Why Mocking Miss Utah Distracts Us From the Real Issues

This year’s Miss USA pageant brought the world another opportunity to rip a woman to shreds when Miss Utah, 21-year-old Marissa Powell, failed to coherently answer a current events question. Yes, the question was on a topic that directly impacts women. Yes, she could have done better. But, damn, can we just give her a break?...more
Totally agree. And can I talk about how little respect I have for the woman who asked the ... more

Watching the Inauguration With My Biracial Kids This MLK Day

Four years ago, my three-year-old daughter barely grasped the idea that the United States elected our first African American president. Today, when we watch the inaugural ceremony for his second term, I look forward to explaining the significance of Barack Obama’s presidency to my three-year-old son. Some people might think three years old is too young to talk to a child about race and politics, but not me. ...more
Awesome post, Kim! I'm so glad my kids are old enough to remember this one. I don't think they ... more

BlogHer Participates in White House Roundtable on the Affordable Care Act

Editor's Note, 3/27/12: Melissa finished this post on her trip to the White House Affordable Care Act roundtable last week with a call for you to weigh in and share your story. As the Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of various aspects of the act this week, we want to keep the BlogHer roundtable going. What's your insurance situation? How do you feel about the legislation? Share your story in the comments below. -- Julie Today, I attended a small roundtable discussion with 11 other women in the Roosevelt room at the White House. We talked about the Affordable Care Act and how it is playing out in the actual lives of women. Leading the discussion were Deputy Chief of Staff, Nancy-Ann DeParle, and Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy, Jeanne Lambrew. ...more
For us, the dropping of the lifetime cap was huge. I have a daughter with a lot of health ... more

Tips for Making It Through Mass with Kids

You always see families with perfect kids in church and you wonder to yourself "How did they get them to behave like that?" I must say every once in awhile we are THAT family, but more times than not our kids have their issues with sitting through mass. Taking your little ones to church was always something I was very nervous about before we had kids! I converted to being Catholic during my pregnancy with Vincent, so I was brand spanking new to the church, just as Vincent was. I was always nervous of what he would act like, or what I would do if they had a melt down in the middle of mass. It was very terrifying because you feel like ALL eyes are on you when you have kids, and I must say that once we had Vincent and got into the groove of things, it got easier....more
My mom always says "It's their Father's house too." I have four and I have gotten some nasty ... more

iPod Therapy

Are you someone who doesn't just listen to the music, the music is really the soundtrack of your life? That's me too! I remember when the Dateline Timeline questions would be posed and I always could nail the year by the music clue.  Seriously, my own life is a timeline set to music. And being this way meant I was Queen of the Mix-Tape throughout the 80's. ...more
Love this! And I love that I now have all my music wherever I want it with my iPod. (Remember ... more

Stone Soup Mondays: Best Blog Posts from August 15th to August 22nd

Back again for another installment of Stone Soup Mondays, an open thread that collects the best things you read on the Web and compiles them in one space to extend the lifespan of a great blog post by two weeks. If you missed this series in the past, please click here to read more about the impulse behind the idea. ...more
An Open Letter to a Special Needs Mom by Mom Off Track. Simply ... more

Stone Soup Mondays: Best Blog Posts from July 25th to August 1st

Back again for another installment of Stone Soup Mondays, an open thread that collects the best things you read on the Web and compiles them in one space to extend the lifespan of a great blog post by two weeks. If you missed this series in the past, please click here to read more about the impulse behind the idea. ...more
I love this post about the death of Amy Winehouse and the parallels to the author's friend, ... more

She Came Home Without One: Do You Let Your Teens Go to the Beach Without You?

Our children grow up with our likes and dislikes. They learn to embrace what we do and often fear what we fear. But what if your fear is based on a personal experience and unfortunately effects their lives?...more

I can completely understand this. There are several tragic events in my life that have shaped ... more

Stone Soup Mondays: Best Blog Posts from May 16th to May 23rd

Back again for another installment of Stone Soup Mondays, an open thread that collects the best things you read on the Web and compiles them in one space to extend the lifespan of a great blog post by two weeks. If you missed this series in the past, please click here to read more about the impulse behind the idea. ...more

to be the stone!

Thank you!

The post I was going to nominate wasn't written in the right ... more

Jennifer Egan Wins Pulitzer Prize, Commits Girl-on-Girl Crime

When I found out that Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, I was thrilled. Girl power! That lasted about two minutes until someone pointed me to a Wall Street Journal post in which she calls chick-lit genre writing banal and derivative and that her advice to young writers is to aim higher. Oh goody, some literary girl-on-girl crime. ...more

Perfectly said.

Sue @ Laundry for Six & occassional reader of chick lit more