Race and the 2012 Election: Just what is going on?

I never believed the post racial narrative of 2008, but I didn’t expect the venom of the Tea Party and their hideously racist signs.I consoled myself with the fact that this kind...more
Daily Kos featured this post in their Community Spotlight section and I got a lot of very ... more

Four Years Later

Exactly four years ago today, I wrote my first post for BlogHer. In that first column, I wrote about the kind of father and husband Barack is for the girls and me. I wrote about how he would fight to build an economy that rewards hard work and responsibility, ensures a good education for all our kids, and improves access to quality, affordable health care. And I wrote about how he’d put in place policies that make it easier for women to care for their families without having to worry about choosing between their kids and their careers....more
 @Erin Kotecki Vest  Erin, This is a very powerful statement. Please keep telling your story!   more

Four Years Later

Exactly four years ago today, I wrote my first post for BlogHer. In that first column, I wrote about the kind of father and husband Barack is for the girls and me. I wrote about how he would fight to build an economy that rewards hard work and responsibility, ensures a good education for all our kids, and improves access to quality, affordable health care. And I wrote about how he’d put in place policies that make it easier for women to care for their families without having to worry about choosing between their kids and their careers....more
It‘s hard to believe that 4 years have passed. It seems like 2008 was only yesterday. I was a ... more

What's Your Perfect Travel Destination?

In Laura Dave's The First Husband the main character, Annie, is a travel writer. I used to think that being a travel writer had to be one of the most awesome jobs a person could have. I've met a few over the years and yes, it can be a fabulous job but it's still a job and it does have its downsides. I've also learned, like Annie, that's there isn't a perfect travel destination....more
 I went to Lisbon for the first time last year. I loved it and my husband and I are planning a ... more

The Case for Obama

I am so tired of left wing critiques of Obama that refuse to credit his achievements...more
Thanks to Julie Welker for reminding me of President Obama’s first official act, "The Lily ... more

Post-Retirement Crime Fears

This week someone broke into my home and stole my laptop. I was upstairs at the time and had stupidly left the back door open. I’ve been careless about this for many years and have been lucky. We’ve only had one robbery in the past 20 years—-someone broke into our garage and stole a power mower....more
Several incidents within a short time period can be really stressful. That is really sad about ... more

Post-Retirement Crime Fears

This week someone broke into my home and stole my laptop. I was upstairs at the time and had stupidly left the back door open. I’ve been careless about this for many years and have been lucky. We’ve only had one robbery in the past 20 years—-someone broke into our garage and stole a power mower....more
@victorias_view I am sure I will get over the fear. The challenge is to get beyond the fear but ... more

The "So What?" Lesson

I could learn a lot from Dominique Browning about gardening. The parts in Slow Love where she talked about her gardens and her approach to gardening were some of my favorites. Perhaps because when it comes to gardening I am a big chicken. Yes, I am scared of my flower beds. ...more
It takes a long time for gardeners to get to that "so what" stage. I still mourn every lost ... more

How Would You Define Yourself Without Work?

One of the things that struck me as I was reading Slow Love is how rudderless Dominique Browning was without work. She, like many of us, was defined by the work she did. Without that work, she asked, who was she? ...more
I don't think Browning ever defined herself solely by her job. As she wrote: All those ... more

Dominique Got Canned: Do You Have A Plan?

Let's not gloss over it -- when Dominique Browning got let go from Conde Nast, she was in a better position than most of us. She didn't have much debt. She owned two houses. She had investments. She had options that meant that she was able to take the time to get back on her feet. That's a luxury that most of us don't have. ...more
I wondered if given all the suffering of the millions of unemployed Americans, I could muster ... more