An Affair Strengthened My Marriage

It began as a typical Saturday night out with my closest women friends. But on that particular evening as we sat, laughed and talked in a popular New York restaurant, acquaintances were seated nearby celebrating their friend Alex's* birthday. They invited us to join their table for a toast, which turned into several. When the house music came on and everyone headed for the bar, Alex — handsome and playful — took my hand and led me to the dance floor. ...more
I get this and am sort of shaking my head at the comments. Perhaps some of you can't fathom ... more

Announcing the BlogHer '14 Party Plan!

After long days of networking, learning, listening, geeking out, and generally pursuing the serious business of conferencing, we all know that the evening events are where some of the best networking and connection-building is done! To that end, we produce and co-host parties, big and small to suit every party palate. This post will give you some scoop. And features a little bit of a tease too, to make you wonder what's coming after the holiday weekend :) ...more
I'm so very excited. Not only am I bringing my daughter this year, but I just found out my ... more

The Girl Who Wanted To Be A Boy

Disclaimer:  I realize this is a sensitive subject for many.  Please, understand this was not written with a heart of condemnation, but rather with a heart wanting to understand. ...more
I think there is much more to the story (and has been documented) via just a simple video trying ... more

Momcraft and the Little Town That Minecrafting Moms Can Call Our Own

I started playing Minecraft on a cold evening in February after my son came downstairs near tears, mumbling about wandering underground for days and losing his diamonds. I wanted to understand why anyone would play a game that involved so much work and ended in death and loss on a regular basis. ...more
I love this so much...mostly because this was Second Life for us way back when. We even held a ... more

#SuckitLupus: Blogging with Lupus

May is Lupus Awareness Month, and I have one little word (okay, hashtag) for this disease: #SuckitLupus ...more
Oh oh... so many! - then all the wonderful auto-immune related and lupus ... more

It's Time for a Frank Discussion on Vaccinating: Don't Be a Jerk

At the same time that Jenny McCarthy is learning that people are attracted to people who vaccinate their children, Kristin Cavallari is being hailed as the next Jenny McCarthy for her public statements on how vaccines cause autism. Meanwhile, back here on planet Earth—where opinions never turn into facts, no matter how fervently we believe, no matter how personal the loss or the triumph—the growing number of parents who have chosen not to vaccinate their children is in part responsible for a resurgence in diseases long laid almost to rest. ...more
I would like to plead for my life in this forum.  I understand some people have allergies and ... more

Yes, Elsa is Sexy in 'Frozen,' and Disney Got It Right

(This post is written in response to a piece which appeared on SlateandHuff Post Parents.) ...more
I have to admit...when I saw that moment I thought to myself 'oh, here comes the sexy ... more

Ani DiFranco Fans, Duck Dynasty, and Racial Privilege

You either laugh, smirk or roll your eyes, but it could happen. After all, a month ago, did you think one of the most beloved icons of feminist queer music folklore, Ani DiFranco, would organize a (really expensive) retreat on a plantation? Yes, a plantation -- as in the antebellum Louisiana South....more
Hole   eee   crap. more

"I Can't Do My Homework Because We Have Termites," and Other Lies My Son Told

So then…I open an email from Tucker’s 6th grade teacher that says: “Dear Mrs. Perdu: Tucker did not have his homework today; he told me this was because there was a termite infestation at home. I told him he needed to ask you to write a note explaining the situation, but he said that his family did not believe in writing notes. However, since our homework policy is not to accept late work, I would appreciate a note or an e-mail when unusual situations occur so that Tucker can receive full credit....more
I'm actually a little impressed he went with termites. He might have even gotten away with it ... more

While My Sisters Gently Weep

I stood in the dark solace of my kitchen with my hands clenched tightly against the sink. My teeth dig into my lower lip as the silent tears began to burn my cheeks. The only interruption of this quiet moment were the sounds of my sniffles as I did everything I could to hold onto the last bit of composure I had within me. Then, I couldn't. I just couldn't hold it back any more and the tears flowed, my nose dripped, my lips quivered, my shoulders shook, and my soul cried out for relief as I released everything I'd been holding in. I kicked the cabinets and pounded the sink, as I cried and cried and cried. ...more
It is hard to know what to say except I am listening. I AM STILL listening. And I vow to keep ... more