Vitamin D and Your Skin

We all know that Vitamin D is essential to good health, but how does one reconcile the need for Vitamin D, which humans can synthesize through sun exposure, with the need to protect your skin from skin cancer and, if we can be vain for a moment, unnecessary aging?  I’ve written about this subject in the past (see my previous post), but armed with some new information on the subject I thought it was time to revisit this controversy....more
Vitamin D3 also seems to reduce hot flashes, not sure why!  But I started 5000 mg on advice of ... more

'Pink Slime' Controversy Needs Whistleblowers

Media coverage and public concerns regarding "pink slime" – ammoniated beef trimmings produced by Beef Products, Inc. (BPI) – have not let up since last week's announcement that the USDA plans to purchase seven million pounds of BPI's questionable product for the national school lunch program. ...more
I think that may be the nastiest thing I've ever seen.   more

What to Do When Your Blog is Removed

I knew that my blog was important to me. I knew that it was responsible for finding good friends, connecting with others in the Adoption/Loss/Infertility community and really coming to terms with my own experience with infertility and loss. Yesterday I realized my blog is almost a physical part of me. And when it was taken away, I ached. I was numb. I was in shock. I couldn’t sleep. ...more
Thanks for the heads up!  I certainly will be backing up mine, thank you so much for the warning.   more

Oscar Movies That Would Have Been Better with Female Leads

The Academy Awards are on Sunday and while we’re all wondering if Viola Davis and The Help or George Clooney and The Descendants will take home big prizes, the approach of Oscar night got me to thinking about the need for more leading roles for women in big movies....more
I nominate the comatose "Chariots of Fire" (1981)--if they'd made it about women competing (like ... more

Flourishing Pet Trade Threatens Orangutans' Survival

"Having a pet orangutan is a status symbol," I was told by my Indonesian friend Ria, who lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital. Doesn't matter if the animal lives in a small, dirty cage behind the house, which most do; it's still a social asset to have one. Image: Chris Shepherd via TRAFFIC ...more
I have reposted this on Facebook... just CRIMINAL!  They are such sensitive and intelligent ... more

Will You Be Blogging in 10 Years?

I wrote my first poem sometime around the age of 8.  I started writing short stories in high school. In 1997-1998 I wrote a novel that never really saw the light of day.  In 1999, I entered graduate school to pursue a master’s in creative writing. I finished in 2002 with a thesis containing a collection of short stories.  When I finished, I asked one of my professors how many of the writing program’s alumni were still writing.  “Not many,” he said. ...more


..and I really can't say why.  I had ... more

Juan Williams calls Michelle Obama "Stokely Carmichael in a dress"

NPR and Fox contributor Juan Williams is catching flak after his televised comments last night that First Lady (and Blogher contributor) Michelle Obama "has this Stokely-Carmichael-in-a-designer-dress thing going" and that she'll be an "albatross" for President Obama. Williams made the comment in an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor alongside BlogHer Contributing Editor Mary Katharine Ham. ...more

He's always been like this; I first remember him making his
career by attacking Anita Hill.  He ... more

The conservative female scapegoat

By the time dusk fell on the evening of November 4th, the GOP party looked at their Reaganite ideal of a "shining city on a hill" now dust under their feet. History was made, in more ways than one. ...more

They put a joe sixpack hockey mom in Prada, hoping the sparkle and
bling would ... more

Burma - and the obligation to speak the truth


I posted on political prisoner Myo Min Zaw. Thank you so much for letting us get the word ... more