Tattoos Are Like Time Capsules

Sadly, I’m a pretty vanilla-looking person despite my best efforts not to be. I so want to be Courtney Love, but no matter what I do, I end up being Laura Petrie. ...more
I got a very small tattoo on my shoulder when I was 37 - small as in about the size of a half ... 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
I think we need to stop giving any attention to this hateful woman. Her "humor" is all based on ... more

"You Have Dense Breasts": This Information May Save Your Life

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, I was told by the mammography radiologist that I had dense breasts.  This was the first time I had ever heard this, and I'd been getting mammograms for 10 years. In fact, I had never heard of dense breasts before and asked him what he meant.  He explained "Your breasts are really dense and so the mammogram isn't able to see if there are any other lumps or suspicious areas in them."  I pressed for more information and he then explained that when breast tissue is dense, it's more fibrous instead of fatty which makes it very difficult to see anything in them, even with a mammogram. ...more
I have a strong family history of breast cancer, so when I had the opportunity, I got my ... more

Gone but not forgotten

I have a retired blog, one that ran for more than three years. I had over 1,000 posts and nearly 20,000 comments. I'm not saying that in any way to brag, not that it's much to boast about, but only to illustrate that I was actively publishing my stuff there....more
Darcie, and Robin what is working for you, may not be for me. The bloggers that I started with ... more

We Want a Puppy! Shelter or Breeder?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, Our family has decided to get a puppy. We're very excited about this, however, my husband and I are disagreeing about where to get the dog. I want to get one from the city shelter, but he thinks we should get one from a breeder instead. Cost aside ($100 at the shelter vs. $3,000 at the breeder), it just doesn't feel right to me, but he says he feels a dog from a breeder is "safer." What can I do to help him change his mind and give a needy dog a home? Signed, Puppy Love -------------------------------------------...more
Every pet I've owned has been a rescue dog or cat, and they have been full members of my family. ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your May Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily May NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
My weekly photo hike was spent playing in the ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Open Thread for November NaBloPoMo Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is an open thread for people to post a link to their daily November NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the comment section below to add your post, and peruse the comment section in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
Here are my NaBloPoMo posts so far: Nov. 1: ... more

Are Kids Overmedicated, Really? Interview With Judith Warner, Author of We've Got Issues

This week I sent my daughter off to first grade. She's a happy, well adjusted kid. Sort of not at all like I was. ...more

My son was diagnosed at age 12 with ODC, ADHD and panic anxiety disorder. In hindsight, he had ... more

Make it Count: The Video at BlogHer '10

In honor of tonight's amazing BlogHer 2010 Voices of the Year Gala and Art Auction curated by Kirtsy, we asked the brilliant Katherine Center to make a short movie inspired by the power and beauty of women who blog -- and the difference we could all make together with an auction to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico. ...more

I didn't get a chance to go to BlogHer this year, but was thrilled to be asked to use some of my ... more

Parenting Teens: Piercings and Tattoos?

On the other hand, my 15-year-old daughter wants piercings. Multiple. Belly button, a rod in the ear, various other places -- although not breast or labial, thank God. But I'm not a big fan of piercings, and she trains Muay Thai. I've known girls who had piercings ripped out while sparring. So I told her no. ...more

I have a tattoo so when my daughter said she wanted one, I told her fine, but she had to at ... more