NaBloPoMo November 2011 Writing Prompts

If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in November -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. ...more
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A Bully Is As A Bully Does: Is This A Bully or a Crush Gone Bad?

What happens when the bully is a girl and the target is a boy? What if the bully, in pursuit of her crush on a boy, is a relentless harasser -- a girl who won’t take no for an answer? She doesn’t mean to be a bully. And no one views her this way, not even the boy. No one sees her as the bully she that is, except me, the boy’s mother, of course.Already tricky waters, bullying often defies easy answers and cookie-cutter responses. And when you add a twisted gender-romance component, the complications multiply....more
It's scary how illequipped teachers, counselors and schools in general are to handle these ... more

I'm Terrified of This New School Year

While a large majority of parents are looking forward to school starting again, I am not. You see, my son has some major learning challenges and school to this point has been hell for everyone involved. He's miserable, we're desperate and the teachers are insane. Will and school have not mixed well and we are all wearing the battle scars from five years of fighting to help him learn, fighting to help him control his behavior, fighting to keep him out of trouble for things he is unable to control....more
I'm so sorry school is such a challenge for you and your son. My youngest has also made school a ... more

Ghost Chickens In The Sky

"Ghost chickens," boomed a broken baritone near my head.  Imagine my surprise the other day when my 15-year-old burst into song in the grocery store. In public. Within earshot of a very cute young lady at the cash register.  "Ghost chickens in the sky," the voice rang out again....more
I too have lately made a concious effort to find more happy. One of the ways I'm doing it is ... more

Call Me Old - Fashioned...

Do you remember the days at the supper table? The phone would ring and nobody would answer it because you were eating. It didn't matter what who was calling because it had to wait. Meal Time was family time regardless if you were crying over meatloaf and canned peas... We always seem to be wired no matter where we go or what we do. It has become a part of our life. But isn't there a time when we need to take a break from the connectivity. Isn't supper time family time? ...more
Absolutely! I have a hard time getting everyone around the table, try as I might, but we ... more

Looking For Big Numbers

bridget Bridgetstraub.com As I have begun working my way through this maze that is the blogging world, I have discovered an amazing array of writers, many of whom I now follow. I enjoy their wit, courage and ingenuity. I am also in awe of their numbers. Many of them (but not all) get anywhere from twenty to a hundred or more comments on their posts, and they have a staggering amount of followers....more
@victorias_view Which I do offten and will now do for you. ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes: Share A Moment - Enter to Win $250

What is a Life Well Lived Moment to you? Is it when you feel confident because you’re looking your best? Does it happen when you’re feeling buttoned up, organized and on top of the world? Or does it come when you feel happy, content and in charge of your life? Whatever that moment, whenever it comes, however it looks to you -- we want to hear about it! Please share your Life Well Lived Moment below in the comments* to be entered to win a $250 Visa gift card. ...more
My life well lived moment came just yesterday when my eleven year old daughter came home from a ... more