What Were You Talking About on Your Blog a Year Ago?

The nicest part about keeping a blog is looking backwards, perhaps in yearly increments, to see how life has changed. When we're in the moment, it can feel as if the now may last forever, or, at the very least, the feelings invoked by what is happening now may last forever. But if you jump backwards into your archives, you can revisit posts and see that often times, while reading about the event may still bring with it sadness or joy, the intensity of those feelings are not as they were when you wrote the post. ...more
A year ago, I was in the middle of a massively busy project in Reno Nevada.  I was working on ... more

Sitting Too Much for Work? It Might Kill You

Do you sit all day long in a cubicle? Perhaps in your home office? If you are, it could be killing you. At least that is what some recent studies say. I can remember a few months back seeing a cool infographic about this from a friend on Facebook. Then it seemed wherever I went, there I saw another article or news report about the dangers of sitting. I thought, well, I work out a lot, so it must not apply to me. According to these studies, though, I am totally wrong. ...more
I'm unemployed and am online too much.  Last winter, I noticed my legs would sometimes tingle ... more

Wondering What to Pack for the Hospital?

I remember reading a bunch of different "what to pack for the hospital" posts when I was expecting each child. I laugh now that I had a CD of soothing music. Why do I laugh? I couldn't stand sound while laboring. It made me nuts! So if you're wondering what to pack, don't ask me. But instead, read Laura's post at Team Tantrum. She has great advice about what to bring, what to leave behind and what to DO at the hospital. You know, other than give birth. ...more
I'd add - comfortable pajamas/nightgown, slippers, toothbrush, hairbrush   Otherwise, you're right. more

Florida Republicans Try to Block First Lady From School

There is just no way this would happen to Laura Bush or Hillary Clinton. First Lady Michelle Obama is not welcome at a local high school in Miami by its Republican school board members. The campaign stop went on as planned at Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes despite criticism from local GOP members. The Miami Herald reports:...more
 @PaulaW So describe to us any time when a politician has attempted to stop a First Lady or ... more

Hey Roger Ebert, I Saw "Ted" and I Want My Money Back!

Roger Ebert, I may sue you.  Last night my sister, brother-in-law and I went to a movie based upon your recommendation and it was the worst.  No, it was the worst of the worst.  It was horrid.Not only did I lose 45 minutes of my life (and, since I am in my mid-50s, every minute counts), now I have some deeply disturbing images and dialogue in my head.  I may never be able to forget.It all started innocently enough....more
I generally liked it (except for one or two over-the-top bits), but I expected it to be ... more

When Parents Think They Can Go on Vacation

When is it ok to leave little kids and go on a long vacation -- a 17-month old baby, a 2-year old, a 4-year old and a 6-year old -- for 9 days?  And I am not talking about leaving your kids with grandparents when it is a necessity; I'm talking about leaving young children with a caretaker with whom they have no relationship when you have a choice.  According to "Early Childhood Today," young children do not understand the concept of "time" -- that mommy and daddy will be back in nine days....more
 @Lynn Learning Curves I have to agree with you.  I noticed that line too and it really irked ... more

When Your Kids' Camp Doesn't Take Sunscreen Seriously

Earlier this week, I caught wind of the Michener kids, who got severe sunburns after a field day spent without sunscreen due to a state law preventing adults from applying sunscreen to kids (even if they have the required prescription to put the sunscreen on in the first place). I thought to myself, "At least I don't have to worry about that." YES, THAT IS FORESHADOWING....more
 @100PercentList Wow.  Back in the 80s & 90s, camp counselors and the like WOULD put sunscreen ... more

When Parents Think They Can Go on Vacation

When is it ok to leave little kids and go on a long vacation -- a 17-month old baby, a 2-year old, a 4-year old and a 6-year old -- for 9 days?  And I am not talking about leaving your kids with grandparents when it is a necessity; I'm talking about leaving young children with a caretaker with whom they have no relationship when you have a choice.  According to "Early Childhood Today," young children do not understand the concept of "time" -- that mommy and daddy will be back in nine days....more
I do think this post is over-the-top.  We occasionally left our daughter with her grandparents ... more

Parental Confrontation at Pride Pittsburgh

A woman attends Pittsburgh Pride with her family and finds herself in a heated conversation:...more
When we lived in Massachusetts, we vacationed for a week on Cape Cod the summer our daughter was ... more

Rodney King Found Dead of Apparent Drowning at 47

[Editor's Note: Rodney King was found dead on Sunday, apparently drowned in his backyard pool. Twenty years ago, the acquittal of white police officers caught on tape beating King sparked days of unrest in south central Los Angeles. Today, the LAPD is opening an investigation into his death....more
I always feel that the most important thing about Rodney King that during the horrific LA riots, ... more