How Come I'm the Only One Who Kept My Maiden Name?

My name is Christie O’Brien Tate. It's the name I’ve had all my life.  It will always be my name, even though I'm married with two children, and I'm the only one in my household with the last name Tate.  For as long as I can remember, I planned to keep my maiden name.  Long before I read the work of Betty Friedan or Catharine MacKinnon, I knew I wanted my name to stay with me. Sometimes when people ask me why I kept my maiden name, I joke that I'm horrible with paperwork, so there's no way I was going to schlep down to the DMV to update my driver’s license. ...more
I didn't change my last name though sometimes I think about it still. I grew up in a divorced ... more

What the Neighbor Girls Did

This is a post about loss and riches. About tears despite immense gratitude. And about the kind of love for neighbor that binds us all together.   But first, let me tell you a story of how four little girls made a grown woman cry. ...more

A friend on Twitter pointed me to your post, and I just wanted to reach out. I lost my house in ... more

Five Things Friday - When I was a Kid...

50 years ago the old folks were talking about how spoiled the kids were as well.  Such ... more

Do Tell: Share Your Guilty Pleasures

Pop culture guilty pleasures. We all have them. We almost never admit them. Come on, you're at BlogHer. In the safe nest. Tell us all your secrets. ...more

Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus!

Mean Girls, Parent Trap (Lindsay Lohan ... more