Can I Be That Mom? Saying No to Chick-Fil-A and Boy Scouts

My children -- while they definitely won’t have the problem of having restricted cartoon viewing or lack of alcohol exposure may, despite my best efforts, still come out of childhood feeling slighted. It’s hard to explain to your eight-year-old why you won’t match her in wearing her Susan B. Komen regalia when she thinks it’s so cool. To your ten year old why you don’t want him to be a Scout. To either of them why chicken nuggets and waffle fries have to be passed over....more
 @April Byrd Don't be flippant. And please don't toss around the word "proclaimed" like we're ...more

Can I Be That Mom? Saying No to Chick-Fil-A and Boy Scouts

My children -- while they definitely won’t have the problem of having restricted cartoon viewing or lack of alcohol exposure may, despite my best efforts, still come out of childhood feeling slighted. It’s hard to explain to your eight-year-old why you won’t match her in wearing her Susan B. Komen regalia when she thinks it’s so cool. To your ten year old why you don’t want him to be a Scout. To either of them why chicken nuggets and waffle fries have to be passed over....more
 @April Byrd Don't be flippant. And please don't toss around the word "proclaimed" like we're ...more

Jill Shalvis's Latest Book Hits Multiple Best Seller Lists + More

Jill Shalvis, blogger at Author Jill Shalvis and featured in the photo below, released her book Lucky in Love last month. The book hit the USA Today bestseller list and the New York Times bestseller list. Additionally, it made the NYT ebook list and the NYT ebook/print combined list. ...more

Good Morning y'all! I have a root canal planned for this morning. What are you guys up to? (insert eye roll here)

Good Morning y'all! I have a root canal planned for this morning. What are you guys up to? (insert eye roll here) ...more
 @SunbonnetSmart.com Hi Robin,  I did read all the links you posted and shared the information ...more

An international firefighter site shared our drunk driver post on FB and, holy moly, we got so much support over night!

An international firefighter site shared our drunk driver post on FB and, holy moly, we got so much support over night! ...more
Hello there, Jenna! Such fellowship out of such horror. Good for you in finding the ...more

Am I Creating Class Warfare in My Own Community?

We are doing pretty well. ...more
Class warfare...the one percent...all the cool code words for socialism...let's make the ...more

When the Bully Wins: Why Was This Allowed to Happen to My Daughter?

On the advice of legal counsel, I am temporarily pulling this post.  I hope you understand. Audrey *************...more
Audrey, you're very brave to write all of this out. I agree with Carol that we need some other ...more

Weeping at What John Cusack Did to Poe in "The Raven"

I apparently have to break my Friday night date with John Cusack. And I'm not happy about it.I mean, what do you do when a long-awaited movie rakes in horrible reviews? At this point all I know to do is wallow in melancholy and longing, mourning my lost love John-Cusack-as-Edgar-Allan-Poe. Or at least my lost Friday Night Movie Date John-Cusack-as-Edgar-Allan-Poe. Nevermore, John, Nevermore....more
Follow your instincts. See the movie! I have been a student of film for decades, and I have ...more

Not Everyone Had a "Mother" to Celebrate

I had a mother once, but not a real mother. She gave birth to me, but almost anyone can do that. I know deep, deep down, under and inside and probably wrapped up inside of something else and hidden in a corner of her, there was love for me.I believe in childbirth we give up the body of the child, but left behind is this powerful seed. Some people tend to it and embrace it as a gift. Not everyone does. Not everyone has a mom who paid attention to that burning in their chests and aching in their stomachs and inability to get your mind to rest at night. Not every new mother understands that this tiny baby is theirs and you are going to give up anything you have to just to keep it safe and to let it know it is loved....more
@BushidoWoman I am sorry but you are sadly not alone.  I think often that there are so many ...more

Dear Daughter

"You know spies; they're a bunch of bitchy little girls." -- Burn Notice Dear Daughter: You should know that you are hated. I'm not sure why they hate you. You didn't do anything to them. You don your princess crown, take up your sword, and pretend at Pokemon. You read your books and you learn how to draw comics and dragons and you play piano and practice kung fu. You delight in pretty dresses and weaponry. You love me when I nurture you as a mom, train with you as a warrior, and play video games and card games with you. ...more
Absolutely fabulous post.more