#Hollaback: Why I Talked to My Young Daughter About Street Harassment

My daughter A just turned 13. Even as a newborn, she embodied a quiet strength that seemed to float in her hazel eyes as she watched the world around her. It's a strength that, over the years, has been tested often and morphed into a stunning sense of courage and capability. She announced recently, as a newly arrived teenager, that she's ready to venture out on her own and explore her city by metro bus and train (light rail, here in Seattle), hang out at a café and do homework or just read. She wants the independence. ...more
Also sad is the fact that, should your daughter respond (sticking up for herself and confronting ... more

Stop the Slut-Shaming Already

Men often insult other men by calling out the sexual history of their wives or girlfriends. Ladies, haven't we had enough?...more
Right on!!  It boggles my mind that people think absolutely nothing of sitting around, ... more

There Is No Room for Your 'Buts' About Pulling a Gun on Teens in Swimsuits in McKinney

I see you. You're on Twitter or Facebook calling yourself the voice of reason because everything isn't racial, Arnebya, stop making everything racial....more
Yes, yes, YES to every single word you said. And thank you for saying them. more

Puppies Are Jerks. Adopt an Older Dog!

Since I was a child, I've always had a dog. So when my childhood dog passed away, I have always wanted another companion to keep me company. Having a dog is a true commitment, both financially and time-wise. ...more
I've adopted both an adult dog and a puppy in my lifetime and, yeah, puppies are jerks. They can ... more

6 Reasons #WhiteGirlsRock Misses the Point of Black Girls Rock

No seriously....more
A million times yes to every word. Thank you!! It's so annoying that people appropriate the ... more

Nobody Likes to Throw Up But I'm REALLY Afraid to Vomit

Look, everyone hates being sick, except for maybe that woman in “The Devil Wears Prada,” who said she was "one stomach flu away" from her goal weight. Oh, I wish I had her attitude. ...more
OMG! I didn't know this was a "thing," or that anyone else had it. I haven't thrown up ... more

20 Food Blog Trends That Need to Die in 2015

Honestly, people, we don't know why we even bother. We do the very hard work of reading all the blogs and spotting all the hackneyed trends for you, and for what? We've officially lost the war on stripey straws, mason jars, quinoa, and pumpkin spice. But we're still fighting the good fight, so we've rounded up a whopping 20 food blog trends that got so tired that we can't even. (And you shouldn't either. Or maybe you should. Whatever. Be that way. ) ...more
So, I should eighty-six the Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal S'more Magic Cookie Bars with ... more

Ebola in New York: Doctor Tests Positive for the Disease

Ebola has reached New York City. A 33-year-old doctor named Craig Spencer who treated patients in West Africa through the Doctors Without Borders program has tested positive for the disease in New York. Bellevue Hospital is kicking into its emergency plan, but this new case raises alarm. Whereas the average suburban dweller may come in close contact with dozens of people per day, the average city dweller who takes the subway, walks the crowded streets, and lives in a large apartment building comes into contact with many, many more. ...more
I'm taking the news really well, since I haven't been in West Africa nor have I been in contact ... more

Please Stop Panicking About Ebola

Earlier this week, the Kansas City local news teased to a potential Ebola case in the metro. Oops, no, maybe it was typhoid. Everyone freaked out, anyway. It is as though there has never been a contagious disease outbreak in the history of humanity. Listen, we have to stop the madness....more
If I hear "abundance of caution" one more time, I'm gonna freak out. Closing and disinfecting a ... more

Why I Write About Race

" Why do you write so much about race?" It was a question put to me by a reader who also happens to know me personally. She is White and is surprised by some of the things that I have said. I responded that this blog, My so Called Glamorous Life, is about my very unglamorous and normal life. It's my perspective on a lot of things that affect me on an ongoing basis—like being a wife and a mother. Sometimes I post recipes, because I love to bake. Or I write about books, because I love to read, particularly children's and Young Adult books....more
First, I LOVE this post. You've made me rethink my own decisions to NOT write about race. I know ... more