Suicide Is Not Selfish

I don’t want to hear another person say that suicide is “selfish”....more
Love this, thank you for writing it. I'm tired of hearing that "suicide is selfish". You don't ... more

How to Make a Living as a Crafter

I have made a living as a crafter for close to 15 years. It has not always been easy. There were times I was poor, and there were times I felt rich. There were times without health insurance, and times when I was staying in hotels in Beverly Hills. The craft industry waxes and wanes like anything else. This, my friends, is why I always live by the motto that you need to have several financial irons in the fire at once. ...more
Love this! I am a big believer in having multiple income streams. If one dries up you're not ... more

On the Pursuit of Blogging Fame

As much as I say "I don't care about growing my blog" and "I'm writing just for me" -- it's not true. Not for me. (Not for you, either, by the way.) We wouldn't be out here, putting our thoughts, lives, emotions out on display if we didn't want it to be read. That's the bottom line: We all want our blogs to be read. ...more
So true!. As much as I don't want the audience, a little part of me does, or I would write out ... more

Should a Pre-K Teacher Be Disciplined for Sending Home Letters About Her Students' Hygiene?

A Buffalo teacher sent home a note with her pre-kindergarten students and mayhem ensued. The Buffalo School District has filed disciplinary action against the teacher, Ms. Sharon Dunnigan, and the parents of the pre-kindergarten students have lashed out at the "offensive" note. The note read: URGENT NOTICE!!! PLEASE READ ...more
I think the note, in general was fine. Maybe she should have given the principle a heads up, but ... more

Store-Bought Pie Dough Showdown: Do Any Compare to Homemade?

[Editor's Note: Are you a homemade crust user or a store-bought crust user? In this post from our archives, I put some store-bought crusts through their paces (and updated the prices for 2013). --Julie] ...more
I'm not that great at making crusts (improving every year) but it's still better then store ... more

You Deserve Free Tampons in Public Restrooms

It's whispered from woman to woman between bathroom stalls, a slight tinge of oh shit in the undertone: Do you have a tampon? From the New Jersey Turnpike to a Chili's in Sacramento, thousands of women find themselves daily with their panties around their ankles, cursing the fact that they're miles from their tampon stash. ...more
No it shouldn't be free. If you're not sure when your period may start, always carry a supply of ... more

5 Things I Like About Budgeting

I used to get buyer's remorse a lot. Like, I'd buy something on a whim "because it was on sale," and then all of the sudden it was a year later, and that stupid cheap shirt was hanging in my closet with the tag still on it. Then I'd be all "WHY????...more
I agree with everything. It took me awhile to stick to it but in the long run it's worth it. more

Does My Child Have to Be Better Because She's Black?

I've had teachers say it to me. Lots of my mentors said it. Once, a supervisor at work mentioned it. I've overheard folks telling their own children, educators telling other people's kids, and I'm sure that I've even said it a time or two in my years of teaching. ...more
Great post. I think things have gotten a lot better from when I was growing up.  I heard the, ... more

Oops, I Hit Publish

So, where does the oops come in?  Well, it's important to note that once an article or blog is published on this site, there is no way to edit.  It's not grammatical errors I'm concerned about though.  I wrote a post about narcissistic fathers and their destructive impact on their adult children.  I may have shared some personal situations.   Perhaps I should have pretended they were situations belonging to a friend? ...more
So far I've only published one thing with regret, on blog. I've since changed the setting to ... more

I Scared Them with My Yelling

I'm honestly not sure why I'm even writing this post. Sometimes for me there's something intimidating and yet freeing all at the same time about putting something into concrete words. But this time maybe I'm needing to say it out loud to hold myself accountable to do something I'm honestly not sure I can do on my own.So here goes…....more
What a great post. Yelling at anyone, human or animal is so harmful, IMO. I wish I had the calm, ... more