Ending Violence Against Women Is About Jobs, Housing & Protecting Kids Too

It's a cliche but I've had a full circle moment. I've gone from a girl who saw her mom being beaten, saw her father being arrested, and who couldn't sleep with the lights off until a few years ago... to being the mother of a son who lives in a safe, healthy household with a father who protects him... to being invited to be in a room full of change agents who are working daily to end violence. ...more

Thank you so much for sharing your story and for going forward to help make change ... more

Pre-BlogHer 2010 Meetup - Details and RSVP

Hello again!After a few emails suggesting the Old Spaghetti Factoy is Gastown in order to accomodate anyone who wanted to come, I think we have a winner for the pre-BlogHer meet up.We'll be meeting at 6 p.m. at the Old Spaghetti Factory (http://www.oldspaghettifactory.ca/locations/british_columbia/gastown%2Cv...) on Saturday, July 17th, 2010. I've booked a reservation but need to call back with firmer numbers Please either RSVP below or email me (dutchblitzin AT gmail DOT com).

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I love drinking water, I love sleeping and I love exercising. The trouble is the last two ... more

CPSIA Update - A Possible Glimmer of Hope for Small Businesses and Crafters Right Before Christmas?

Banning children's books from libraries, trombones from grade school bands, hand-whittled natural wooden trains, and hand-sewn quilts from little old ladies at church fairs: If that all sounds like some sort of Orwellian plot twist, no such luck. These are actual headlines that have appeared in 2009, in response to the CPSIA....more

This crazy law has made 2009 a devastating year for so many. Thank you for bringing it to ... more

Encountering Crisis Online: What to Do When Someone Threatens Suicide

90-day-Jane started her blog with a very clear mission and message. She planned to kill herself. Her blog would chronicle the 90 days leading up to her suicide. Her "About Me" introduction read:I am going to kill myself in 90 days. What else should I say? This blog is not a cry for help or even to get attention. It's simply a public record of my last 90 days of existence. I'm not depressed and nothing extremely horrible lead me to this decision. But does it really have to?...My generation has had no great depression, no great war and our biggest obstacle is beating Halo 3. So, if I feel like saying 'game over', why can't I?...more

It's very frustrating when people like 90 Day Jane mess with such an important issue. I think ... more

What the Heck is a Momspotter?

I saw a lot of tweets over the weekend asking "what the heck is this momspotting thing?" People, I'm here to help. ...more

Fun idea. I'll be watching the hashtag.

Susan (5 Minutes for ... more

Vancouver BlogHer 09 Holiday Meet Up

Hey, fellow Vancouverites!  We're looking for you.Terra (aka Zoey Jane) and I are looking for some fun-seeking, warmth-loving, rain splashing social media sorts to join us in a local BlogHer meet up.  Our plans include a charitable drive (details TBD: Terra has already started polling the Twitterverse) 

A Fairy Tale Homecoming? No. Teen Gang Raped As Crowd Looks On

Police in Richmond, California say a 15-year old girl was gang raped at school, during Homecoming. Let me repeat that. Gang raped AT SCHOOL. CNN has the details: ...more

I'm so enraged by this crime that I can't get it off my mind.

I wrote more about it in ... more

A Fairy Tale Homecoming? No. Teen Gang Raped As Crowd Looks On

Police in Richmond, California say a 15-year old girl was gang raped at school, during Homecoming. Let me repeat that. Gang raped AT SCHOOL. CNN has the details: ...more

Please let us all follow your advice. Every day we must remind our children the importance of ... more

The Blogger PR Blackout - The good, the bad, and the completely puzzling

There have been any number of times that I have eagerly clicked over to my favorite personal blog, awaiting a hilarious breastfeeding story or an engaging rant about reality TV (Kelly Bensimmon, you just kill me with that orange skin!) only to find an uninspired giveaway of Consumer Package Good X. I'd be lying if I didn't admit I often wonder what the blog world would be like if everyone got back to blogging their passions, as they mostly did 3 or 4 years ago (I know, call me Granny), and away from the half-hearted marketing plugs. ...more

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