What It Feels Like When You're Having an Anxiety Attack

I suffer from anxiety along with my depression. It's a tricky thing to manage. A lot of people don't really understand what it's like to have an anxiety attack so I thought I would share what happens to me whenever one comes up. ...more
Yes, the deep breathing and just getting out of uncomfortable situations helps. I've had ... more

6 Things You'll Regret Saying to Your Children

Do you ever feel guilt and regret for something that you've said to your child? The words that just came out of your mouth sounded as if they were from an alien being (and even more awful, perhaps like some of the things your own mother once said to you, and you vowed you would never say), and there is no way you would speak like that to your best friend! Immediately you regret what you said. It's no surprise that your child is now arguing with you. ...more
Some of these I agree with, and other's not so much.  I do tell my children that I am proud of ... more

I Knew Him by His First Name: I Grew to Call Him Dad

Percy. I only called him “Dad” selectively, usually when I needed something. My friends marveled that I had the balls to call my dad by his first name. But it wasn’t an act of rebellion; my mom called him Percy and we just parroted what she said. He never seemed to mind. It’s taken years to piece together who Percy really was and how that same Percy intersected with Dad—a title I instinctively started using only after the picture of who he was as a man, as a father, became clearer as I grew older. ...more
I love this... truly a beautiful remembrance.  Thank you for sharing. more

Putting the Hands Back in Handmade: What Etsy's Changes Mean for Crafters

There are headlines floating all over the interwebs right now on how sellers on Etsy are protesting their latest change of policies. I’m betting 50% of my readers are saying, “What’s Etsy?” 45% are probably asking, “What policy change?” And the last group is packing up their profiles from Etsy and moving on....more
This is sad.  I have noticed some of the garage-sale type stuff for a while but I could avoid ... more

I Confess: I'm Prejudiced (And Ashamed of It)

I was at the grocery store one day and got in line behind a woman I recognized as the mom of a girl in my son’s kindergarten class. She had a pile of produce in front of her, and the cashier was holding a few Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) checks, which I realized are food stamps. The cashier told me to go to another check stand, because “this is gonna take awhile.”...more
This post is timely, as I was just having a heated debate with someone about the jerks in ... more

Childfree Response to "Of Pleasure and Parenthood"

I call this "On pleasure and personhood -- the final word." Last year I was visiting my childhood friend, now a mother, when dinner time arrived. She squirted ketchup onto her daughter’s plate and then her son’s. And then mine. I looked at it. She immediately recognized her mistake and laughed. She knew I could squirt my own ketchup, she said, but she was just so used to doing it … she apologized (still laughing) for overstepping her role as “mother” by inadvertently mothering me. ...more
I honestly don't care if people choose to have children or not.  I knew I wanted them and I have ... more

Penn State and Paterno, After the Freeh Report

Penn Staters everywhere are reeling.  The Freeh report on the Sandusky scandal is out and the world is demonizing Penn State, Paterno, our Nittany Lion football team, and pointing the finger of blame at all of us who bleed blue and white.As a Penn Stater myself, I can only speak for myself, but I hope that my thoughts and feelings expressed here will resonate with others, as I know we consider ourselves a community....more
I did read your entire post.  It causes me great pain and I know it causes others great pain.  I ... more

Enter to Win! Buyer's Guide Picks From the Experts

Product Picks From the Inspiration to Fitness ExpertsOnce again, we asked our Inspiration to Fitness experts which products they would love to try out from Best Buy, and here are their latest picks! In the comments below, tell us what looks good to you for the chance to win the Perfect Portion Scale and the Epione skin care system*. One lucky reader will win both! (Update 2/29/12: this sweepstakes has now ended....more
I would love the yurbuds -- they look much more comfortable than my current buds. more

The Idiot Box and Us: Decisions About TV

The nickname "idiot box" well describes how I feel TV and kids generally get along. You plonk a child in front of the TV and all you’ll get is a stagnant, vacant, dumbed down version of what was once an active, bright, spunky, individual. There are so many other, better, things kids could be doing. For a long time I’ve held the view that TV is not great for kids. I still hold that view, but lately I’ve been reassessing how TV works in our family. ...more

I'm not a tv person. I occasionally watch Top Gear with my husband or a movie but other than ... more

Bank Foreclosures, Motrin Recalls, Stolen Bananas: Where Have Ethics Gone?

The grandfather stands at the counter with a young child. She appears to be about four years of age. He purchases burgers and fries. The man requests a water cup, pays for the purchase and then walks over to the soda machine. He proceeds to fill the cup with Cola. The young girl watched him. At his eye level there is a sign that said the courtesy cup is only for water. This is an ethics lesson. He failed. ...more

I *try* to always think about doing the "right thing" -- I can't believe people out there ... more