The San Francisco Giants Win the World Series as a Team

This isn't the kind of thing you hear about every year. That office staff won the series too, so did their security guards, so did the maintenance crew. This team shows class by acknowledging it. It is rare you even hear of a team thanking the front office, but a team celebrating with the ticket takers? That shows grace. Somebody should talk to the NBA and NFL about this kind of graciousness. Yes, I am looking at the Miami Heat. I wasn't a San Francisco fan before they won the series, I wasn't even really rooting for The Giants, but I will next time. I like the way the operate....more

This was the thing that struck me most about our winning Giants--everytime on of them was ... more

If You're Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner This Year, There's Plenty of Help on the Web

Thanksgiving is the most food-centered holiday of the year, which means food writers all want to weigh in on it. Every year newspapers, food magazines, food sites, and food blogs all offer tips, suggestions, and menu ideas for the big day. For a few weeks now I've been watching for Thanksgiving advice to show up on my favorite food blogs and food sites. ...more

I have a bunch of recipe links and inspiration ... more

Where to Eat during BlogHer Food ‘09

I’ve described my move to the Bay Area many times as making an extended pilgrimage to foodie Mecca, and even now that I’ve lived in Oakland for more than a year, I am still wide-eyed at the amazing eating experiences I’m having, week by week. If you’re coming here for BlogHer Food ’09, I encourage you to eat your way across town. But with so many possibilities, how do you pick where to eat? After all, even in San Francisco, you can find yourself savoring just an average meal, and with limited time and room in your stomach, that would be an epicurean tragedy. This is just part one of a series of posts that will run over the next few weeks. Next on the docket? Notable cocktails (and, in some cases, those cocktail purveyors will also provide a spirited eating experience). Finally, I’ll give you a wrap-up of some interesting places to do some foodie shopping while you’re in town. But first, you must eat. I’ve compiled a list of five places I think worthy of your attention. ...more

Enjoy!  These places won't be on everyone's list and are truly ... more

Feminism and the Immersed Parent

It sounds strange to some people when I say I’m a feminist. To them all feminists have one thing in common: fem-ness. But feminism is a to-philosophy rather than a from-philosophy: it aims toward parity and equality rather than emerging from inherent traits. In fact, it is a from-philosophy that feminism is a reaction against: the philosophy that biological differences are relevant in non-biological spheres. ...more

...because your description of Immersed Parenting almost makes it sound like it lets you off ... more

Atheist Parenting: Raising Children Without Deities

I've been an Atheist claiming Agnosticism since I was 9 years old. I stopped believing the day before I was baptized into the church. The pastor sat me down to ensure I realized the seriousness of what I was doing and invited my questions. He couldn't give me any answers that didn't center around blind faith and I needed more than that, even as a child, before I could agree to devote my life to an unseen being. I still was baptized out of respect for my grandparents, and 'faked it' until I was 12, when I finally told them that I didn't believe in their God and broke their hearts. Raising my daughters as a skeptic that still has respect for what others believe is difficult for me. Atheists are viewed as people with no moral barometer, unholy and all that's wrong with the world in this Christian dominated nation. I see it all too often here in The South, with countless old ladies blessing my children for being adorable or asking what church we go to. I find myself hesitant to tell anyone that brings up religion with me that I'm an Atheist. I've had enough of the horrified looks to last me a lifetime, so I normally just nod and smile. ...more

Full-disclosure: I am a Unitarian Universalist and an Athiest-Humanist (if I had to put a label ... more

Dear World: Rush Limbaugh is NOT Head of the GOP or Conservatism

The Republican Committee may have elected Michael Steele as its new chair, but you can't tell if you've paid any attention at all to the headlines. This isn't due to the left's incessant attempts to portray Rush Limbaugh as the real head of the party - more on this in a bit; rather, it's due to a continuous power vacuum and Steele's hesitance to embrace conservative ideology for fear of sacrificing his "big tent" pseudo-popularity. ...more

I love this. "Rush is so great! What a talent he is! He's not a racist bigot, until you prove ... more

Against the Auto Industry Bailout? But Are You As Smart As A US Senator?

I've been watching the Senate Banking Committee talk to grill the top executives from GM, Chrysler and Ford for three hours now, and I'm angry. Even our Senators are perpetuating myths about the Auto Industry and Detroit. Mark Phelan at the Detroit Free Press sums it up better than I can with his 6 Myths about the Detroit 3 article: Myth No. 1 ...more

Jim, I mention those movies for two reasons: 1) to show that this problem has been brewing for ... more

Against the Auto Industry Bailout? But Are You As Smart As A US Senator?

I've been watching the Senate Banking Committee talk to grill the top executives from GM, Chrysler and Ford for three hours now, and I'm angry. Even our Senators are perpetuating myths about the Auto Industry and Detroit. Mark Phelan at the Detroit Free Press sums it up better than I can with his 6 Myths about the Detroit 3 article: Myth No. 1 ...more

Answer car companies (GM--that IS factual) + govt + oil industry + Calif Air Resources ... more

It's lonely out here: planning for a natural childbirth

Who knew we were such a nation of drug pushers? Here is the conversation I am having at least once a day, with moms and non-moms alike. Them: “Are you taking childbirth classes”? Me: “Yes, I’m taking hypnobirthing. I want to have a natural childbirth.” Them: “Good luck with that (wink wink). Or, “Yeah I did too, you’ll get over it.” Or: “You’re nuts! Take the drugs”! ...more

Maybe you live in the wrong town? I had my first babe in San Francisco where no one blinked that ... more

Announcing the BlogHer '09 Call for Ideas

While we're working on finalizing our BlogHer '09 venue contract, so we can announce that by the end of the month, I am happy to keep BlogHer '09 on your mind by announcing the Call for Ideas for BlogHer '09. If you're thinking this announcement seems earlier than last year, you are correct! We aim to have this Call for Ideas running for a month and to be able to announce at least a skeleton schedule before the end of the year! Question: Why a "Call for Ideas" and not a "Call for Speakers" or "Call for Proposals" or something like that? ...more

Last year's Bloggers of Color session was one of the best sessions of the conference IMO, but it ... more