Are You Organizing That Stuff or Just Hoarding It?

I've been buried in my basement for over a week now as part of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge, and I still can't see the end in sight. ...more
As the relative of a hoarder I think it's useful to examine use of the term carefully and learn ... more

Preparing Your Pets To Meet Your Baby

Sometimes, just the thought of introducing your human baby to your furry babies can send a hormonal pregnant mama into an anxiety riddled tailspin! BUT, I promise that when done thoughtfully and purposefully, this introduction can be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. ...more
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I'm Childfree by Choice and Have No Regrets

When I grew up, it was understood that I'd marry and have children. Yes, I could pursue a fabulous career, courtesy of the women’s movement. I could be a hard-charging executive as well as fecund earth mother. This was no longer the '50s, so I didn’t aspire to vacuum in pearls. In the '70s, we instead dreamed of having it all—and “all” included children. ...more
Thanks for writing this. I'm mom material but that's not the way my life went and I'm not sorry ... more

I Can't Believe I Have a Dog on Prozac

This is Buster. Buster is a butt. Yes, he's sitting on our dining room table. No, he's not supposed to do that. ...more
My cat is on prozac. He has hyperthyroidism with a lot of health and behavioral issues trickling ... more

My Cats and Dogs Are Pets, Not Furbabies

I have five pets, and I realize that pushes me over the she’s-sane line by about three animals. I didn’t start out this life thinking I’d have five pets, OK? I relationshipped into one cat, and I found one dog on the side of a busy road. My best friend talked me into my fluffy gray cat who was lingering at the pound, and the other two are 100% my fault. Because I am clearly an animal lover, I get a lot of email and Facebook posts about animals, and I like this. Of course, I want to see kittens doing that sideways spider kitty thing and talking dogs. Who doesn’t?...more
Have you read Culture Clashby Jean Donaldson? I think you'd dig it. more

10 Things Parents Shouldn't Say To Non-Parents

Lately, I've seen some articles (this one in particular) about how people with kids are tired of hearing certain things from people without munchkins. I know, I know, we don't get it. But maybe, possibly, you're forgetting what it's like to not have kids. There are different stresses but stress none the less. ...more
When I get #4 I always think, "Really? That's incredibly sad for you and for your kids." more

Am I Promoting "Rape Culture" With My Relationship Advice?

Last week I wrote a post that was shared so many times on Facebook and seen by lots and lots of people... it's quickly made it to the top 3 most viewed posts on my site and I am happy that people found it useful at all. It always makes me nervous to post about marriage, or about advice we have used that worked... anytime it gets down to the personal, there is always a possibility of offending someone who just might do it different than we do....more
NewlywedsonaBudget FeministaJonesI absolutely agree with advocating and promoting enthusiastic ... more

My Wakeup Call

I remember it like it was yesterday.  Oh wait.  It was yesterday.  The voice on the other end of the phone was telling me that I had been cast as a speaker in the NYC version of Listen To Your Mother, a national series of live readings in 32 series nationwide in celebration of Mother’s Day.So how did I, a Westchester mother who works in the Financial District, end up getting the call?  Let me, first, retrace my steps....more
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Facing Harsh Realities in '12 Years a Slave'

I'll make it clear up front. 12 Years a Slave is not an easy movie to watch.  It transports us back to a time in American history that makes us all feel incredibly uncomfortable.  I'll be honest, as much as I wanted to see this lauded film I worried it would be too devastating. But that's exactly why everyone needs to see the movie. We need to come face-to-face, eye-to-eye with the harsh realities of America's past, and the movie is so well done that it makes it possible for all of us to do this. ...more
I saw the movie at an artsy cinema on the upper West side on a weekday afternoon. I felt as ... more

Women Who Choose Abortion Have Feelings, Too

Fourteen years ago, I sat bawling hysterically in a women's health center. My lower stomach had been cramping for about three weeks. I thought I was just ovulating, and that it was normal....more
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