I Got My Feelings Hurt on the Internet

Last week, my editors at Woman's Day shouted out one of my blog posts on their Facebook page, and it got a lot of comment. The piece was titled "5 Big Unexpected Bonuses from My Divorce" and it outlined some of the things I've really learned to enjoy about my new single life, such as kid-free weekends and redecorating to my own tastes, etc. The feedback from my readers was mostly positive, but I had a few who jumped on to let me know how selfish I was. Why did I even get married in the first place? Grow up! ...more
I thnk some of your advice can be useful in everyday life with hateful and judgemental  people ... more

I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You, but Some Days I Don't Like You Very Much

I hate fighting with my daughter. I mean, I really, really hate it. Yes, she's a teenager. Yes, I'm a periomenopausal woman. Those two things often collide with the force of a fifty megaton nuclear explosion, but I just can't shrug it off like other moms do. ...more
They are awful around middle school especially but they are also funnier and more insightful ... more

How Are Vaginas Supposed To Smell?

With nicknames like "Fish Taco," it's no wonder we freak out. Many women I meet absolutely despise their vaginas, as if they completely buy into whatever childhood messages they were fed about how the vagina is "dirty" and "bad." For these women, any odor wafting up from down there acts as a big stinky banner of how much they hate their girlness. With vagina nicknames such as "fish taco," "crotch mackerel," "cod canal," "fish factory," "fuzzy lap flounder," "tuna town," and "raw oyster," it’s no wonder we worry about how we smell. ...more
I read this because even at my age, I am not that informed about what is "normal" for vagina ... more

The Death of Robin Williams, And What Suicide Isn't

I was coming home from a long day of working when I saw the news on Twitter. Today, probably sometime this morning, Robin Williams, beloved American actor, passed away in his California home. The coroner suspects that he committed suicide, probably from asphyxiation. ...more
I love this.  Thank you,  I know that I could not have said the same things as well. more

18-Year-Old Cited for Waving Penis Out Car Window: Justified or Not?

If your kid was charged with waving a rubber penis out of a car window, how would you feel? First, I am not saying what he did was right at all. Small children could have seen this, and I'm sure it offended people. Personally, I would have laughed if it were just me and Chris in the car or even my older kids. Obviously they already know what a penis is. ...more
I thnk it was a prank that was in really bad taste. I also think that they deserve the citation. ... more

I Yelled at a Stranger's Kid on Vacation

I've wanted to write about this for a while, but I've been sitting on it to decide whether or not I still felt justified in my actions, or if I was having a moment of poor judgment. Now that I'm a few weeks removed from the event, I'm going with the former. I yelled at a stranger's kid at the resort pool on vacation and I'm not sorry. I have two children of my own—and I use the term loosely because my "kids" are 13 and 16. Still, I understand that kids are free spirits, and vacation hysteria is a real thing. ...more
I would not have been comfortable yelling at someone else's kid but I understand your ... more

Stories and Photos That Show What Racism in the U.S. Looks (and Feels) Like

Sixteen days after he was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri, thousands of mourners packed the church for Michael Brown's funeral, while thousands more watched online. ...more
My heart is breaking for us as a people. I have lost the ability to believe that things will ... more

Some See My Son as Black, Even Though He Is Mixed-Race

I confess to feeling safe because my kids’ biracial genes have given them lighter skin, but my family cannot run away from racism....more
I am glad that you told your story. I stopped reading blogs here at Blogher for a while after ... more

As an Asian American, I Care About Ferguson and Race Relations

In the immediate aftermath of the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I wanted to listen, observe, and amplify the voices of African Americans. As an Asian American woman, I don’t know firsthand what it’s like to be followed around by security while shopping or to be stopped by police while jogging in an unfamiliar neighborhood. ...more
I'm glad to have read this. It is important to get to read as many differeing perspectives on ... more

Open Racist or Closet Racist?

I was going to blog about Disney World, yet something was weighing on me and I have to let it out.  First let me give you a back story. I'm a Texas girl, born and raised.  I love Texas, I thought I was in love with the South.  ...more
I can relate to your article. Having livd my whole life in the south it is interesting to see ... more