How to Deal With Allergies While Traveling

Traveling (especially international travel) when you suffer from allergies or intolerances might scare you away at first, but once you follow these simple steps, which I learned by trial and error during my travels, I promise you that you will stay healthy throughout your trip. ...more
My son has food allergies, and I have my own dietary issues - so I know how tough it is.  We ... more

Have Courage & Be Kind: What Cinderella Teaches Girls About Abuse

"Have courage and be kind." Those are the words that Cinderella's mother tells her right before she dies. When I was growing up, my father used to tell me to be careful of others because often people will take an act of kindness as a sign of weakness. In other words, in my effort to be nice, some may attempt to take advantage of me. ...more
Interestingly enough, I just saw someone on twitter mention their take on Cinderella, and I ... more

What's Your Most Embarrassing Sexual Experience?

My former roommate once shared a story with me about a man who came over to her home after a date and, in his sleep, peed in her bed. He also managed to pee on the carpet in her bedroom. He later blamed it on the alcohol, of course, but she was so repulsed and put off by his blunder, that she didn’t want to speak to him ever again. How could such a thing actually happen?...more
Most of my embarrassing stories these days involve my own klutziness.  I bruise easily, and ... more

RIP 'Selfie:' Are TV's Rom-Coms an Endangered Species?

I’ve felt a burning desire to re-watch The Office, or at least its second season, lately. I’ll give you two guesses why. If you guessed Jim and/or Pam, you’re absolutely right. ...more
I've been wondering if this is the HIMYM backlash, none of these romcoms surviving.  (Though ... more

When You Still Want to Blog Even Though You've Been Silenced

As some of you know, I’ve been all over the place on blogging. I’ve been a daily poster, blogging every day. At the moment, I’m considering myself accomplished if I post once or twice a week. Just enough so that my friends know I’m alive. You see, I’m finding blogging challenging. But it’s not because I’m burnt out. In my offline life, I’m in the middle of something I can’t write about. So I am chilled. Quieted. In multiple ways, silenced. ...more
I've been doing that, though I did touch on parts of The Thing in my life (though I have very ... more

All the Things Wrong With a 9-Year-Old Accidentally Killing Her Shooting Instructor

On Monday, a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot her gun instructor as he was teaching her how to handle an Uzi at anArizona gun range and popular tourist attraction called Burgers and Bullets. Image Credit: CNN...more
I've been trying to find the words to comment on this for awhile. I feel so bad for this little ... more

On Food Allergies and the First Day of School: She Was Okay

I breezed through the first day of school like an old pro today. I dropped my first grader off outside his classroom then made my way to kindergarten. My brave little girl sat stoically in her seat as I said my goodbyes. I threaded my way through the kindergarten parents clustered around the donut table in the courtyard. Sniffling while their little babies said the pledge of allegiance for the first time behind the closed doors. My carefully averted eyes giving them privacy and refusing to allow their emotions to affect me. I didn't stop for a donut—or a tissue. ...more
But what is it with adults being surprised when kids with allergies know what they're allergic ... more

The Girl Who Wanted To Be A Boy

Disclaimer:  I realize this is a sensitive subject for many.  Please, understand this was not written with a heart of condemnation, but rather with a heart wanting to understand. ...more
I do think there's a lot more to all of this than a child saying they were a tomboy and parents ... more

Joan Rivers Has Become The Thing That You Know When You See It

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once famously defined obscenity as something he knows when he sees. The "you know it when you see it" defense is indefinable, but yet people generally agree there are lines in society. We know when they've been crossed. We just know. Recently Joan Rivers' positively awful behavior rendered Joan herself as that indefinable thing. She's gone from critical to contemptible, and now we must throw our collective hands up and beg her to please just stop. Just stop. Really. You're not funny at all. To anyone. ...more
It's incredibly frustrating.  You look at Joan Rivers as she was as a young comedienne, and she ... more

Vegan-ish?: Not Eating Meat, Except When You Do

Over the last 43 years, I've been a vegan, a vegetarian, and a meat-eater. Now I think of myself as vegan-ish....more
How about an ethical eater?  Even if there are slip ups along the way- it has less to do with ... more