The Reflex of Deference: What Keeps Male Privilege Going

Deference is the wee tiny rock that women carry in their pockets, the signal to tell them to get out of the way, sit down and be quiet, but who put that rock there?...more
Beautiful (yet painful) post, Jan! I completely agree with you that females keep this 'little ... more

11 Great Tips Writers Need to Know to Keep Getting Published

While getting your writing accepted by a website you’ve aspired to be published on is a great accomplishment, your work isn’t over as soon as you get a "Yes!"  Once you get that coveted letter from an editor saying your work is going to be featured, there are several things left to do, to ensure that you get the most out of your experience as a contributor, and that you are welcomed back to write more pieces in the future. ...more
Excellent tips as always, Susan! I've found that keeping track (having a spreadsheet), updating ... more

How BlogHer Took My Fizzled Out Post to 21,000+ Views

As I am writing this post, my other post is the most popular on BlogHer.com.  This is a post that had barely ignited and then fizzled on my own site, but was featured by BlogHer and took on a life of its own. This is definitely a testament to the power of BlogHer. It drives me nuts when people share stories about increased traffic, shares, or going viral with no stats, so I am going to lay it all out for you here, and you can judge for yourself. ...more
Yep, love BlogHer and the exposure! 'Viral' can be pretty subjective, right?  So I say we just ... more

Drop-Off Zone Doesn't Mean Drop Your Manners

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reillysmom16 I can definitely understand your frustration with that. I see that when I drop my ... more

10 Life Lessons I've Taught My Children

I've spent 24+ years being a parent, and if there's anything I know for sure, it's this: Children learn what they live. You can talk until you're blue in the face, but if you don't act as you speak, your kids won't take to heart the things that you say. Among many others, here are 10 things I taught my now-grown children—guidelines that work for me and that I follow nearly all the time. It's not easy figuring out grown-up life, but hopefully these things help them as often as possible. ...more
I loved that your list are not the 'usual', predictable life lessons, Sharon.  Even I learned ... more

I Just Ended a 7-Year Relationship: I Walked Away from My Doctorate

I began to ask myself the question: What would it take for me to love myself, right now, as I am, even if I didn’t achieve a doctoral degree?...more
Michele, I truly could't imagine the heartbreak you must have gone through in the beginning ... more

What I Know About Marriage Helped Me Buy A Home

Our family just hit our third year anniversary in this home we live in. Three years ago, my husband and I went through the grueling process of house hunting, and the process was even further complicated by the fact that it was going to be an interstate move for us. Staying put was not an option because of my husband’s new job....more
Pecked2DeathByChckns Thanks Susan!  :-) more

What I Know About Marriage Helped Me Buy A Home

Our family just hit our third year anniversary in this home we live in. Three years ago, my husband and I went through the grueling process of house hunting, and the process was even further complicated by the fact that it was going to be an interstate move for us. Staying put was not an option because of my husband’s new job....more
Tammy DeMel Oh you're right about that, Tammy, that tasted do change.  We can always change some ... more

What I Know About Marriage Helped Me Buy A Home

Our family just hit our third year anniversary in this home we live in. Three years ago, my husband and I went through the grueling process of house hunting, and the process was even further complicated by the fact that it was going to be an interstate move for us. Staying put was not an option because of my husband’s new job....more
YAYitsKate You could be right about that!  What an intriguing thought, Kate!  That would be an ... more

What You Need to Do Before You Publish Your Next Blog Post

Sometimes we all need a little help to add the final finishing touches to a blog post.  In this post you'll find a guide that does just that....more
Very practical tips, Lisa!  In the past year, (though I've been blogging far longer than that) ... more