Sorry, I Won't Be Bringing My Dick to the Table

Guess what "BRDTTT" stands for? You won't get it, so I'll tell you. Bring Your Dick to the Table. Apparently the artist—and I use that term loosely—believes women can keep these expensive little pet cocks in their pockets to grab on to when they lose confidence in, for example, themselves in a business situation with men. A whole inch and a half of penile self-confidence right in the palm of our small, feminine hands....more
Tee hee hee... You said "vagina." more

A Letter To My Neighbors About My Yard: There's a Reason for It

Dear Busybody Neighbors,This is a letter to you, the ones that made a huge fuss over the state of chaos that was our yard after several tons of oak tree smashed our house during Hurricane Irene, the ones who welcomed us back to the neighborhood the very day we arrived home after our 10 months of refugee-living (while our house was being rebuilt) by reminding us that we had one week to clean up the yard before the America In Bloom garden snob judges came to town. There are many of you in this neighborhood. I know because I've had you pull over to remind us that our grass needs mowing even when it is only an inch or two taller than yours. I've seen you scoff at the toys scattered on the porch and the general unruliness of our yard....more
Wow. Did any of them offer to help with rebuilding, clean up, planting, weeding, or landscaping? more

Surrounding My Autistic Son With Community That Matters

When I think about my son's future—and that includes his future without me, seeing as autistic kids, like most kids, tend to outlive their parents—there are three things I desperately want for him: 1) I want Leo to be known and loved in his community. 2) I want Leo to be understood and accepted for who he is. 3) I want Leo's personal wishes respected. ...more
I enjoy your posts very much. more

5 Reasons I’m Unqualified to Teach My Preschooler about Her Private Parts

I recently read a blog post about how important it is to teach toddlers about their body parts. Apparently, simply knowing the correct words for male and female genitals deters predators who know that these children will be more able to report being touched inappropriately. Cut to me sweating profusely. My daughter is almost four, and unless "front hiney" and "back hiney" are the scientific words for the female anatomy, I think I might have failed here. ...more
I think I just snorted mineral water out of my nose. Great post. more

Perhaps Death is the Beginning

During the winter, my heartstrings were tugged relentlessly by the passing of friend's parents.In particular, two of my BlogHer Soul Mates were facing the transitional loss of their mothers after giving devoted long term care. As their situations were similar to that of when my own father died, it was hard for me to witness their losses, so effectively posted on their blogs, Comments and Facebook....more
I read about Bridie Murphy years ago and followed that up with a book by Jess Stearns, about the ... more

Streaking Should Make a Comeback

Mark was standing at the door of 3rd period Senior English, where Miss Patrusky couldn’t see him though everyone else could, beckoning to me frantically. I raised my hand for a hall pass to the bathroom. “We’re going streaking!” Mark whispered. ...more
I still recall the group of boys who went streaking out of the boys' gym, around the school, and ... more

My Husband Isn't the Type of Father I Thought He Would Be

I woke up to the sound of someone calling my name. "Brittany, wake up. Wake up, the baby is crying." I blink my eyes, and glance at the clock. It is 2:00am. My husband stands over me and nudging my arm. The words suddenly resonate, as I hear the cries of our toddler in her room down the hall. I drag my body from bed and go to take care of her. Just Like I always do. Just like I have always done. ...more
Some toddlers express preferences for one parent or another when it comes to giving ... more

BlogHer is a Chavruta, Not a Cult

Well, how droll. Everyday I read comments and posts on BlogHer with one sided facts, allowing no accommodation for opposing points of view.There seems to be no recognition that other spiritual beings may have experienced a side of the universe unknown to the posting authors. In fact, many BlogHers post their thoughts, while turning quickly to "take their toys and go home," when a reader offers conflicting knowledge....more
Great post, Robin. Respectful discussion seems difficult for some people. It makes me sad to see ... more

Am I Promoting "Rape Culture" With My Relationship Advice?

Last week I wrote a post that was shared so many times on Facebook and seen by lots and lots of people... it's quickly made it to the top 3 most viewed posts on my site and I am happy that people found it useful at all. It always makes me nervous to post about marriage, or about advice we have used that worked... anytime it gets down to the personal, there is always a possibility of offending someone who just might do it different than we do....more
Of course you are not promoting "rape culture." You are talking about an intimate relationship ... more

The BlogHer 2014 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Welcome, friends! It's April, which means soon it will be safe to plant things in less-than-temperate zones! And also! You should buy a mama in your life something special. Or else. Here are BlogHer's 2014 faves....more
I clicked on this with the initial split-second excitement of somebody needing to find the ... more