Why Can't I Handle My Husband's Travel?

There's this thing going on in my life right now that I keep wanting to write about and keep feeling like I can't. ...more
Opening up about a challenge is not complaining and it's not bad mouthing your husband or your ... more

Calls for Boycott of Sochi Olympics by LGBT Advocates Escalate

The Winter Olympics are scheduled to begin in a little over six months in Sochi, Russia. But as the event draws near, athletes who have trained their entire lives for a chance to win Olympic gold find themselves in a difficult, and perhaps risky, situation. Human rights and LGBT activists are calling for the Games to be relocated or boycotted while Russia is standing firm on its draconian anti-gay laws. ...more
This is such a difficult, complex question, and I'm still not at all comfortable with Russia ... more

It's Not Just About Trayvon Martin

Editor's update, 7/13/13: A Florida jury today acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges in Trayvon Martin's death. We'll be monitoring reaction and pointing you to must-reads, and encourage you to share your reaction as well. -- Julie ...more
Thank you ever so much for writing this, Lisa.   I'm white, but my husband is black. And deals ... more

Yahoo! Weather. Yes, Weather, And a Lot More, Too

I abandoned my regular iPhone weather app without a backward glance when I installed Yahoo! Weather the other day. It only took me about two seconds to fall in love with Yahoo! Weather, which is available for both iOS and Adroid. Here are my reasons why. ...more
Very cool! I'm definitely getting this app. Thanks for sharing it. more

Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

I'm not happy about this post. I love mocking ridiculous things, but I feel most comfortable poking fun at stuff I like. Things like my college football team, my kids' quirks, my brother's ability to get free stuff from anyone he meets, and how my mom identifies herself by name when she leaves me a message. "Oh, hi Amy. This is your mom. Susan." My favorite target is myself. But today I turn my disdain outward, to a society that complains about consumerism and too many commitments, but spends $30 dollars for the privilege of managing the "magic" of a cheaply made stuffed elf during the busiest month of the year....more
Also, what about being good because it's the right thing to do, not so Santa will bring you what ... more

Avoid Analytics Overload: Google Analytics Tips

As the session begins, both panelists express to use what what learning Google Analytics can do for you: you can use it to evaluate the effectiveness of what your are doing and how effective your blog is with your readers. ...more
Will a link to the slide show from this session be put on this page eventually? Thanks! more

How Do You Feel About Music on Blogs?

Music on blogs -- you either love it or hate it. As A Rural Journal notes, people feel strongly about whether or not to use an autoload music player on your blog. Some people see music as a form of self-expression that tells the reader about the author just as much as the design or the content. But others dive for the mute button on their computer whenever they click over to a blog and hear the opening notes of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." ...more
I have a passionate hatred for it. If you want to share music, share your Last.fm account link ... more

The Real Danger in America: Hospital Birth

As tempting as it is to make emotional arguments against the safety of home birth, as Feministe did recently, it's not home births that are driving America's high rates of maternal and fetal death. It's hospital birth. America has among the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country. ...more
The statistics on death and injury among hospital births in the US is chilling and appalling. As ... more

How Do You Know if Something Counts as Fair Use?

From blogs to Pinterest to Facebook and YouTube, the words "fair use" are thrown around quite a bit. In theory, fair use is a great concept. Unfortunately, 9 times out 10, I find bloggers I speak with aren’t applying it correctly when they think they are. I’m not an attorney, but in writing about social media netiquette and ethics, I’ve become aware of how misunderstood certain legal basics can be. So, let’s talk about the myths, the misconceptions and the meaning of fair use from the layman’s perspective....more
Also, my experience has been that if you contact people who take your work without permission, ... more

How Do You Know if Something Counts as Fair Use?

From blogs to Pinterest to Facebook and YouTube, the words "fair use" are thrown around quite a bit. In theory, fair use is a great concept. Unfortunately, 9 times out 10, I find bloggers I speak with aren’t applying it correctly when they think they are. I’m not an attorney, but in writing about social media netiquette and ethics, I’ve become aware of how misunderstood certain legal basics can be. So, let’s talk about the myths, the misconceptions and the meaning of fair use from the layman’s perspective....more
I'm so glad you're sharing this. I wish more people bothered to become educated about these ... more