So This Is Marriage: 11 Years, a Family, and Many Beer Mugs Later

“Could you?” He starts, handing me the ridiculously large Mason jar he keeps at his bedside, an ode and a tease to my latest kitchenware obsession. I reach for it with my right hand without looking up from my laptop. He fits it between my splayed fingers and I go fill it up. “Spoiled,” I say over my shoulder. “You know it,” he answers in the crinkly-eyed way that I love. ...more
This? Is beautiful. I feel the same way about mine. more

Lori Holden is Interviewed by Adoptive Families Magazine + More

Lori Holden of LavenderLuz.com was interviewed in the January/February edition of Adoptive Families magazine in an article titled, A Meeting of the Open Minds. The online version is available here. ...more
Thank you for including my book! I so appreciate it. :-) more

Marriage, Divorce and 'Parenthood:' Come ON, Joel and Julia

**Spoiler Alert: You might not want to read this if you aren’t current with Parenthood episodes**...more
Brilliant as always Ann. :-) I didn't even know this series existed (we're catching up on ... more

Crossing the Reality Line and Why I Don't Think You Can Watch 'The Bachelor' Now, Even to Make Fun of It

Oh, man. Here we go again. Were the producers at ABC's The Bachelor jealous of the social media attention Duck Dynasty received, or was Juan Pablo going rogue when he called gay people "more perverse in a sense?" You can read about his comments, made at an ABC press event, here. An audio of the interview is also available.  ...more
I miss all the reality shows in France, thank goodness. I watch DVD series of mindless things I ... more

Announcing BlogHer '14 Keynote Speaker: Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess

I know we may all be distracted by the impending holidays (as am I, make no mistake) -- but we have such wonderful news, I hope you'll forgive this station break to announce (on the heels of unveiling our 10x10 Project earlier this week) another BlogHer '14 keynote speaker: Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess. ...more
So Jenny, you'll have time to hang out with each and every one of us and have deep and ... more

I'm Jealous of Mothers with One Child

Not too long ago I sat around a table of other moms at a coffee bar, chatting about this and that and so on and so forth. I joined in by telling them about a mom blogger I admire, who jaunts around town, experiencing and writing about her fabulous life in the city. You know, with her ONE kid... And I emphasized the whole conversation with a big fat eye roll. Which was awkward, because I was sitting at a table SURROUNDED by women who had only ONE CHILD. And that's when I swallowed my gangly foot. ...more
I always wanted twins UNTIL I had my first baby. Then I never wanted twins again. I think you ... more

I Did Nothing While She Hurled Abuses At Them

I imagined her saying I don't need your help. Truth be told, I didn't have anything to help her with other than maybe talking to her kids while she zoned out for a while. My daughter and I got on the bus, our first day of catching it together. Our first day of her getting off and transferring to another to go to school; me staying on to get on the subway, me staying on to watch her walk to a bus stop that leaves a lot to be desired as far as safety. Please pay attention to your surroundings. Please. ...more
I have NOT spoken up more than I have. It's a paralyzing feeling, and I felt the anguish with ... more

Advice for New(ish) Bloggers

10 months ago, I started a little business. It's been a dream of mine for a while now, being my own boss, setting my own hours, loving what I do, and doing what I love. It has taken me 12 years to get here. Blogging got me here. If I say this to someone who doesn't blog, or doesn't read any blogs, they will likely shake their heads and move on. To the many who started a blog just to document family moments, or just write, and find themselves in careers they never envisioned possible (social media consultants, community managers, brand ambassadors, published authors, freelance writers, website designers, the list goes on), they will understand. ...more
Awesome advice Alison! It's only taken me a couple of years to get it. ;-) more

Don't Hide: Talk about Mental Illness

Something Something has a very moving post about hiding mental illness; how easy it is sometimes to fool the people around you into believing that all is fine when all is definitely not. The post is a call to speak up, a story about what happens when you finally do. It isn't all hugs and unicorns, but Something Something gives a panoramic view of the good and the bad, both of which are reasons to not keep mental illness to yourself. ...more
Kimberly does a great job with this post. Heart-wrenching and educative. more

Happy Bastille Day: How to Serve (and Eat) a Cheese Course

Are you planning to visit France? Eat in a French restaurant? Meet your future French in-laws? There is a certain cheese etiquette that must be followed. ...more
@wdolderer Oh my goodness - I just saw that this post came up again and there was a new comment. ... more