Jana Llewellyn

I'm a part-time college English teacher who mixes humor, feminism, and... read more

Our 9/11 Stories: Share Your Posts About September 11, 2001

Editor's note: Last year, we called for you to share your posts on the events of September 11, 2001. More than 200 bloggers responded. We're honoring this tradition again this year, and invite you to read these bloggers' stories and contribute your own. -- Julie We've seen a LOT of stories in the media about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93. We've also seen, and maybe felt, that many of us are sick of the story in the media. ...more
I have been sharing my story ever since.  http://artievanwhy.commore

Announcing the 2011 BlogHer Voices of the Year!

Today we are pleased and proud to announce the 2011 BlogHer Voices of the Year!...more
For the next collection of awards, how do you submit someone???more

Celebrating My Friend's Last Birthday

Today is my birthday, and I did something I’ve been putting off for months and months. I called a friend who is dying. We lost touch about 10 years ago when I moved out of the area, his marriage fell apart and all those ties that bound us were broken. I’ve thought about him many times over the years and, well, you know how it goes. Life gets busy....more
I love that last line: Oh god oh god life is short live it like you mean it. So wonderfully ...more

The Friendster Wake: Remembering the Late Social Media Site

Alas, poor Friendster, some of us weren't actually aware that you were still alive until we heard about your semi-demise. I'm really sorry about that, Friendster, because back in the old days when Facebook was still for those whippersnappers in college, Friendster was the social media site to connect with old friends and stalk ex-lovers. (That is, until you discovered that Friendster sent updates to let you know who was viewing your profile... yes, ex-boyfriend-who-shall-remain-nameless, I do know that you checked out my photos, sucker.) ...more

You never cease to bring me joy with your posts, Melissa.

I remember putting a picture up of ...more

Push Pause: Life Is Not a Race

My whole life, I’ve been in a rush. But now, with the benefit of a few extra years of experience, and because I’ve finally allowed myself the time to breathe, I find myself wishing I could go back and push pause. There is so much I would tell my younger self. So much I would do differently with the benefit of hindsight. So here it is, a letter to my younger self. ...more

I definitely need to slow down. Every time I think that I have, I find something new to do! ...more

Parenting Decisions, Feminism and the Stay-at-Home Mom

I have a few memories of being a little girl. In one, I am clinging to my mother's leg as she tries to leave me at daycare. I'm hysterical, and all I want is her softness, the smell of her hair in my hands. ...more
I struggle with this every day!  I just quit my job substitute teaching at a Juvenile Detention ...more

Parenting Decisions, Feminism and the Stay-at-Home Mom

I have a few memories of being a little girl. In one, I am clinging to my mother's leg as she tries to leave me at daycare. I'm hysterical, and all I want is her softness, the smell of her hair in my hands. ...more
I struggle with this every day!  I just quit my job substitute teaching at a Juvenile Detention ...more

What Happens When You Ask People Not to Say "Retard"

Let's say you have a child with disabilities who has cognitive delays, and when people jokingly use the word "retard" to call someone stupid, it bothers you. Let's say that in honor of Spread The Word To End The Word day, you decide to do a little project: For a few days you will message people on Twitter who use the word "retard" and let them know the r-word is derogatory to people with disabilities. You don't actually expect the word to disappear anytime soon or that people will instantly chop it out of their vocabularies. But maybe, just maybe, you can raise a little awareness. ...more

Well I tried to get some people in a chat I frequent to stop using the r-word. They won't, in ...more

Parenting Decisions, Feminism and the Stay-at-Home Mom

I have a few memories of being a little girl. In one, I am clinging to my mother's leg as she tries to leave me at daycare. I'm hysterical, and all I want is her softness, the smell of her hair in my hands. ...more
I struggle with this every day!  I just quit my job substitute teaching at a Juvenile Detention ...more

Parenting Decisions, Feminism and the Stay-at-Home Mom

I have a few memories of being a little girl. In one, I am clinging to my mother's leg as she tries to leave me at daycare. I'm hysterical, and all I want is her softness, the smell of her hair in my hands. ...more
I struggle with this every day!  I just quit my job substitute teaching at a Juvenile Detention ...more