From the H Files (this one is funny)

H and I have a system. I get up with Peanut three mornings a week and he gets up with her four mornings a week. Since he works until 6:30 or later most nights (and she goes to bed at 7:30), it's a nice way for him to get an extra hour with her (she wakes up at 7:30 and he has to start getting ready for work by 8:30). Today was his morning. ...more

Maybe not a failure. But here we are, a year and a half later and Peanut is using the potty by ... more

Vaccinations? Yes. Just Yes.

My five-year-old just got her last round of vaccinations until she's an adolescent. It was not pretty. This was the first year she remembered before we hit the doctor's office that there were shots involved. She also remembered how much shots hurt, how much she loathes them. I found myself explaining, for the first time, why she actually has to have them. At least to her. ...more

There is NO MERCURY in childhood vaccines (there are TRACE amounts in the flu vaccine, but ... more

Let's have a Toronto-area pre-BlogHer meet-up in June...who's in?

BlogHer '09 in Chicago is less than 75 days away (!!!!) and we thought it would be great to do an official BlogHer pre-conference meet-up here in Toronto. Now before you say "Oh well, I'm not going to BlogHer this year so I might as well skip this post" - DON'T! This get together is open to both people attending and not attending BlogHer '09 and heck, we just wanted an excuse to get together. Whether you're going to BlogHer or not, you like hanging out with other bloggers, right? You wouldn't be skulking around this group otherwise, right? SO COME ON DOWN.

Interview with Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International

With finances a little tight this year, I've had to reduce the number of organizations I'm donating to in 2009. One of the ones I am continuing to support is Women for Women International. ...more

I found out about Women for Women International last year and I donated as a gift for my mom ... more

Losing my Sugar Shack Virginity

Sugar Shacks should not be confused with the B-52's Love Shack. Sure it is a place where we can get together but a Sugar Shack (or Cabane à Sucre if you prefer) involves lots and lots of maple syrup. I have a confession to make - until this past weekend I, Sassymonkey, was a Sugar Shack virgin. Sure I had read lots about sugaring off season and I even remember that Road to Avonlea episode where Felicity decides to become a maple syrup entrepreneur. I sing the praises of real maple syrup and kicked poor Aunt Jemima out of my kitchen years ago. ...more

Mmmm... fresh hot syrup. Now I want to go back! Either way I'm glad you went. It's one of the ... more

Women Writing In The Age Of Britney: Pop Culture & Gossip & Feministy Stuff, Oh My

How many of us have written posts about Octo-Mom? Sarah Palin? Tina Fey? The Twilight series? Lost? BRITNEY? Even if you don't write for a pop-culture or gossip blog, you've probably, at some point or another, written something that touches on the defining (or disturbing) moments in popular culture. And if you haven't written about it, you've almost certainly read about it. You've probably got at least one pop culture/gossip/entertainment website bookmarked, right? So let's talk about it. ...more

Sign me up :)

Michelle writes at Michelle's ... more

Polytechnique: The Montreal Massacre Movie

There are certain words and phrases that stop you in your tracks. When I hear the words "Montreal Massacre" I am flooded with emotions. Anger. Fear. Grief. Overwhelming sadness. On December 6, 1989 a man walked into Montreal's L'École Polytechnique and looked for women to kill. Every year on December 6, Canadians remember the fourteen women that he murdered. We remember because, as Her Bad Mother put it so well, it was the day someone came to kill all the women. So when I see the words "Montreal Massacre" followed by the words "film" or "movie", yeah, it kind of floors me. ...more

It bothers me too.

Michelle writes at more

Do Vaccines Cause Autism? Study Says No...What Do You Think?

Okay, before you shoot the messenger, let me clarify that. There is no "known" link between vaccines and autism. However, there is also no "known" cause of autism. Millions of children get the MMR vaccine every year, and most of them never develop autism. Even without a scientific study, it seems easy to suggest that vaccines can not be solely responsible for autism. But that doesn't mean there is no link between vaccines and autism, just that there is no proof of a link. ...more

The program has been around since '86 (the court since 1990) and the "debate" ... more

Do Vaccines Cause Autism? Study Says No...What Do You Think?

Okay, before you shoot the messenger, let me clarify that. There is no "known" link between vaccines and autism. However, there is also no "known" cause of autism. Millions of children get the MMR vaccine every year, and most of them never develop autism. Even without a scientific study, it seems easy to suggest that vaccines can not be solely responsible for autism. But that doesn't mean there is no link between vaccines and autism, just that there is no proof of a link. ...more

My anger is that there even is a "debate" and not at you personally, let me make ... more

Do Vaccines Cause Autism? Study Says No...What Do You Think?

Okay, before you shoot the messenger, let me clarify that. There is no "known" link between vaccines and autism. However, there is also no "known" cause of autism. Millions of children get the MMR vaccine every year, and most of them never develop autism. Even without a scientific study, it seems easy to suggest that vaccines can not be solely responsible for autism. But that doesn't mean there is no link between vaccines and autism, just that there is no proof of a link. ...more

I am shocked that as a nurse you are willing to lend credence to these outlandish claims that ... more