That Time I Had to Pay $500 for My Medical Records

One morning I woke up to a phone call advising me that I owed $500 to a private service holding my medical records ransom. ...more
When my family doctor of over 30 years died unexpectedly, his practice was bought out by ... more

Dear God, 11 Years Old Is Too Young to Be Pregnant

Dear God; I am writing this and I still can't believe I'm writing this. No, wait. Yes, I can, and that's what makes it even sadder. My daughter and her friends were all abuzz yesterday when I came home from work. I was hoping they were all wildly misinformed, but Moms talk and other kids talk and I guess it's true. One of my daughter's schoolmates is pregnant. God, one of my eleven-year-old daughter's schoolmates is pregnant. And keeping the baby....more
How frightening for her and her family, it will be a long journey for them, a lifetime. I hope ... more

If You're White, Do You Ever Think About Being White?

Earlier today, BlogHer Contributing Editor Nordette Adams shared a video with me on Facebook. It was part of a series of videos that got together black women and white women and let them ask each other questions regarding race. I now want to watch the entire series. The video Nordette shared asked two questions: 1) Do white people think about white privilege? and 2) What are the barriers to black women and white women being friends?...more
Whenever I describe myself I say I'm a Irish-Pollock (red hair & freckles-the worst white person ... more

Would You Let Your Teen Have A Sleepover with their Boy or Girlfriend?

Would you let your teenage daughter and her boyfriend, share a bed if he slept over your house? Do you let your daughter’s boyfriend sleep over your house? About a year ago, my boyfriend’s daughter asked us if her boyfriend, whom we like, could spend the night. We were all going skiing the following morning and it would save him a trip. My boyfriend already knew how crystal clear I was on this subject....more
Years ago, when sleeping at my boyfriends, he was on the couch and I was in his bed, because ... more
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