How to Use a Newsletter for Your Blog or Business

When I started Renegade Mothering in 2011, I installed the most simple-looking subscription plug-in I could find and called it a day. I can’t remember what it was called, but it worked fine, particularly since my subscribers were my mom, husband, and 20 or so friends and cousins, until approximately eight of them unsubscribed due to the offensive content of my ranting. I’m kidding. Sort of. ...more
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Baby Bumps And Books

I recently put together a guest post for The Raise Foundation. It's a non-profit organization that supports and assist victims of child abuse. I was really please that they reached out to me. My posts will be featured the first Monday of every month. I wanted to share with you my very first post. My goal with regards to my posting will be to encourage parents to read to their children and why it's so important. I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. ...more
HomeRearedChef Hi Virginia. I am just seeing this comment. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am ... more

Why Doc McStuffins Is Not Enough

Doc McStuffins, Disney's black doctor character, is a"crossover hit." Sales of Doc McStuffins character products are evenly distributed by race and even gender, prompting a popular refrain about the virtues of colorblindness, as reported by the ...more
It's true she is not enough. It is long overdue and we do need to appreciate the fact that she ... more

A White Girl's Thoughts on Acting White.

I am a white girl. My eyes are brown, my skin slightly olive, and in its natural state my hair is very dark brown. Where ever I live, I look like whatever the popular miscellaneous minority is; I have been mistaken for Italian in New York, Native Alaskan in Alaska, Native American in Kansas, and Puerto Rican/Cuban in Florida....more
Great article with great points. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. more

Menopausal Malfunction: Vagina Out Of Order!

Long-gone are the days of spontaneous sex: sweat-soaked, heart-racing, weight-reducing sessions. Oh, they were the bestest and funnest "exercises" in the world. They were certainly memorable knock-the-wind-out-of-you orgasms, delivering a delicious climax that made my toes curl and contorted my body 'til it hurt so good! Oh yeah, those were the put-life-back-into-you kickers, testing mileage and endurance, taking my heart to its ultimate limit. ...more
Don't forget about the "hot flashes" that can keep us up at night and sweaty all day long! more

A World Without Creativity: The Hundred

When I read Ally Condie's Matched there were a lot of things about the Society that kind of blew my mind. When the old world broke down, the Society that rose from its ashes decided that there had simply been too much of everything -- too much technology, too much freedom, too much culture. One of the things that disturbed me the most was the elimination of all culture and art beyond what was approved by the Society. ...more
Art is like water. We need it to survive. It sounds like it would be an interesting read but a ... more

Dim All the Lights: Disco Queen Donna Summer Dead at 63

Singer Donna Summer died today, her family said in a statement. She lived in Florida in recent years, with husband Bruce Sudano, but no cause or location of death has yet been reported. She was 63 years old. ...more
I will miss her and those disco days. more

Women of Color: The Silent Victims of the Mommy Wars

Apparently, only white women get to argue about whether to stay home or seek employment out of the house. That’s the takeaway I got from the online vitriol sparked last week by Ann Romney and Hillary Rosen. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 2012, 1992, or 1972 — the Mommy Wars continue to pit white, privileged women against even more privileged white women. ...more
As a single mom, I am glad you shared a post like this. I would have loved to have been a SAHM. ... more

Stop Being Your Kid's BFF and Start Being Their Parent

ask you, parents, when is the last time you spoke to your children about morality or respect? When is the last time you had a conversation with your young person regarding sex? When is the last time that you spoke with your child about your expectations of them excluding the times that you're angry with them because they weren't meeting your expectations? A real conversation. One where you weren't trying to play at being their BFF and were their parent. Kids have a hundred BFFs these days. Often, they change from year to year. However, they only have one set of parents. Just one....more
I am so glad you pointed this out. I see this all to often. As a single mom I instilled in my ... more

"I Love Daddy More Than I Love You"

“I have a secret to tell you,” he said, “And I don’t want you to get mad.” Thoughts scrolled through my mind, rapid fire: had I heard crystal shatter? No. Did the dog still have a tail? Yes. Had I consumed anything unidentified just because he asked me to? No. Is he too young to have committed a crime or surfed for online porn? Yes. I should be safe. “You can tell me anything, and I’ll try not to get mad. What’s up?” He leaned in conspiratorially. He looked left, then right (purely for drama; we were alone in the house) and whispered, “I love Daddy more than I love you.”...more
Wow! I have heard about situations like this before. It's not easy being the non-favorite. I ... more