10 Life Lessons I've Taught My Children

I've spent 24+ years being a parent, and if there's anything I know for sure, it's this: Children learn what they live. You can talk until you're blue in the face, but if you don't act as you speak, your kids won't take to heart the things that you say. Among many others, here are 10 things I taught my now-grown children—guidelines that work for me and that I follow nearly all the time. It's not easy figuring out grown-up life, but hopefully these things help them as often as possible. ...more
I like this!  I too have been parenting for about 24 years and some of these are also on my ...more

BlogHer'14 - Meeting Kerry Washington, Being a Mentor and More

Because I am an Introvert...It's the Saturday night of BlogHer'14, and unlike 90% of the attendees, I am holed up in my hotel room, the events of the past 3 days finally having caught up with me in a big way. Not being much of a party girl I have opted to pass on the closing celebration....more

What I Would Like to See Melissa McCarthy Doing

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The Night I Became a Teenager

In the fall of 1975 I went to a birthday party.  It was a time when we were quite impressed with ourselves, my friends and I. We had the right clothes - overalls and carpenter pants, Frye boots and Huck-a-Poo shirts, and we were, for the most part, unsupervised most of the time, free to smoke cigarettes and pot and drink cheap beer. We were so young, but, due to our proximity to New York City and the availability of money and free time, we were a lot more sophisticated than we should have been....more

How My Family Celebrates Passover

It's that time of the year again: when we boil eggs, cook for days, and gather with family and friends to celebrate a very important  holiday. And no, I don't mean Easter--I mean Passover. ...more
Passover is my favorite holiday. i love all the prep work and all the food (even though I can no ...more

When It's Time to Let a Friend Go

I recently saw a series of photos on Facebook of friends from college who had gathered together in San Diego for a few days of fun. They were the usual types of images – laughing at a bar, standing in front of the ocean – you know the drill. It was fun to see the photos until I realized something was missing.I wasn’t there....more

A Book to Read and a Movie to See

I love to read, but the more blogging and writing I do, the less time and energy I have for books – an occupational hazard of sorts. I am much more easily distracted than I used to be – blame it on social media, aging, sudden onset ADD – who knows – so when a book grabs my attention and keeps it from the start, I know it’s a good one....more

The BlogHer12 Advice I Received From a Seven Year Old

Here’s the riddle my seven year old nephew Ryan asked me when I saw him a few days ago.“Imagine you’re in a box with no way to get out. But you have to get out. How would you escape?”The answer? “Stop imagining.”Well you could have knocked me over with a feather. Doesn’t this sound like a good way to look at a lot of things? If you just stop imagining all of the bad things, stop envisioning the worst that could happen, guess what? Those bad, worst things most likely won’t happen....more

The New York Times Meh List - a Weekly Bit of Amusement

One of my favorite activities each week is reading the Sunday edition of the New York Times. Though I’ve lived in Southern California for 36 years, I still have quite a bit of New York in me. I never read the Times when I lived there – I was only fourteen when we moved away. But my mother did the crossword puzzle every Sunday, and I have followed her lead. Doing the Sunday puzzle can sometimes be so frustrating it make me want to scream, but I keep at it, and every so often I actually finish one....more
@biggeidea what's the NYT done for me lately, though? Renzo Piano? Over it!more

How Bloggers are Like Seventies Rockers as the True Voices of Their Times

Bloggers have become some of the least-censored cultural voice of our time, much like musicians were to the 1960s, 70s and 80s. With complete autonomy to say what we think, to interpret the world in our unique way, bloggers are free to say whatever we want. Like musicians, there are bloggers who appeal to some and not others -– there are those voices that ring true for hundreds of thousands, and those that have an audience of a dozen or so. ...more
 @tiasavingcents rock on back at you!more