7 Tips on How to Write a Dynamic Personal Essay

After a 20-plus-year career in publishing, I know how to expertly package material to get an editor's (and reader's) attention and I can help you do it, too. Here are my tips on how to successfully write a personal essay that will get read, shared, and appreciated. #1: Mine Your Life for Stories ...more
These are all great things to think about, especially starting with the essence, the punch and ... more

6 Ways to Enjoy the Conference if You're Going Alone

Sometimes I go to the annual BlogHer conference with a group of friends, but then there are other years, like this year, when none of my close blogging friends are going. I mean, there will be people I know there, but they have their close friends there that they want to see. I'm flying solo this year, without a wingwoman, and I'm determined to have as good a time as I would have if I had schlepped 20 people with me. But... uh... if you're in the same position as I am... uh... can we stick together? This is how I get through those conferences that I've attended without friends in tow. ...more
All great advice. This is my first BlogHer and I'm going alone. I will be on the lookout for ... more

ADDED: New Thursday Afternoon Kick-Off Keynote at #BlogHer15 Featuring #womenslives and #BlackLivesMatter

We're less than three weeks out, but the announcements are still rolling in fast and furious....more
This is my first BlogHer. The content and quality of the keynotes and workshops just looks ... more

Seeking Inspiration at #BlogHer15

At the end of this week, I'll be in New York City, attending my fourth blogging conference and third BlogHer. My train ticket is bought, new business cards are on their way, and I think I'll come up with some version of an outfit plan in the next few days (what to wear is a big deal with this group)....more
My first BlogHer --- I can't believe the keynotes and all the stuff to see and do. It's going to ... more

How to Fall in Love With Your Body Through Swimming

I swim because I am thin and sleek and beautiful in the water. For thirty minutes a few times a week, I love my body and marvel at what it can accomplish. I cut through the water, feeling it on every part of me. The straps of my bathing suit form an X across my back, freeing my arms and shoulders to move without resistance, everything feels good. If I have time, when I am done I take off my bathing cap and goggles and float on my back with my eyes closed just hearing the water lap in my ears, letting the water hold me. ...more
This is what I think every time I go swimming and yet it's always a struggle getting myself to ... more

Is It Okay If Your Child Fears You?

Fear is not the first feeling I want to elicit from my children when I see them in the morning. Fear is not how most mothers want their kids to say they feel about them. But fear is a natural byproduct of the parent-child dynamic, no matter how hard we try to rid ourselves of it. ...more
I get what you're saying and agree to some extent. I don't think anybody should live in fear of ... more

Something a small as a blackberry taught me this ...

Picture a busy street. One crammed with four lanes of commuters cruising along at 55 mph. Add the bike lanes. Add the sidewalks.  What do you see? Is your imaginary sidewalk empty?  Or did you see the runner? Did you see the children walking with their parents? Did you see the dog and his owner? Did you see the woman in the wheelchair sitting peacefully beside her companion? What do you think of the things that you see? Or do you, for that matter, think at all....more
Ah - this is a great moment to remember and to share. A beautiful description and thought. more

Considering Divorce: When Do You Know You've Had Enough?

I was eleven years old when I was invited to an elderly neighbor’s house for tea.  My mother dressed me in the nicest outfit I had for the occasion and made sure I knew enough etiquette to get through the event without embarrassing myself (or her). As she buttoned the collar of my crisp white shirt I asked her, “How do I tell Mrs. Kinsey if I don’t want any more tea?My mother smiled and smoothed the ribbon in my hair.  “Honey, when you don’t want any more, just lay your hand gently over your cup and tell her you’ve had enough.”...more
I'm not saying marriage should be easy but I am saying that it shouldn't be hard. Whenever ... more

Can Your Marriage Survive "Through Sickness and Health"?

When we got married, we had a lot of crazy things on our minds. For us, it was already complicated.  We started things off by throwing every obstacle in the world at our marriage.  We launched right into having a family, but not a small one. One cute kid and a dog, but a large one ending in 5 kids, dogs, cats, and a ton of debt that we managed to dig out of and turn around into forging a life that is both comfortable and stable. ...more
As a long-time married person and observer of married folks, I'm betting that your husband is ... more

Announcing the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Voices of the Year Honorees!

Today we unveil the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Voices of the Year honorees. It’s our eighth year producing the Voices of the Year (affectionately known as #VOTY) but it never, NEVER gets old. This year the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Community Keynote will be held on Friday, July 17, at 4:30 p.m. ET....more
What an enormous, big, wonderful deal to be included in the VOTY list. We are all indebted to ... more