How to Survive Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease as an Adult

I think I'm going to put this down as a milestone on Facebook. You know right after "got engaged," "got married," "had a baby," and now... "contracted Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease." Because, I have to tell you, right now, it feels like a milestone. Don't believe what you read when it says that it's a "mild" condition. Apparently adults aren't really supposed to get this. I'm not really sure how I was chosen for the honor. I'm pretty much a germaphobe. Oh, you know the one. Touch a grocery cart (get out hand sanitizer), pay for groceries (get out hand sanitizer), put groceries in car (get out hand sanitizer). And I practically scrub my son once we leave any public place. I think you get the idea. But somehow, Lil Man and I have contracted this horrible little illness, and I decided to share with you a few things that I have learned so far. ...more
Yes!!!  Had this as an adult too.  Hurt so bad I couldn't fall/stay asleep for a few nights. ... more

What Maya Angelou Knew

It is a gray and misty day, hovering somewhere between lovely and lonely. I am sitting on my train, riding into the city, as to my right the Hudson river looms, placid and colorless, doing its best imitation of a lake. ...more
Just put two of her works on hold at the library.  Will be spending some time with her words ... more

The Lord Looks at the Heart: When My Son Became My Daughter

I am the mom of the little girl called A.J., who was recently profiled in the Kansas City Star. As surprised as I was to find my family in the paper, I am also incredibly proud. ...more
Beautiful post.  I think sharing your story will help a lot of people to understand transgender ... more

Mother's Day: Why It's Not About Me

I have an expectation problem. A big one. A few times a year, as special holidays approach (and by "special" I mean the ones that are supposed to be about me) I start to imagine all the ways I will be honored and surprised and showered with gifts. I imagine the parade, I anticipate the pampering and the pedicure, and I contemplate how I will have my eggs prepared for my breakfast in bed. So perhaps it is no surprise that I am usually disappointed. ...more
Susanf  Thank you! more

New Moms Need Encouragement More Than Advice

They say nothing can fully prepare you for parenthood. From my experience, that was certainly the case. It wasn’t until I survived labor and delivery and was cradling my first babe that I started to get it. I felt like I had officially been initiated into the mommy club, joining millions of women who had gone before me. It was the most amazing feeling in the world, but it was also one of the most overwhelming. ...more
This is one of the reasons I love our pediatrician.  Always feel like he is a bit of a ... more

After World Vision: Why I Hesitate to Call Myself a Christian

The events of the week, with World Vision announcing it will hire people in same-sex marriages and then reversing its decision, make me want to identify myself as something other than "Christian"....more
PixieDustSaving  Just a quick clarification...but being gay is a characteristic of a person and ... more

After World Vision: Why I Hesitate to Call Myself a Christian

The events of the week, with World Vision announcing it will hire people in same-sex marriages and then reversing its decision, make me want to identify myself as something other than "Christian"....more
Roxana_the_Aviddiva  Yes.  I so agree that the Pope is such an example for all of us.  What a ... more

After World Vision: Why I Hesitate to Call Myself a Christian

The events of the week, with World Vision announcing it will hire people in same-sex marriages and then reversing its decision, make me want to identify myself as something other than "Christian"....more
Kathy K  Kathy, thank you so much for sharing a bit of your story here.  I think your story/my ... more

5 Must-Read Posts on the World Vision Controversy

Bloggers have a lot to say about the Christian organization World Vision's announcement that they will hire employees in same-sex marriages....more
hiddenponies  Yes, I saw that...how devastating.  Added a short update to the original article. ... more

5 Must-Read Posts on the World Vision Controversy

Bloggers have a lot to say about the Christian organization World Vision's announcement that they will hire employees in same-sex marriages....more
Also, this from rachelheldevans written to those considering pulling their sponsorship to ... more