PSA: Listen To Your Body!

Show of hands: how many of you listen to your body? Uh-huh. Same here. Over the years I have been a pretty stubborn person when it comes to going to the doctor. I’m not talking about physicals and womanly checkups and such. Those I do, no problem. What I mean is, when something out-of-the-ordinary comes up, I typically dig my heels in for as long as possible (Queen of Denial) rather than call my doctor. I usually make the call once Jim and I get into an argument discussion about how hard-headed I am. ...more
Thank you for sharing this important message.  I have had a couple of times in my life where I ... more

It's About Choice, and We're Choosing Public School Over Private School

Last summer, a neighbor and I were having a pleasant chat at the park while our kids were playing. She has two girls ages 8 and 10 who attend our neighborhood private school. She waxed eloquently about the benefits of said school (which I do not dispute), and assumed I was going to send my kids there too. When I casually replied that I was planning on sending my son and my daughter to the local public school, she went red in the face and started sputtering. She informed me that everyone in our part of the neighborhood sends their kids to the private school. I quite nicely said that I understand, but it’s important to us that we support the public school system....more
I have to say that I really like the public school my children attend.  We have had them ... more

Fashion Industry, You're Fired.

Both music and fashion reside under an aging idea that they decide what is hot and what isn't. In reality, the big guns in both industries are severely out of touch with changing social climates. Old concepts don't hold true anymore. Runways don't decide beauty in clothes any more than they do in people, and people with normal average sizes have a harder and harder time finding clothes that are flattering/fitting because they are all designed for people considerably smaller....more
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Squeeze and Release: The Joys of Teaching

The pressure that's squeezed me for months has loosened. It had gotten progressively stronger, more forceful, wringing me exhausted even before the morning started. It's loosened, but it's not gone, and I know that it won't ever fully leave. I will get periodic reprieves, opportunities to rest, and I must make the most of those moments so that I am girded and ready when the pressure tightens again. ...more
This definitely puts words to the feelings I've had since my semester ended last Friday. As a ... more

We're Not Co-Sleeping... or Using a Crib

Has your mom ever called you crazy for a parenting decision you've made? Maybe your mother-in-law? Tara, at Tall Tara, has endured such things from her mom (though her mother-in-law has been too polite to say it) because they're not using a crib for their adorable baby. Unlike the to-cosleep-or-crib-your-baby arguments, Tara and her husband have chosen a no crib, bed-on-the-the-floor option. Have you heard of this before? ...more
Sounds like an interesting idea that makes a lot of sense. more

[VIDEO] Lady Gaga's Moving Tribute to Teen Suicide Victim Jamey Rodemeyer

[Editor's Note: YouTube was forced to remove the original video due to a claim from clear channel media...which really gets my goat because this is a message that is more important than royalties CLEAR CHANNEL - get a clue. I've replaced it with a rogue video, and will continue to find new videos should this one be removed.]...more
If Jamey could only have seen the support he got after his death, he would have known he was not ... more

I'm Supposed to Play with These Kids?

I actually considered not writing this, even though I felt compelled to do so. Because this borders a little too closely on something I may want to pretend doesn’t exist. Something I may deny. Something my ego hates to admit. Most of the time, I pretty much can’t stand playing with my kids....more

Reading this really made my day. That sounds terrible, but it's true. I honestly thought I was ... more

Stone Soup Mondays: Your Favourite Blog Posts of the Week

The reality is that we all read these great posts during the week. We Stumble them, we Tweet about them, we even write a blog post in our own space responding to the ideas we read. I'd like to take a moment each week to gather up the best reads of the week -- from last Sunday to this Monday. In other words, this ongoing, weekly thread is a receptacle for all those great posts you read on the Internet and want others to read too. ...more

I appreciate you sharing this post. As someone who has never been near a tornado I just can't ... more

Stone Soup Mondays: Your Favourite Blog Posts of the Week

The reality is that we all read these great posts during the week. We Stumble them, we Tweet about them, we even write a blog post in our own space responding to the ideas we read. I'd like to take a moment each week to gather up the best reads of the week -- from last Sunday to this Monday. In other words, this ongoing, weekly thread is a receptacle for all those great posts you read on the Internet and want others to read too. ...more

I love this idea! I could leave a million links, it seems. Every day I find several posts from ... more

Toddlers and Tiaras? I Was A Baby Beauty Queen

I still remember getting all dolled up the night of the pageant (I didn't understand that the shows were taped in advance -- it took me a minute to get over the fact that we were going in at night when the show aired on Saturday mornings). My mom's side of the family was there, too; it was a big deal, you know? I remember to this day how positive I was that I was going to win. I had a grandmother who doted on me, after all, and that sort of positive reinforcement is difficult to ignore. ...more

I HAVE watched a couple of episodes of the Toddles and Tiaras, and I can't believe what parents ... more