Shana Aborn

Editor: Formerly on staff at Ladies' Home Journal and MAMM, I'm currently... read more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Open Thread for November NaBloPoMo Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is an open thread for people to post a link to their daily November NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the comment section below to add your post, and peruse the comment section in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
If you're single at Thanksgiving, remind yourself of all the people who are thankful for you. ...more

What Does Forgiveness Look Like?

I thought a lot about forgiveness while reading Margaret Dilloway's How to Be an American Housewife. What does it mean to forgive? Have I ever sought it the way the characters have? Is there someone in my past that I have not forgiven?...more
I am not a forgiving person. I'm a you-get-one-chance-so-don't-blow-it person.more

Halloween Needs More Death

As Halloween approaches, it brings a tide of childhood memories: handmade princess costumes, the joy of free candy, the rule among my peers to hold our breath when passing a cemetery so we wouldn't ‘catch’ death. As children, it seemed that simple not to die, and secular America hasn't outgrown that belief. But by ignoring and hiding death, we remain helpless against our fundamental fear of it. Through my practice of mindfulness meditation I have discovered just how fearful and resistant I am to the concept of death as I develop a mindful approach to facing it. ...more
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Dear Tim Gunn, Does It REALLY Matter What Size Her Dress Is?

Dear Mr. Gunn,May I call you Tim?  You can call me Audrey.   I figure the less formal we are, the better chance I have of being able to convince you that there is a real person underneath the additional 200lbs I'm carrying, and worry less about what double-digit dress size I am....more
 @audreyh68 I think it's interesting that you are so adamant about not being judged for your ...more

What if Your Child Turns Out GAY??

What if your child turns out gay?                            ...more
I don't think that there is a need for a parent to even mind at all bugging themselves about the ...more

CPS Showed Up at My Door: An On-Going Lesson in Consequences

I received a knock on my door this afternoon, and when I answered it I was met by a small, blonde woman who announced that she was from child protective services and she needed to talk to me. If you've never had that experience (and I hope you never have), let me try to describe how it feels. Your heart starts racing. Your mind starts spinning, frantically trying to recall something -- anything -- that could warrant a visit from CPS. I was in full panic mode, but trying my very best to hold it together. Or to at least not pass out....more
Wow. What a horrifically sad use of resources. I wonder how many children were injured, ...more

Enemy, Thine Name is Cake Pops

Cake Pops.  Peaking in popularity, they are everything a girl with a sugar habit could ever want: cute, tiny, delicious balls of sugar and cuteness.They are my enemy.  Cake Pops....more
I have vowed to give up anything that requires the use of melted chocolate candy. ANYTHING! ...more

Our 9/11 Stories: Share Your Posts About September 11, 2001

Editor's note: Last year, we called for you to share your posts on the events of September 11, 2001. More than 200 bloggers responded. We're honoring this tradition again this year, and invite you to read these bloggers' stories and contribute your own. -- Julie We've seen a LOT of stories in the media about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93. We've also seen, and maybe felt, that many of us are sick of the story in the media. ...more
I have been sharing my story ever since.  http://artievanwhy.commore