Why Restaurants Shouldn't Accept Food Stamps

[Editor's Note: Reading The Headmistress's impassioned argument against restaurants accepting food stamps gave me pause. Initially I had a liberal knee-jerk reaction about her assumptions about those who need food stamps. Then I thought a bit and tried to tease out whether or not restaurants should be eligible for food stamps when they are actually a luxury line item in most people's budgets. I'm still not sure where I come down on this one. Check out her argument and weigh in! -Rita] Restaurants Seeking to Accept Food Stamps ...more
@Rita Arens Hi Rita, Yes the grocery store is, too.  The poor always get the bad rap ... more

Why Restaurants Shouldn't Accept Food Stamps

[Editor's Note: Reading The Headmistress's impassioned argument against restaurants accepting food stamps gave me pause. Initially I had a liberal knee-jerk reaction about her assumptions about those who need food stamps. Then I thought a bit and tried to tease out whether or not restaurants should be eligible for food stamps when they are actually a luxury line item in most people's budgets. I'm still not sure where I come down on this one. Check out her argument and weigh in! -Rita] Restaurants Seeking to Accept Food Stamps ...more
This is about business. Corporate welfare. The poor always get picked on. The fact is ... more

Supermoms Are Overrated

A new study from the University of Washington in Seattle finds that while working outside the home is good for mothers’ mental health, so-called “supermoms” have higher rates of depression than those working moms who are willing to let go of their expectations of perfection at home and at work. “Supermoms” who set the unattainable goal of being perfect are more likely to be depressed, the study found. ...more
I think the issue is not really about being a "supermom". It's about freedom. A person is ... more

Flexing the White House Women's Muscle: An Intimate Interview with Valerie Jarrett

It's not every day that I receive e-mail from someone at the White House, so when they contacted me last Monday about interviewing Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in San Francisco, I had to scramble to make it work. The typical working mother's dilemma: I was planning to pick up my daughter at school that day at 3:05. Time of interview: 3:10. With my husband out of town, I sent out a series of messages seeking someone who could pick up my daughter....more
Great interview and I appreciate her access. The biggest economic problem for women is that we ... more

My Kid Found My Sex Toys and Is Asking Questions!

Imagine you're talking with your 14-year-old daughter when, without warning, she asks about sex toys. "Why do people have them?" she wants to know. "Who uses them?" Despite being taken off-guard, you manage to keep yourself collected, explaining that sex is natural between consenting adults, but that a partner is not a requirement for experiencing pleasure, and that sexual aids can even help partners have a more enjoyable sexual experience together. Then, your daughter drops a bomb on you: "I found your box of 'sexual aids.'" ...more

I want to instill that into my son -- in addition to the pleasure and the mechanics. I felt like ... more

Donald Trump: The 45th President’s Inaugural Address

What would the world look like with Donald Trump as the 45th  President of the United States? Let’s start with his inauguration speech:...more

You totally got his "voice"...cracked me up

Heather blogs about Motherhood & Other ... more

Mother Who Withheld Medical Treatment for Young Son Found Guilty of Attempted Murder

Single mother Kristen LaBrie was found guilty of attempted murder recently, following the death of her 9-year-old son, Jeremy Fraser.  Jeremy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma--a disease with a recovery rate of about 85-90 percent--when he was 7 years old.  Alongside this, he was also a non-verbal autistic child and LaBrie suffered from depression. For Jeremy’s treatments, doctors prescribed chemotherapy--a decision that LaBrie agreed with until she saw what the side effects did to her son....more

I read that this was his second bout with cancer so for the doctors to say it had that cure rate ... more

Would You Like Some Ads With Your Kindle E-Books?

Amazon recently announced it is launching a new special ads-supported Kindle. Ads and special offers will appear as full-page screensavers and as small banner ads at the bottom of the home screen. The ads will not appear in the e-books themselves. For this new version of the Kindle, Amazon has reduced the price of the device to $114 -- $25 less than the price of a regular Kindle. ...more

...of advertising trying to find a lifeline anywhere...

Nothing is off limits I guess. Glad ... more

Is There a Gender Wage Gap?

According to Carrie Lukas, Executive director of the Independent Women's Forum, women and men earn equal pay for equal work. Except that we work in entirely different professions because women like really comfortable, safe jobs. And that parity is only true for urban workers who have no children. So it is a total lie perpetrated by angry feminists that women only make 77 cents for every $1 a dude earns doing the same work. Well, that makes me feel better. ...more

...is good for fathers. This is long but is a subject close to my heart...so I'm putting alot in ... more

Is There a Gender Wage Gap?

According to Carrie Lukas, Executive director of the Independent Women's Forum, women and men earn equal pay for equal work. Except that we work in entirely different professions because women like really comfortable, safe jobs. And that parity is only true for urban workers who have no children. So it is a total lie perpetrated by angry feminists that women only make 77 cents for every $1 a dude earns doing the same work. Well, that makes me feel better. ...more

I think malematters is prompting a very important conversation.

I agree that there is a ... more