What If You Found Out Your Spouse Was an Internet Troll?

Jezebel had a story today from Reddit about a woman who discovered her husband of six years was an Internet troll.  According to the poster, she discovered this accidentally on their shared computer after her husband went to work for the day.  After she realized the extent of his online activities spewing hate at strangers, she confronted him and was told that he used his trolling as an emotional release. Well. Some people eat chocolate or go running.  Others tell teenagers that they're ugly and should go kill themselves. ...more
Excellent questions. I've been wondering some of the same since I saw the headline - after I got ... more

Finding the Line: When Life Gives You Lemons, Blog About Lemonade

One of the hardest parts about being a blogger is finding where you draw the line between venting and sharing. We all use our blogs in a cathartic way. It's the nature of who we are and what we do. Bloggers tell their story, and sometimes, your story is about the people who piss you off, or the people who hurt you, or the people who've taken advantage of you. How do we address that without crossing the line into self-indulgence? ...more
Excellent, excellent post. I'm sticking this on a post it note and gluing it to my computer: ... more

Hate Letter Sent to Mother of Autistic Child

While the intent of Laughing Mom is to take a lighthearted break from the challenges of parenting, every now and again I come across a current event piece that just can't go by unnoticed. I suspect my Canadian readers will already have seen this as it has been getting a lot of press this side of the border. Imagine: You are the mother of 13-year-old Maxwell. He enjoys visiting his grandmother and jumping on her trampoline. One day, you receive this (anonymous) letter in the mail. ...more
Someone shared this with me yesterday and it brought me to tears. My day job is at an ... more

Should We Stop Blaming Facebook for Our Unhappiness?

The Atlantic has released a few articles over the years about how Facebook affects our overall happiness, but recently, they suggested another way of looking at the situation: perhaps we need to stop blaming Facebook for our unhappiness.  In other words, we may be misusing Facebook and then blaming the site when our actions bring about our discontent. ...more
I fall into the trap of wanting to skype, text or even FB message rather than talk so often. ... more

Which of the U.S. National Parks Have You Visited?

Have you ever visited any of the of over 400 national parks that are part of the United States National Park Service? It's one of the best ways to get a first-hand view of this beautiful country in all its variation and wonder. I've watched alligators slither through the river of grass from an air boat on the Florida Everglades. I've seen the sun rise over the dormant volcano Haleakala on Maui....more
Several years ago, my hubby and I packed up the car and spent two years doing exactly this! Our ... more

Advice from a Surrogate to Intended Parents

I am a former gestational carrier. In 2006, I delivered a healthy baby boy to his parents. Unlike most other surrogates, I have also experienced a personal battle with infertility. Due to a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), I needed fertility treatments to achieve each of my pregnancies. Which means that while I have the perspective of a gestational carrier, I also have been an expectant mother after infertility. Being an expectant mother after infertility is an emotional blend of excitement and worry. Being an expectant mother via surrogacy adds in a unique layer of feelings and concerns. ...more
@ichoosethesun  soaking up as much information as possible is a fantastic idea. We are 20 weeks ... more

Using the Internet to Find Your Community

The process of finding your community has changed a lot since the internet came into being. It used to be that we'd have to head out in our actual physical community and attempt to find the people with the same interests as us. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. If it didn't work, you could feel very isolated. When the internet came along, we could find and connect with people that shared those interests from all around the world....more
Finding an online community has helped me through several stages in my life. First, as we were ... more

Real-Life Erotica: Diary of a Submissive

When I look back at 2012, I may very well remember it as the year everyone seemed to discover erotica. I've been reading romance book blogs for years, so I've always been a bit aware of what was happening in the world of erotica, but this year, it went mainstream. While it's been great to see readers expanding their literary circles, nonfiction erotica hasn't been as fully explored as fiction. Enter Diary of a Submissive, the true life history of Sophie Morgan. ...more
Ditto here. Found myself truly enjoying the non-erotic pieces of the book and wishing there were ... more

Where Do You Find Confidence?

Confidence takes many forms. We can have confidence in our abilities. We can have confidence in our personal relationships. Most of all, we can have confidence in ourselves. In Diary of a Submissive, Sophie Morgan shares her story about how she found the confidence to not only take what life threw at her, but also to seek the things she really wanted in life. ...more
What a fantastic question. Like others here, I think in my younger years, I needed, truly ... more

Tracking Your Life on Your Blog Sidebar: Are You a Self-Quantifier?

I’m older now. My checklists and charts are now mostly electronic. But they are still there. It seems they may have even multiplied.  Before I walk anywhere, I turn the pedometer on in one of my handy phone apps. Every weekend, I make a list of things to do, activities to complete, food to make and systematically check the items off on my iPad, keeping track of what was done, what still needs to be completed. I’ve tried time and time again to keep a food journal – that eventually fades out after a few days – but I know people who swear by programs like Lose It to keep them focused on their weight loss goals. Running almost never happens without my RunKeeper app coming along with me. (why’s that girl running with her phone? Oh non-quantifier, you wouldn’t understand.) ...more
 @Lavender Luz  You and my husband should hang out. I think he has a spreadsheet for everything. ... more