Rising from the Ashes and Taking Second Chances

Sometimes life is all about taking second chances; having the courage to look into the mirror, square into your own eyes, and bravely and resolutely say that you will not accept defeat. “Carpe diem quam minimum credula,”—seize the day, putting as little trust as possible in the future—like life, a disambiguation. And that’s just what many single moms are doing today, seizing the moment....more
What a lovely post. It's too true that life can be both cruel yet rewarding at times. No matter ... more

Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog

One of the things I learned early on was that a post with a photo always looked nicer than one with just text. So I looked at what other people were doing for pictures.  And mostly it seemed that everyone was grabbing pics from Google Images and pasting them on their sites. Sometimes with attribution, most of the time without. And when I asked others (or looked at disclaimers on websites and Tumblrs), it seemed that everyone agreed using pics that way was okay under Fair Use standards. ...more
Great post! I'm sorry that you experienced this, but it was truly kind of you to share your ... more

Take A Celebrex and Smile: Your Family Needs You

How many of you out there know that deep down underneath your exterior, there is a supermom lurking about? Any takers? Ok. Some of us don’t think of ourselves this way. Sadly, we are treading obstacles at every turn, wondering if we are doing our very best while maintaining traces of our femininity. But when life knocks us down, when it takes us down a notch, we scramble to regroup defiantly clinging to life as we know it....more
In reference to the twitter comment, The article title was only meant to convey one of the many ... more

"Why Is Rue Black?" Racism and the Hunger Games

The Hunger Games opened this weekend as the third-highest grossing film of all time, behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two, and The Dark Knight....more
Thanks for writing this post Laurie. You're right! We have to keep speaking up, posting, ... more

Should You Stay? Or Should You Go?

There were a number of times in Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, where she was faced with a seemingly easy decision -- should she stay? Or should she go? It's a decision we all face at some point and we all know that though the question is simple on the surface, deciding what to do is rarely simple. ...more
Of course! That relates to both relationships and jobs. But venturing into something new and ... more

Love, Colin and Other Drugs

One of the things that I found the hardest to read in Claire Bidwell Smith's The Rules of Inheritance was not her mother's death. Or her father's death. Don't get me wrong, it was difficult to read about their deaths. It was also difficult to read about her addiction to alcohol. But it was her relationship with Colin that I really found the most difficult -- her beautiful, flawed relationship. I wanted her leave but I understood why she stayed. We don't always love things that are good for us. ...more
I have. And for some of the reasons you listed above, such as sharing the weight of a dark past, ... more

"The Walking Dead" Devours America's Heart

I’m going to go ahead and talk about things that happened during the second season, so if you’re saving yourself and don’t want to read spoilers, read no further....more
I love that show too! I'm not even into zombies, vampires, or any undead creature. But when my ... more

Do You Put Your Dreams On Hold?

Ace Jones, the heroine of Stephanie McAfee's Diary of a Mad Fat Girl often made me laugh when I was reading the novel. She's feisty but under that tough exterior shell she's really hiding a soft, vulnerable heart. As much as Ace's antics made me laugh there were times when she made me sad. Like of many of us, Ace put her dreams on hold because she was scared of failing. ...more
Great quesiton. I think we all do, to an extent. But time and life are amazing teachers. I've ... more

50 Shades of Grey and Twilight: When Is Fan Fiction Not Fan Fiction?

I have spent the last several hours trying to figure out the phenomenon that is E.L. James' 50 Shades of Grey. The book is selling like hotcakes, based almost exclusively on word-of-mouth buzz and some Goodreads viral magic. According to Good Morning America, 50 Shades of Grey is heating up bedrooms, and it's even been called "mommy porn." Sex certainly does sell -- but it's this series' Twilight-based origins that are raising eyebrows and making people in the publishing and writing communities question when fan fiction stops being fan fiction. ...more
sassymonkey,   Thank you for tackling such a difficult issue. As a writer, I'm not thrilled with ... more

Are You Ready for the Future of Safer Sex?

You're not thinking about safe sex at that moment, and unless neither one of you happen to have a condom handy, this won't even come up as a topic for discussion. And maybe that's the problem. Accidents happen, and even when they don't, some sexually transmitted illnesses can still get by despite protection. But what's the alternative? Letting him take off his jacket, offering white or red and then asking him to detail his sexual history? The last time he got tested? ...more
Avflox,   Your posts are always very interesting. This one is no exception. Although technology ... more