Blood Brother: The Gene That Rocked My Family

In the fall of 2010, as my brother was dying of colon cancer, I learned a terrifying secret. He also had Huntington's disease, a horrific brain disorder that is passed down in families. ...more
wdolderer Thank you for your kindness and for sharing your story about your friend. I'm so glad ... more

Announcing BlogHer '13 Keynote: Guy Kawasaki, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

Today we are thrilled to unveil another BlogHer '13 keynote speaker: Guy Kawasaki. You may know Guy as a technology evangelist, an entrepreneur, and an author of numerous books, but Lisa, Jory and I know him as the first person we showed our pitch deck when we were going out for our first round of funding. We know him as an early supporter, not just of BlogHer, but of the entire blogging space, including the women in the space....more
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Books We Think You'll Love: May 2013

Deciding what book should hit the top of your To Be Read list can be overwhelming and the one question I get asked all the time is, "What should I read next?" Each month as I look at all the books that are about to be released, I am boggled by the number of fabulous books that are being published. I have no trouble understanding why people have a problem deciding what book to pick up next. We're going to try to make that process a bit easier for you. Each month I'll be sharing a selection of books that are hot off the presses and that we think you'll love....more
This is a terrific selection of books. I'm always talking with my friend Maura about books, and ... more

Too Fat To Cheer? CBS Houston Polls Readers On Cheerleader's Weight

Kelsey is a dancer for the OKC Thunder Girls with an enviable physique. But this week, she's not getting press for her moves between quarters. Rather, she's the subject of ridicule by CBS Houston (in a post that stated that they're simply reporting the "word on the streets of OKC") for being too chunky to cheer. Or is she? Claire Crawford, the writer at CBS Houston who took on this hard-hitting story, wasn't ready to make a solo judgement....more
I guess it's time for me to launch a basketball fan poll called: Is this (fill in the blank) NBA ... more

Environmentalist in Oklahoma: Against the Grain

I was born and raised in rural Oklahoma, in a town of around 17,000 people. Oklahoma is known for things like rodeos, country music, the Dust Bowl, the oil and natural gas, and for being one of the reddest states, politically, in the U.S. Oklahoma is not known as being a very progressive or eco-friendly state. My Senator, Sen. Inhofe is even one of the biggest climate deniers in U.S. politics....more
My parents were born and raised in Oklahoma and I still have many family members ... more

2013 Day of Silence: Teens Go Silent For LGBT Equality

This Friday, April 19th, my daughter and some of her friends won't be uttering a single a word. For a whole day, they won't say anything at all. Is this some sort of parent-of-teens pipe dream come true? Not exactly; it's the 2013 Day of Silence. Does refusing to talk for a day change anything? This is an event designed to build awareness, so it's hard to measure cause and effect directly, of course. ...more
What a beautiful post. Thanks for writing. more

Explosions at the Boston Marathon: Our Hearts Go Out to Runners, Families

Updated: FBI seeks photos and video from the explosion at the Boston Marathon....more
My niece and her husband were there, and are safe. My friend Nicole is safe, too. But all I can ... more

The Rape and Death of 17-Year-Old Rehtaeh Parsons

The story is disturbingly familiar. A teenage girl goes to some kind of get-together, maybe a party. She is raped by multiple assailants. The rape is photographed and distributed via social media. The girl is subjected to horrifying acts of bullying and shaming. She is branded a slut. Her life becomes a living hell. ...more
@bellejarblog  Would love to post this on our feminism page! OK with you? more

AshleyGate: How Mitch McConnell Planned to Smear Ashley Judd

If you think politics is dirty, you’re probably going to think it’s even more dirty after reading this story. It’s so outrageous that you might feel compelled to throw up, or take a shower, or, at the very least, call your senator. Yes, I'm talking about the Mother Jones story with tapes of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and his staff discussing how to attack Ashley Judd as "unbalanced." ...more
@SharkCut Staci Thanks so much for your comment. I understand what you're saying, but it's ... more

AshleyGate: How Mitch McConnell Planned to Smear Ashley Judd

If you think politics is dirty, you’re probably going to think it’s even more dirty after reading this story. It’s so outrageous that you might feel compelled to throw up, or take a shower, or, at the very least, call your senator. Yes, I'm talking about the Mother Jones story with tapes of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and his staff discussing how to attack Ashley Judd as "unbalanced." ...more
@redwritinghood Yes, they do. I never said one side does it and the other doesn't, so I'm not ... more