Community - The Whole Is Not Merely Equal To The Sum Of Its Parts

What some of you might not know (or even suspect) after meeting me at #BlogHer14 is that I suffer from severe anxiety. If I hung out with you at all during this year's conference in San Jose, you'll probably be scratching your head on that one. The reality is, at times my anxiety in public and social settings is almost crippling....more
I also struggle with anxiety issues.  Mine are brought on by noise.  I know how hard it can be ... more

Why Do We Keep Up With The Kardashians?

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Freshhelen OMG!  "Kartrashians" is gold!  Fricking brilliant and so accurate.  I also love that ... more

My Online Friendships are REAL Friendships

I have a good friend that said to me a few months ago, “Well, you know that this isn’t real life, right?” referring to my excitement about interactions on social media related to my blog. I quickly responded with, “Of course, I know it’s not real. I can just walk away from my computer any time.” But then I started thinking.  ...more
This is excellent, and I'm not just saying that because I love you and I'm an idiot.  I agree ... more

Julie Chen’s Confession Isn’t Just About Plastic Surgery, But Racism

[Updated 9/13/13 5:02 p.m. PST: Dayton, Ohio TV station WDTN-TV issued a statement saying "We are sorry for what happened to CBS' Julie Chen in 1995 when she was a reporter at WDTN-TV,” and stating that they do not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind. --Grace]...more
It makes me sad she had to even deal with this issue and her idiot boss would say such a thing. ... more


You know you're getting older when ...At the ripe old age of 43 (shut up), I've realized that I'm getting older....more
Don't feel bad, I got bifocals in the fifth grade.  Yes, the fifth grade.  I managed to rock ... more

Labor Day Style Poll: What Fashion Rules Will You NOT Break?

Labor Day is upon us, and though the long-abandoned fashion rule of "Never wear white after Labor Day" seems as quaint as a violet posy, someone always brings it up right about now. And then a discussion usually ensues about how following fashion rules at all has been one-upped by the fashion rule of NOT following any fashion rules. For example: Mix your prints? Hells to the yeah. ...more
I will wear maxi dresses until the day I die...regardless of if they're in style or not! more

Should I Blog or Should I Write?

When I met you at a recent party and you told me that you needed to take a break from Facebook because it was interfering with your real life, it gave me occasion to pause and think. Of course, you don’t know that I have a blog, but your situation seemed dangerously like mine, but with a twist.  Ever since I started blogging, I’ve stopped writing. ...more
First, congrats on the feature!  I'm so proud of you, but I'm certainly not surprised.   Second, ... more

All I Ever Needed to Know About Parenting I Learned from Carol & Mike Brady

I just got schooled. I guess I had to be here, in this place. This place of banging my head against the wall trying to parent a wacko/pyro 7- almost 8-year-old. I will start with this admission: I am a total hypocrite. I used to preach no TV until the Roosters Came Home and the Cows Went to Bed. Honestly, I'll still preach that to you if your kid is 2 or 3. So if you want to hash it out, just tell me your 2-year-old sits in front of a TV, ever. ...more
1.  My husband is a Booby Scientist, or so he alleges.   2.  If my 16 year old son brought home ... more

When I Become a Beastly Mom

I turn into beastly mom. Long streams of words fly around me while I attempt to regain some sense of sanity. Then I try to tell myself I need more fresh green juices to power through the day. It should be that simple, right? Then I blame Lyme or gluten for my own bad behavior. Finally, I convince myself that the kid’s difficult behavior is a genetic mutation from the Husband’s side of the family. ...more
I loved it and appreciate your honesty.  I tweeted it so hopefully other moms can learn from ... more

Why I'm Rabidly Jealous of David Hasselhoff

Yeah, like I really need to explain why this guy makes me jealous.  Look at those flowing locks.However, just because I know you're curious to get inside my head, I've made a comprehensive list....more
@MotherhoodMiscellany Thanks!  I'm so glad you enjoyed this.  Who doesn't have fun mocking The ... more