Announcing: Birds of a Feather Lunch on Friday at BlogHer '13

BlogHer is just over a week away (GULP) and we know that your excitement is about as strong as your nerves right now. Meeting your online friends and collegaues IRL is both amazing and terrifying, and we'd like to help you get get by with a little help from your friends....more
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Announcing: Birds of a Feather Lunch on Friday at BlogHer '13

BlogHer is just over a week away (GULP) and we know that your excitement is about as strong as your nerves right now. Meeting your online friends and collegaues IRL is both amazing and terrifying, and we'd like to help you get get by with a little help from your friends....more
Food Bloggers more

Things I Learned Taking My Teen to Ghana, West Africa

Before I had kids I always imagined that my brood would be a globe-trotting one, with summer breaks spent introducing my kids to the rest of the world and vice versa. Now that I actually have kids, I've realized those daydreams were a bit of a stretch -- my two youngest kids would rather stay home unless we're going to their grandparents' homes or Disneyland, and my husband's vacation time allotment, while generous, is not unlimited. But that doesn't mean I can't still wring out the occasional jaunt, which is how I ended up taking my fourteen-year-old daughter to Ghana. ...more
Wonderful story!  We've traveled with our kids as soon as we were able - they're 6 and 9 now and ... more

Generational Challenge: Handling Religious Differences

Recent news events have led me to wonder: what do you do when your values no longer mirror those of your parents? And how does that affect how you raise your children? Let me explain.I grew up as a holiday Methodist, meaning we went to church on major holidays and occasionally threw in another Sunday or two throughout the year. I went through confirmation classes as a teenager but never joined a church. After high school, I headed to college where many of my world views were solidified and I became increasingly agnostic. In the meantime, my parents became evangelical Christians....more
Hi - boy do I relate!  My family is Christian, not quite evangelical but very involved.  We (my ... more

Each Story is Different

Stephen Dau's The Book of Jonas is about a story that needed to be told. Jonas hid from his story because, I believe, he didn't want to remember it. Rose sought his story because she felt that it was really important to her. Neither of them could move forward until the story was told. ...more
I've hid from my story for a long time and it was only recently that I felt comfortable enough ... more

Losing Everything and Seeking Truth

In Stephen Dau's novel The Book of Jonas, there is a lot of loss. Jonas loses pretty much everything. Rose feels as though she's lost almost as much. Yet they deal with loss in very different ways. Jonas walks away from it while Rose makes it a central part of her life. ...more
I really think that Jonas dealt with his loss the only way he knew how.  I don't think he ever ... more

Losing Everything and Seeking Truth

In Stephen Dau's novel The Book of Jonas, there is a lot of loss. Jonas loses pretty much everything. Rose feels as though she's lost almost as much. Yet they deal with loss in very different ways. Jonas walks away from it while Rose makes it a central part of her life. ...more
I really think that Jonas dealt with his loss the only way he knew how.  I don't think he ever ... more

Is 2.9 Million Worth the World -- and Your Child -- Knowing You Would Have Rather Aborted?

Dear Mother in Portland, How do you tell your family and friends that you would have “aborted” your daughter? How do you sleep at night… knowing that they have all heard those words? Because you can’t say: “I want money because I would have aborted you,” and “But, I love you” in the same sentence. I’ve heard you try to say it, but you can’t. I hope this lawsuit is worth it....more
So what if it wasn't the birth? What if the girl was born and had to have a surgery to repair ... more

Have You Been on a Picnic?

In Seré Prince Halverson's The Underside of Joy, Ella found herself faced with many decisions after Joe's death. Most, especially those involving the children, were difficult to make. Perhaps the one I enjoyed the most was what she decided to do with the failing family business. ...more
I loved the descriptions of this store in it's grocery store and Life's A Picnic format. It ... more

Would You Do What Ella Did?

In Seré Prince Halverson's The Underside of Joy, Ella had to make some very important decisions. It was never a question of if she would fight Paige's petition for custody of the children, but how she would fight it. Would she be honest? Would she give all the information that she had on hand? ...more
At first I was really angry with Ella. I wanted her to be stronger - to stand up to the birth ... more