I Was Racially Profiled and This is What I Did

This morning, after I dropped the girls off at school, I donned my mom uniform (jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops, purse and sunglasses) and went out to run some errands. I needed to get them done and get home before noon because this weekend has the potential to be just ridiculously crazy-busy. I need to get prepared. So, off I went.       ...more
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Old Reader is Closing... Time to Move Again

The announcement of Google Reader's demise sent blog readers scrambling for new RSS reader alternatives.  Feedly, Netvibes, and Bloglovin scooped up a lot of new users, as did Old Reader.  Which will disappoint a lot of new users who learned today that Old Reader is closing down user sign-up and bumping off all the new users they gathered since Google's announcement. Yep, it's time to move again. ...more
I have been using Bloglovin'. It isn't bad. more

Do We Ever Really Leave High School?

Lissy Ryder, the main character in Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, never really left high school. She hit her peak during those four years and stopped growing and reaching. When she discovered there is life after high school it was a complete and total shock. While we may not all be like Lissy, I still see references every week online to things being just like high school....more
I sure hope so, but I'm not convinced. Some of the cliques and other social situations seem to ... more

Who Do You Want To Be?

When we first met Lissy Ryder in Jen Lancaster's novel Here I Go Again, she didn't know who she wanted to be. She was still focused on who she had been. Her high school days has been her glory days, so why should she want to be any different than she was in her teens? During the course of the novel she learns that if you stay who you were, you'll never become who you are supposed to be....more
When I was in high school, I wanted to go into a career in computer networking. I wish I had ... more

Would You Like To Go Back In Time?

In Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, Lissy Ryder is given a potion that can help her right all her wrongs. Being the person she is, Lissy doesn't approach it cautiously. No, she throws it back like it's an espresso shot. When she wakes up and realizes she's back in the past -- back in high school -- she's elated. That would not be my reaction. ...more
The idea of time travel sounds intriguing, but I'm afraid I'd go back, try to fix things I did ... more

Music Tells Your Story

One of the things I probably identified the most with in Jen Lancaster's Here I Go Again were the discussions between Lissy and Brian about music. When you are teenager, few things feel bigger than the music you listen to in high school. It becomes the soundtrack for that part of your life, and you carry it with you going forward....more
"Everything You Want" by Vertical Horizon. That song brings me back to the year I was the editor ... more

Announcing Katie Couric as Keynote Speaker at BlogHer '12!

In case you weren't excited enough about BlogHer '12 in New York City, we're happy to announce that Katie Couric will be our lunch keynote speaker on Saturday, August 4! That's right! While you enjoy lunch, this award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular television host will be on stage with BlogHer Co-Founder Lisa Stone talking about her life as she embarks on a new journey, her new show Katie....more
 @Alex@LateEnough  Me too! I like Katie Couric.  more

The Potty Is My Alamo (And I Can't Blame My Child)

I am pretty sure I'm doing this potty training thing wrong. mean, I think I know "how" to do it "right," or at least "right" by various wise people's definitions. Except I can't seem to do it. My part, anyway. I cannot just bite the bullet and pitch the diapers and just DO THIS. This is my first real parenting mountain that I'm having trouble climbing, as it were. Potty training is scaring the crap out of me....more
I hate potty training. and I'm about to have to tackle it with my 2 1/2 year old. I feel your pain. more


My daughter stands next to my desk utters those words (the ones that strike fear in a mother's heart.) "I'm having trouble" ... "with line breaks." I sigh with relief.Line breaks! I can tackle those. I thinkI start in my head to talk html, then Stop.  "Line breaks?" "My mentor" (poetry) "says I need to consider line breaks."Oh. THAT kind. I clarify.   She speaks of Sentences. Cringe Fumble (Could we talk ...more
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My Husband: Live From Branson During a Tornado

A few months ago, my husband got a new job that involves a lot of travel in the state of Missouri. Last night, he pulled into his hotel on the Branson strip and texted me this picture. ...more
Oh my gosh, I'm so glad he is okay! more