An Open Letter to Those Who Think Sandy Hook Is a Conspiracy

There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
@michael.landon25 Michael, most of the questions I've seen posed (like these) have either a:  ... more

An Open Letter to Those Who Think Sandy Hook Is a Conspiracy

There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
@michael.landon25 Michael, your response here shows clearly exactly the difficulty I have in ... more

An Open Letter to Those Who Think Sandy Hook Is a Conspiracy

There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
@Expat Mum Expat, I totally agree.  And that's what really sets my jaw about this whole thing.  ... more

An Open Letter to Those Who Think Sandy Hook Is a Conspiracy

There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
@Waupaca Thank you for taking the time to comment.  I really do hope that all of us can rise up ... more

An Open Letter to Those Who Think Sandy Hook Is a Conspiracy

There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
@Amomma@40somethin' I'm glad you hadn't heard of this.  I had hoped it was reserved for a small ... more

An Open Letter to Those Who Think Sandy Hook Is a Conspiracy

There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
@alexash I know what you mean.  On the one hand, you don't want to give it validity by ... more

An Open Letter to Those Who Think Sandy Hook Is a Conspiracy

There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
scaron, thank you for your comments.  As raw as this feels for me being so close to the tragedy, ... more

The Gift I Did Not Recognize At the Time

My mother was diagnosed with cancer in March of 1992.   There are moments, both little and small, of the journey we spent together during her illness that are still full of sharp edges.  Many of them have to do with their proximity to a holiday.  This story below happened three days before Christmasin 1992, when I was twenty two years old.   It's taken me eighteen years to finally be able to delve back into these me...more

Susan,

So sorry to hear of your mother's fight with lymphoma. As the years have passed and ... more

Week 1: Explore BlogHer.com and Win a BlogHer ’11 Conference Pass

In September, we introduced you to the new BlogHer.com design. We are thrilled by the enthusiastic feedback we've received. Since then, we've continued to make improvements (with more to come in 2011). We'd love for you to dig in to BlogHer.com and tell us what you think. And since it is the season to give, we also want to offer you a chance to win some great prizes after you've taken a twirl around the site. Each week until the end of the year, we’ll be offering a chance at a fabulous prize for your feedback! ...more

I think the site layout makes sense and is pretty easy to navigate. I love that there are many ... more

Her Last Thanksgiving

It seems like it was a lifetime ago, and yesterday, all at the same time.  It was the night before Thanksgiving, 1992.  My mother had been released from the hospital that day, having spent ten days in first the critical care unit before being moved to a private room.  Her struggle to regain her strength after a spring and summer filled with chemotherapy and radiation had been rocky, at best.  She was just not bouncing back the way we all thought she would, or should.  ...more

Heather,

Thanks for your comment. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. I struggled with ... more