My Experience with Anti-Depressants: Depression Is Not Weakness

As a kid, I was a perfectionist and had a temper. Baaaaaad combination. Mostly my anger was directed inwards — though people around me definitely suffered from my moods. My mother swears that when I was younger, I threatened to throw myself in front of a train because I couldn’t draw a perfectly straight line without a ruler....more
Once you've had trouble with two anti-depressants, it's a good time to visit a psychiatrist for ... more

The Man I Know

Last Wednesday night, in a debate watched by nearly 70 million people, America and the world got to see the Mitt Romney I’ve known for most of my life. The guy who is in control, the guy who knows the answers to the hard questions, the guy who cares about people and wants to help those who need it the most. That’s the Mitt I know. I couldn’t have been more proud, and I couldn’t be more confident that he will be the next President of the United States. ...more
Thank you for taking the time to write. I would reply but all your words are talking points ... more

Penn State Scandal: I Am Angry

There are eight (and probably many more) victims out there whose lives will never be the same. Had Paterno, Curley, and Schultz been doing their jobs there would be far fewer victims. Those boys (and men) deserved better. ...more
Preach it, sister! I am livid that these adults reported it to their supervisor only. It sickens ... more

A Call for the End of Birthday Party Presents

Having my kids attend birthday parties is a budget item in my life – one that is expensive, and annoying, and time consuming. And so, I make a call for the end of having to buy other kids birthday presents. Below, I have drafted an email that I plan to send to any parent who invites my child to a birthday party, effective immediately. Feel free to use this email in your own social circles. I like providing useful tools like this to my friends....more

That has been our rule since preschool. My daughter gets to choose whether to get something she ... more

A Call for the End of Birthday Party Presents

Having my kids attend birthday parties is a budget item in my life – one that is expensive, and annoying, and time consuming. And so, I make a call for the end of having to buy other kids birthday presents. Below, I have drafted an email that I plan to send to any parent who invites my child to a birthday party, effective immediately. Feel free to use this email in your own social circles. I like providing useful tools like this to my friends....more

We buy our kids stuff all year 'round, so we go somewhere special for their birthdays. The zoo, ... more

Are Kids Overmedicated, Really? Interview With Judith Warner, Author of We've Got Issues

This week I sent my daughter off to first grade. She's a happy, well adjusted kid. Sort of not at all like I was. ...more

As a mental health patient myself growing up in a home with every acronym in the book, I too ... more

Should Birth Control Pills Be Sold Over-The-Counter?

Is it time to start selling birth control pills over-the-counter (OTC)? The easy answer is, yes.  But is it really an easy question to answer? No. Remember, we are living in a country where many parents are still against condoms being available to students, and where many schools are teaching abstinence only in place of sex-ed classes....more

I agree with @JennaHatfied & @AlabamaSlackerMama BCPs are nothing to be comparison shopped. ... more

BlogHer '10 Ticket Swap

Do you have a BlogHer '10 ticket that you can't use? Find someone to buy it from you here. Or if you need a ticket, say so - maybe someone can sell you one!

Do Tell: Share Your Latte Name and Win a Flip Video!

So you're standing in line at the coffee shop, and the barista asks your name. Ever give out a fake? Rita is just so boring. Maybe I should be Cassandra. Or Juliana. Or Contessa Zahara von Edamame. ...more

I just use my last name. I get tired of hearing my name butchered. If my girls are with me I use ... more

Need a ride to BlogHer '09? Back by popular demand - The Chevrolet Carpools!

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  UPDATE: The Chevrolet vehicles are currently full, but for those of you who weren't matched with a vehicle, I strongly encourage you to carpool to BlogHer '09 and to continue to use this page as a forum to find other BlogHer attendees to ride-share with.  Please feel free to email Erin Groh with any questions. Original post below: