AnnMaria

CEO of gaming company, Ph.D., statistics professor, world judo champion, mother... read more

The 10 Best Calendars for 2014

For most of my life the yearly Girl Scout calendar was the only one I ever used. Once in awhile someone would give me a pretty wall calendar or a funny page a day calendar as a gift for Christmas but most of the time -- the trusty Girl Scout Calendar was enough. ...more
poojanegi  The dog calendar is so pretty, isn't it?more

Aleysha Proctor in Times Square + More!

Aleysha Proctor from Aleysha's Lifestyle Cafe appeared on screen in NYC's Times Square. ...more
Tammy Soong Thank you!more

Boris Kodjoe Thinks Weight Gain In Marriage Is "Unacceptable"...Wait, What?

Dear Nicole Ari Parker I hope you never have a thyroid problem, go through menopause, get lupus, lose a leg in in a car accident, have your face disfigured, avoid getting nipped and tucked, have heart problems that will stop you from doing your cardio exercises, or any other life challenge that might cause you to gain weight because your husband says that gaining weight is "unacceptable"....more
I went through all your comments and certainly you did engage readers in strong responses. ...more

"It's Not Fair to the Normal Kids." Are You Kidding Me, Lady?

I told her that my son has autism and she responded, "oh, my nephew is autism." Yes, she said it like that -- should have been my first clue. She continued: "They try to stick him in with the normal kids, but I just don't think it makes any sense. It's not doing ANYONE any good having him with NORMAL kids...." ...more
sunblindedone He is in a private school, so it is legal.more

72 Years Old and a Lot to Blog About

Yes, I’ve got gray hair. The guy at the gas station calls me “madame,” and the man who sat next to me on my last flight asked, “who configured your iPhone for you?” Get the picture? ...more
I will read what ever your write! Your post kept me captivated and i love Lynda.com too!more

A Letter to the Moms of Mean Girls

I’d like to say a few things to their mothers: Your daughters are watching you. They look to you as an example of how to be a woman, so when you stand around in packs in order to whisper, and gossip, and cut other women down, don’t think they don’t notice. Remember, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree....more
I have been around a lot of toxic people and seen far too much emotional bullying inflicted on ...more

Why I Miss Being Stereotyped

It’s not always easy being Asian in Spain. For one, people don’t understand that they should feel intellectually inferior around me since I am good at math. Yes these are stereotypes, at least in American culture.Other than my mother in-law telling me that Chinese people have big heads and small eyes, I haven’t heard many Asian stereotypes in Spain. Even now, I’m not sure if her comment is a general stereotype or a personal observation.  Where I live there aren’t enough Asians to warrant generalizations. It’s a shame really, because I miss being stereotyped....more
Oh my god, I relate to this.  I'm currently living in China and I'm consistently stereotyped, as ...more

Trusting Your Inner Mama Bear: I Let a Predator Into My Kids' Lives

I am a fiercely protective Mama bear. I insist on holding my children’s hands when we cross the street. I keep my eyes on my children at all times in public places. I do not like them to play in the front yard without an adult present and my younger children have never had a sleepover at a friend’s house without me present. Yet, I unknowingly allowed a child predator into my life....more
I knew someone who went to prison for molesting one of his students. I was at parties with this ...more

What Editors Think Of Writers -- The Most Honest Advice Ever By Gina Barreca (Part Of A 10 Part Publishing Series)

“What do editors want?” Adding to our discussion of real-life experience in the world of publishing, the fourth voice we’ll hear is from the Editor-at-Large of an internationally known and well-respected magazine, one with a professional as well as popular readership. A successful author in her own right as well as an experienced editor, “Hanna Errant” (her alias, as if you couldn’t tell) maps some unnerving changes in the publishing industry over the last twenty years: ...more
I published a book this year, and our editor was immensely helpful. On the other hand, we spent ...more

Blame Patriarchy: Notes on Steubenville and "Jock Culture"

In a recent polemic Dave Zirin asks if "jock culture" is to be blamed for the Steubenville case....more
I have to sympathize with the coach who slapped the player. While I have never done that, I have ...more