Listening to the Women of Monsanto

Monsanto recently made the headlines when the Supreme Court unanimously ruled to uphold the company's patent on its genetically modified seed. ...more
Food, heartland, health, the future of our country - you're right on the pulse again Aimee. I ... more

What Would Betty Friedan Say about the "Lean In" Debate?

The contractions started at 7,000 feet. I was on a plane from San Francisco to Chicago to pitch a new client for our advertising agency. Twenty-three weeks pregnant with my second child, I had just been promoted to vice president and was eager to prove my worth. My career was on fire. So was my belly. ...more
@Aimee Whetstine yep - under my red suit with padded shoulders and above my cream colored ... more

What Would Betty Friedan Say about the "Lean In" Debate?

The contractions started at 7,000 feet. I was on a plane from San Francisco to Chicago to pitch a new client for our advertising agency. Twenty-three weeks pregnant with my second child, I had just been promoted to vice president and was eager to prove my worth. My career was on fire. So was my belly. ...more
@thlsralv We all are. By using our tax dollars to benefit families. Someone once told me that ... more

What Would Betty Friedan Say about the "Lean In" Debate?

The contractions started at 7,000 feet. I was on a plane from San Francisco to Chicago to pitch a new client for our advertising agency. Twenty-three weeks pregnant with my second child, I had just been promoted to vice president and was eager to prove my worth. My career was on fire. So was my belly. ...more
@Bellagirl46 one of the challenges with the lean in debate is that, yet again, people without ... more

What Would Betty Friedan Say about the "Lean In" Debate?

The contractions started at 7,000 feet. I was on a plane from San Francisco to Chicago to pitch a new client for our advertising agency. Twenty-three weeks pregnant with my second child, I had just been promoted to vice president and was eager to prove my worth. My career was on fire. So was my belly. ...more
The best thing about being published just before you leave on vacation is that when you return ... more

Soccer and My Daughter’s Concussion: What’s A Good Mother to Do?

At first, I didn’t even realize it had happened. My sixteen-year-old daughter was playing goalie for her premier soccer team at a college scouting tournament during Thanksgiving break this past November. As a player from the other team charged the goal, by daughter went in for the save. They both missed the ball and hit each other head-on. The other player fell down and then got up and brushed herself off. My daughter stumbled but didn’t fall. She then managed to capture the ball and save the goal....more
@Elisa Camahort Elisa, It is scary and frustrating because the injuries are hidden. And you are ... more

Soccer and My Daughter’s Concussion: What’s A Good Mother to Do?

At first, I didn’t even realize it had happened. My sixteen-year-old daughter was playing goalie for her premier soccer team at a college scouting tournament during Thanksgiving break this past November. As a player from the other team charged the goal, by daughter went in for the save. They both missed the ball and hit each other head-on. The other player fell down and then got up and brushed herself off. My daughter stumbled but didn’t fall. She then managed to capture the ball and save the goal....more
Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your experience. She is tough and smart and wise. ... more

My Daughter, the Bully

When my daughter was in second grade, she spent most of her free periods lording over the playground. She decided what games were played and who played them. She decided who was “in” and who wasn’t. She decided if your Disney princess tee shirt was cool or so last year. On many days, she sent girls home crying to their mothers. The teachers told me she was a very self-determined little girl. The other parents told me she certainly knew her own mind. No one told me she was a bully. ...more
@brieccles Thank you for your kind words. I believe the more we step up and take responsibility ... more

Mother of Gay Son Ponders Gay Dad Project

“I’m gonna getcha,” cried my son who had just arrived home from his first fall at college. It was Christmas and our extended family was gathered to celebrate. He, this newly formed man, was on all fours scrambling after his toddler cousin. Our collective laughter spiraled the room as the new-to-walking little boy mimicked Frankenstein in his efforts to get away. My son scooped his cousin up and razzed the baby’s belly creating fits of giggles for them both. Later, my son asked, “Mom, do you think I’ll be a good father?”...more
@erin margolin Erin, he is amazing. Thanks for the kiddos on the writing. Looking forward to ... more

Mother of Gay Son Ponders Gay Dad Project

“I’m gonna getcha,” cried my son who had just arrived home from his first fall at college. It was Christmas and our extended family was gathered to celebrate. He, this newly formed man, was on all fours scrambling after his toddler cousin. Our collective laughter spiraled the room as the new-to-walking little boy mimicked Frankenstein in his efforts to get away. My son scooped his cousin up and razzed the baby’s belly creating fits of giggles for them both. Later, my son asked, “Mom, do you think I’ll be a good father?”...more
@PeteShea Thanks for reading and for commenting Pete. The lucky one is me. My son is my hero. more