Not Stale: Women's Issues in the Presidential Campaign

It's bad enough when men assume women are single issue voters, but it's far, far worse when a fellow woman has decided that if I have a deal-breaker issue, I must be a zombie following 'rhetoric' spewed by a given political party....more
@Gamingangel Thank you for reading and commenting. And I agree--we all have the right to our ...more

When a Road Trip Changed My Life

The summer after I was in Eighth Grade, I took a trip with my youth group. We’d been planning for over a year, fund-raising and working toward that goal of renting a cargo van and taking off from our sleepy New England town and heading to parts south for a week. We were participating in a service project for a family in rural Tennessee. Our particular job was to install sheet rock and new floorboards in their home in the Appalachian Mountains, which was way off the beaten path. To say it was a life-changing experience for me seems too trite, too pat....more

Being Free

I used to drive a lot.  For years, I had a long commute to work and I liked it that way.  It was my own space to prepare for a long work day and to decompress on the ride home. My car was also my freedom, and the highway was the ribbon that connected me to any place I wanted to go.  Back in my single days, I'd hop in my car to go anywhere I felt like--into Boston to see a concert; clear across the state of Massachusetts to meet up with a hot Aussie for a couple beers;  down to Philly, to reconnect with a college friend. I loved me a road trip. ...more
Thanks! @victorias_view I'm sure he'll do fine, but it's a bit nerve-wracking any time a loved ...more

An open letter to Oprah Winfrey

Dear Oprah, At 4 p.m. Monday, having studiously avoided all on-line references to the "big reveal" that you had scheduled, I flipped on the T.V. in my kitchen. My eyes pricked with tears listening to you weave the tale of Patricia.  As you narrated her story, I knew before you ever said it.  I knew Patricia was your sister.  Allow me to congratulate you on the new addition to your family! ...more

As a mother who lost a child to adoption in 1966, I wish to say that Margaret is correct in ...more

Fresh Start Fridays: What They Did for My Family

We can be emotional pack-rats, as well. Our burdens weigh heavily on our minds. And I know that when I have a lot on my mind (lately, it's been primarily financial concerns, with my kids' education taking the number two slot) my stress bleeds out into my day to day interactions. I'm short and snippy with my kids. I'm grumpy and frazzled and overwhelmed, so when the boy really wants a cereal bar for breakfast and all I can offer him is toast, I'm sometimes more biting and snotty about my response than I'd like to be. ...more

I think that sometimes our kids can offer the most honest reflection of ourselves, ...more

How I Fought Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Last August, as the days quietly got shorter, I knew I'd either have to get myself back on anti-depressants, or find another route to keep my head in a good place -- November was coming. Nothing is worse than having two kids just becoming excited about the upcoming holidays and feeling as if I'm in an absolute pit. of. despair. ...more

Thanks, Jenna.

I want to try yoga, but as you may have guessed from above...I'm not keen on ...more

How I fought Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and lost 45 pounds in the process: Part 1

It was usually around Veteran's Day when it would hit me full force.  That winter funk.  I realized this back in college.  I couldn't study.  I couldn't write.  I couldn't concentrate on my reading.  I didn't want to  go to class.  I just wanted to pull the covers over my head and go back to sleep. ...more

Teens, Body Image and Feminism: Reflections of a Former Women's Magazine Reader

When I was twelve-years-old, I had a subscription to Seventeen magazine. I had Tiger Beat posters of C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe all over my bedroom walls. This was back in the day when The Outsiders was the popular movie (and book -- I must have read it five times). It was the time of drop-waisted mini-skirts and Sarah Jessica Parker was just a teeny-bopper on Square Pegs --my then-FAVORITE show! ...more

Recently a lot of folks have been referencing Sassy...

Somehow, I missed Sassy--it wasn't on ...more

Gifted Kids and Asynchronous Development: How My Son Learned to Make Friends

At the BBQ, while all the other kids were running around playing tag and other games, Pat sat on the driveway, sketching out an entire undersea eco-system with chalk.  He tried to show it to Billy and the others, but they didn't want to stop their play to look at the drawing, nor were they interested in identifying all the sea creatures that he had included.  They all just wanted to play tag. ...more

I wish you were able to go the conference (though I'm not bringing either of the ...more