When You Reach the Goal? Outgrowing a Goal-Oriented Blog

I didn't start my blog intending for it to have an expiration date. I don't think anyone does. But that is what happens when you write a goal-oriented blog. It happens with cancer blogs where the writers are each hoping for remission, or weight loss blogs where everyone is hoping to get healthy. Reaching your goal means losing your place in the community. Your story is over. You've reached the finish line. Except you haven't. Because there is no finish line when it comes to the need to write your story or gather support through the blogosphere. Especially coming through an experience where charting your journey feels like an emotional necessity. Blogging is a way of documenting a journey, but what happens when the journey veers off into an entirely new direction but your readership remains the same? ...more
Good for you!  I love your new space, and admire your willingness to find comfort. Part of me ... more

5 Yoga Poses to Create a Fresh Start

School is starting up again, but even if you're not returning to classes, many of us look at the fall as a fresh start. Invite peace and tranquility into your brain and restore your mind with this 5-part yoga practice. ...more
Vrkshasana is one of my favorite poses (perhaps second after warrior 2).  :)  Thank you for the ... more

A Child's Perspective on the 2014 White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July 18, 2014. ...more
I like the occasional chips and guacamole, too.  But it's a great--and important--message ... ... more

(Not Just) Black and White: Thoughts on the Princeton Privilege Essay

Have you seen the article about privilege written by the Princeton freshman ? It's probably all over your Facebook/tumblr/whatever feed ... or at least, it was all over mine, for reasons that I can't quite put my finger on.  It's possible that outrage fueled the social media frenzy, like "Princeton Mom" Susan Patton's injunctions to young women to marry well have done. ...more
alexandalfie69 Corrected, thank you. more

(Not Just) Black and White: Thoughts on the Princeton Privilege Essay

Have you seen the article about privilege written by the Princeton freshman ? It's probably all over your Facebook/tumblr/whatever feed ... or at least, it was all over mine, for reasons that I can't quite put my finger on.  It's possible that outrage fueled the social media frenzy, like "Princeton Mom" Susan Patton's injunctions to young women to marry well have done. ...more
stormy.stark Thanks for your comments.  I did read his piece, and many responses to it, both ... more

Why Cinderella Is Not Invited to My Daughter's Birthday Party

My daughter is not a feminist. She is an almost-three-year-old tornado whose favorite color is blue, but who enjoys dressing in pink and purple tulle and dancing around, proclaiming, "I'm a PRINcess!" To which I respond, invariably: "You are always a princess, because you're smart, and beautiful, and kind." (Or some drek-y thing along those lines.) Because, really, what else can you say that is uncomplicated enough for a well-indoctrinated three-year-old girl to understand? ...more
sandracreasonThanks so much for your thoughtful comment, Sandra!  I love your point about ... more

Why Cinderella Is Not Invited to My Daughter's Birthday Party

My daughter is not a feminist. She is an almost-three-year-old tornado whose favorite color is blue, but who enjoys dressing in pink and purple tulle and dancing around, proclaiming, "I'm a PRINcess!" To which I respond, invariably: "You are always a princess, because you're smart, and beautiful, and kind." (Or some drek-y thing along those lines.) Because, really, what else can you say that is uncomplicated enough for a well-indoctrinated three-year-old girl to understand? ...more
NikkistoryThanks for commenting.  You're entitled to your makeup and tiara.  But I don't want my ... more

Why Cinderella Is Not Invited to My Daughter's Birthday Party

My daughter is not a feminist. She is an almost-three-year-old tornado whose favorite color is blue, but who enjoys dressing in pink and purple tulle and dancing around, proclaiming, "I'm a PRINcess!" To which I respond, invariably: "You are always a princess, because you're smart, and beautiful, and kind." (Or some drek-y thing along those lines.) Because, really, what else can you say that is uncomplicated enough for a well-indoctrinated three-year-old girl to understand? ...more
CheraleeSThanks for commenting, Cheralee.  I think for me it was less about the party, but more ... more

Why Cinderella Is Not Invited to My Daughter's Birthday Party

My daughter is not a feminist. She is an almost-three-year-old tornado whose favorite color is blue, but who enjoys dressing in pink and purple tulle and dancing around, proclaiming, "I'm a PRINcess!" To which I respond, invariably: "You are always a princess, because you're smart, and beautiful, and kind." (Or some drek-y thing along those lines.) Because, really, what else can you say that is uncomplicated enough for a well-indoctrinated three-year-old girl to understand? ...more
TheGolfGirl Thanks for your comment.  You're right; I don't talk about boys much at all here (I ... more

Why Cinderella Is Not Invited to My Daughter's Birthday Party

My daughter is not a feminist. She is an almost-three-year-old tornado whose favorite color is blue, but who enjoys dressing in pink and purple tulle and dancing around, proclaiming, "I'm a PRINcess!" To which I respond, invariably: "You are always a princess, because you're smart, and beautiful, and kind." (Or some drek-y thing along those lines.) Because, really, what else can you say that is uncomplicated enough for a well-indoctrinated three-year-old girl to understand? ...more
msamericanpatriot Thanks for your comment.  Actually, I didn't say I wasn't a feminist; I do ... more