Six Tips for Writing Well (and You Can Still Write After Kids)

When I got pregnant with my daughter, I started writing frantically. I'd graduated from my writing program the year before and was glowing with the newly minted feeling of writerly success: I'd had a few poems and short stories published somewhere other than my university's literary magazine. "What if it ends?" I thought. "What if I never get published again because I'm too busy being a mom?"...more
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Lightened-Up Butternut Squash Mac-n-Cheese Skillet

[Editor's Note: Though this post was originally intended as a treat for a Halloween dinner, it would be equally at home now, when butternut squash is still very much in season and many people are looking for recipes that are decadent without going overboard. This recipe has the creaminess of cheese, but gets a big nutritional boost (and caloric bonus) from all the butternut squash mixed in. --Genie]...more
I am all for incorporating more veggies. I've not put squash in anything than a soup so far - ... more

Announcing the BlogHer 2008 Good Health-a-thon!

Week 1 Update (aka "BALLS OF DEATH") can be found here. It's only January 2nd, and I'm already tired of ad campaigns flashing scales and measuring tapes at me, reminding me that NOW! is the time to join the gym/lose inches/spend a fortune on pre-packaged food diets. I can't hear the words "new year" without some company also trying to convince me that I need to "Lose Weight!" so I can finally "feel better about myself!" Forgive me if I'm skeptical. The truth is, it's 2008 and it's time for a whole new approach. No more meaningless resolutions, no more unrealistic expectations. No more buying into the notion that "feeling better" is inextricably linked to my weight and nothing else. My life, and my health, is bigger than that. It's not about losing weight to feel better; it's about feeling better, period. Which is why I'm very, very happy to be introducing BlogHer's 2008 Good Health-a-thon. It's simple. It's fun. It's personal. And I'll hope you'll join me in making it a success. (The best part? No scales required!) ...more

This is such a great community - thank you Kristen.  (Most hilarious boob post brought me ... more