When Gifts Are Crappy

"It's the thought that counts."From the time we were kids, those words were drummed into our heads, almost as a caution. If someone gives us a present, we shouldn't be greedy, ungrateful, or rude. Rather, we should look past the thing and into the heart of the giver, finding gratitude for the intention behind the gift....more
SHe sounds like a love of a lady. more

16 Important Publishing Tips I Picked Up at a Writers Conference

I went to an all day local writers conference. Though not as relaxing as a spa with hot rock massages and smoked salmon for lunch, it was time that felt rewarding and reassuring. I made sure to note tips, sage advice, and collective wisdom with the purpose of sharing it with you. I'm home now, and so ready to hop into pajamas that have been run through the dryer to super hot, but I'm putting that off to tell you the top must-knows from today's presenters. Here are 16 things I learned today at the conference. ...more
Rita Arens  Thanks, Rita! It was a great, local, affordable conference. Their first year, but ... more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2014 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! In fact, we're going to be culling out some great posts from the list below and paying you to feature them on BlogHer during the month of November to celebrate NaBloPoMo. ...more
CONGRATS, everyone! more

What's Behind My Tears Over Ferguson

No indictment against the man who caused the death of Michael Brown. No need to investigate further, it just happened.A crying lump in my throat threatened to push its way into tears. I swallowed it back and sat glued to the coverage.I'm still ferreting out from where the threatening tears were coming....more
Saying nothing is the same as doing nothing. It is standing by and letting the ones with the ... more

When Silence Serves No One in #Ferguson

I have been feeling hopeless, broken, disheartened with the racial disparity in America. But giving up does nothing for change. A radio story I heard this afternoon while listening to Ferguson‬ coverage, reports that in Wisconsin, White Americans are more likely than Black Americans to have used drugs, yet Black Americans are arrested for possession three times as much as Whites. ...more
MAD Hippies Life  Thank you for that. It's a perfect example. Saying nothing, looking away, ... more

Mike Brown, #Ferguson, and "You Should Have Seen This Coming"

I paused a DVRed episode of "The Voice" to listen to the press conference regarding the possible indictment of Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. My ten-year-old asked for an explanation, and I fumbled around for words before simply saying a boy was shot and left for dead on the street for four hours, and now they're not even going to charge the man who did it. She asked why. I didn't have an answer. "I don't know," I said. "He was tall. He was strong. He was black." I knew only the last sentence really mattered. I didn't used to think such things matter. I've grown up. I've been educated....more
Talking, we have to talk, we have to say something instead of being quiet when we hear the ... more

When Silence Serves No One in #Ferguson

I have been feeling hopeless, broken, disheartened with the racial disparity in America. But giving up does nothing for change. A radio story I heard this afternoon while listening to Ferguson‬ coverage, reports that in Wisconsin, White Americans are more likely than Black Americans to have used drugs, yet Black Americans are arrested for possession three times as much as Whites. ...more
Just Linda  Yes,Linda. It's so easy to hide because the ugliness of what we see, that America is ... more

Dear Other Room Mother: Your List Drives Me Nuts

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My co-room mom for my daughter's first grade class is really high-energy. I'm glad she's not a slacker, but she is making me crazy with all her emails and texts! ...more
Marinka always makes me laugh. I love her. more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2014 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! In fact, we're going to be culling out some great posts from the list below and paying you to feature them on BlogHer during the month of November to celebrate NaBloPoMo. ...more
It's the 23rd! more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2014 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! In fact, we're going to be culling out some great posts from the list below and paying you to feature them on BlogHer during the month of November to celebrate NaBloPoMo. ...more
This has been so much fun. more