How to Write a Funny Post

Stuck on how to make your posts funnier? Here, let me help....more
[throws away piece about yacht] DAMMIT, Aarons. Your good advice gets me again! more

BlogHer '14: Ticket Swap

Did you just find out you can't come to BlogHer '14 in San José?  Or better, than you CAN come?  This is the place for you!Post your need for a ticket or that you have one to sell and let the ticket swap begin.  Tickets can be exchanged free of charge until June 24 and after that date there is a $25.00 processing fee.Lori Lunavp, event operations

Announcing: The 2013 BlogHer Voices of the Year!

Six weeks + 2,600 submissions + 15 committee members = The 2013 BlogHer Voices of the Year! (Affectionately known as #VOTY.)This year's VOTY submission process has been a magnificent journey through the hearts and minds of the blogosphere. We are so excited to honor these 100 bloggers -- writers, speakers, and artists, who have pushed us to think more, feel more, share more, and do more....more
I'm beyond tickled to be included here -- what an honor! I've been working my way down the list ... more

Gearing Up for BlogHer '13: Pre-Conference Fears & VOTY Thoughts

BlogHer '13 is right around the corner! With the quickly approaching dates and recent announcements, the number of posts you have been writing in your own spaces has sky-rocketed. As always, we're reading along -- and bringing your words to our readers to help calm their fears, get them excited, and, yes, help calm some fears, too. Let's see what people are saying this week....more
Oh, hey - thanks! I really was so very tickled and excited by the honor. It absolutely kills me ... more

Lonely: Surviving the First Year of Motherhood and Learning to Reach Out

Pushing the bright green stroller that my mother had just given me, my 3-week-old son asleep inside, I circled lap after lap of the closest indoor shopping mall to our house. It wasn't yet 8 a.m., but I was already there, alongside the early mall walkers in their white velcro shoes. I didn’t know it then, but I was doing the exact thing that I needed to be doing for my mental state at the time. I was getting out....more
Beautifully said.   I remember taking my first child to visit my parents' hometown when he was a ... more

How Come I'm the Only One Who Kept My Maiden Name?

My name is Christie O’Brien Tate. It's the name I’ve had all my life.  It will always be my name, even though I'm married with two children, and I'm the only one in my household with the last name Tate.  For as long as I can remember, I planned to keep my maiden name.  Long before I read the work of Betty Friedan or Catharine MacKinnon, I knew I wanted my name to stay with me. Sometimes when people ask me why I kept my maiden name, I joke that I'm horrible with paperwork, so there's no way I was going to schlep down to the DMV to update my driver’s license. ...more
You know, I've never thought about it, but now that you mention it... I can only think of a ... more

A World Without Creativity: The Hundred

When I read Ally Condie's Matched there were a lot of things about the Society that kind of blew my mind. When the old world broke down, the Society that rose from its ashes decided that there had simply been too much of everything -- too much technology, too much freedom, too much culture. One of the things that disturbed me the most was the elimination of all culture and art beyond what was approved by the Society. ...more
Oh, wow. I'm going to have to look into this one... Although it gives me chills just reading ... more

Are You Only as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child?

My mother used to say this phrase. All the time. ALL the time.I hated it. I used to tell her she was co-dependent on her children; she would laugh, but she didn't take it back.You are only as happy as your unhappiest child? Nonsense, I would say. How about, you are as happy, if not happier, as your happy child? Surely this is the essence of co-dependency, this shared misery? This cannot be good mental health, I said....more
Oh, so sorry... and hope spirits lift soon. You're absolutely right, though. It's a saying for a ... more

Irish Author Maeve Binchy Dies at 72

Maeve Binchy, the much beloved Irish author, has died at 72 following a short illness. Binchy was the author of 15 novels and ten short stories collections. She sold more than 40 million copies of her books worldwide. In North America Binchy may have been best known for Circle of Friends, which was adapted into a movie in 1995 starring Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell. ...more
Ah, she was one of the greats. Sorry to hear it. more

Autism Is No Excuse? Really?

Honestly, I don't give a fig about strangers judging how I parent my autistic son. I know I'm doing my best with all three of my kids, and am also constantly learning from my mistakes. Plus Leo has the same right to be in public as anyone, as long as (like anyone) he's not being disruptive. If he's having a hard time, there's always a good reason, and we move on. What I do care about is how strangers respond when Leo needs accommodation. And last month, when I reluctantly pulled out the autism card to ask if Leo could jump the queue for a public restroom, a stranger lectured me on how autism did not justify my request, and that furthermore I was teaching my son bad behavior by asking for special treatment. Yeah. How's that autism awareness working for you? ...more
So sorry you had to deal with that -- but glad you took the time to write about it so calmly and ... more