The Cult of Organics: Is It Worth the Extra Money?

At a playdate with a group of mothers, I once horrified an impossibly hip, young mom by telling her I refused to eat organic food because it was too expensive and that I felt I wouldn't be buying a better product. The look of shock on her face made me wonder if I had suddenly experienced a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction. After glancing down to make sure I wasn't flashing anyone (and to check that Justin Timberlake wasn't lurking behind a bush), I tried to calmly explain my position on organic versus conventionally grown food. ...more
Where I live, Whole Foods is the only real, consistent place to go for organic foods.  However, ... more

When Your Kids' Camp Doesn't Take Sunscreen Seriously

Earlier this week, I caught wind of the Michener kids, who got severe sunburns after a field day spent without sunscreen due to a state law preventing adults from applying sunscreen to kids (even if they have the required prescription to put the sunscreen on in the first place). I thought to myself, "At least I don't have to worry about that." YES, THAT IS FORESHADOWING....more
I'm really sorry this happened.  My son is 8, too.  His skin isn't as fair as your daughter's.  ... more

@Whymommy Love Fest Held As Susan G. Komen Cuts Off Planned Parenthood Funding

Hi everyone, When I read yesterday that Susan G. Komen has decided to end hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual grants toPlanned Parenthood for breast cancer screening and related services, I immediately thought of two women: ...more
@Bettykin I'd like to not fund certain things - such as huge military spending, imposition of ... more

@Whymommy Love Fest Held As Susan G. Komen Cuts Off Planned Parenthood Funding

Hi everyone, When I read yesterday that Susan G. Komen has decided to end hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual grants toPlanned Parenthood for breast cancer screening and related services, I immediately thought of two women: ...more
@patriot1776dlr Given that I've had a GYN Exam and Pap smear at a Planned Parenthood clinic, I ... more

Putting the WAH! in WAHM

So I just got this fantastic new full-time job. It's my dream come true: I spend the day in great company, with smart, funny women who are creative, talented and bracingly honest. I get to use both sides of my brain: strategy and business brain and well as emo/writing/community/build-a-better-world brain. (Woot!) And I get a paycheck every two weeks. (I know, I'm pinching myself.)The other amazing benefit? I get to work from home. Let me tell you how totally amazing this is! ::insert crickets chirping:: ...more
Thanks for this post...I've never read anyone capturing my own experience so well (especially ... more

Occupying "Downton Abbey"

Have you caught Downton Abbey fever yet? It’s the latest series from the 40-year-old Masterpiece (formerly Masterpiece Theater) franchise on PBS, and the season two premiere aired this past Sunday at 9pm....more
Love Downton Abbey...I just read a piece (New Yorker I think) that hypothesized that one of the ... more

Shannon of Rocks in My Dryer: On Going Publicly Pro-Life

I'm excited to welcome you to the first in Why I'm Political, a series of interviews with women from around the web who don't usually write about the political world -- but, when they dipped their toes in those waters, wrote some amazing essays! For those of us who spend time hanging around the web, it's not a surprise that women have found new empowerment through social media tools, including their blogs, to write about topics they might not have before. And while there aren't all that many women who write about politics as their main focus, women who are writing about their lives in powerful and passionate ways do find themselves weighing in on important issues....more
I absolutely support Shannon's (and anyone's) rights to their own political opinions, However, ... more

Which of the new fall TV shows do you think will be successful?

Most of the new fall television programs have premiered over the past couple of weeks.  Have you seen any of them yet?  This is the time of year when the following question can be heard across the land: "If I'm watching one channel, and recording another, can I still watch a third channel or will my DVR box explode?"  Retro is the code word for this year's new crop of TV series.  From the recent past (1960's "Mad Men" wannabes, "Pan Am" on ABC and "...more
I was going to comment that the first ep of Homeland was terrific. Clare Danes was much more ... more

Enemy, Thine Name is Cake Pops

Cake Pops.  Peaking in popularity, they are everything a girl with a sugar habit could ever want: cute, tiny, delicious balls of sugar and cuteness.They are my enemy.  Cake Pops....more
I have a similar story involving me and Whoopie Pies...I feel your pain. But, the cake balls ... more

Mother Convicted of Felony for Sending Kids to a Better School

Ms. Williams-Bolar made the kind of decision many of us might when faced with how to educate her children: she used her father’s address to get them into the good school district. But the district hired a private investigator to follow her home and find evidence of what she was doing. After two years in the Copley schools, her daughters were ousted and Williams-Bolar was arrested. Last week, she and her father were both convicted of felonies. ...more

that authorities went overboard (and that is a whole other issue than the point to my comment ... more