The Belly of the Sky: When Children Make You Write Poetry

I've written before about how being a mom makes you interested in things you never thought you do or say or care about. But this week in parenting elevated that to a whole new level. A RHYMING level. Like many writers-to-be, I had my adolescent spate with poetry in high school (that's not my entire oeuvre, it's just the only sample that didn't make me want to crawl right under the couch when I reread it), and ever since then I tend to steer clear of it. In fact, during Richard Blanco's reading at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, I tweeted, "Poetry makes me snarky."...more
@JennaHatfield Thank you, Jenna. I don't know if this is a one-off or if the inspiration, via ... more

When Being a Foodie is NOT Cool

The latest thing seems to be being a foodie.  Eating food that we had never even heard of as children.  Taking pleasure in the best restaurants and the finest wines.  As the world has grown smaller, our choices have grown larger.  And that is a good thing.But as the foodie fad has grown, I've also noticed a backlash building.  One where people are verbally attacked for where they ate dinner or what their menu consisted of that night.  And that is decidedly NOT cool!...more
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When Being a Foodie is NOT Cool

The latest thing seems to be being a foodie.  Eating food that we had never even heard of as children.  Taking pleasure in the best restaurants and the finest wines.  As the world has grown smaller, our choices have grown larger.  And that is a good thing.But as the foodie fad has grown, I've also noticed a backlash building.  One where people are verbally attacked for where they ate dinner or what their menu consisted of that night.  And that is decidedly NOT cool!...more
I came across this fabulous quote from a book of essays by actress/writer/wit Cornelia Otis ... more

Interview with Pamela Ribon, Author and Roller Derby Girl

Pamela Ribon, a fellow former Television Without Pity recapper, is pretty much a rockstar these days. Not only does she pull some sweet television writing gigs, but she's got three books under her belt and is a bad-ass roller derby girl, and, coincidentally, so is the heroine of her newest book, Going in Circles. ...more

Here's the archived live chat Pam did at Tomato Nation with Sarah ... more

Leave a Comment Now to Donate a Book to a Child in Need (Really!)

BlogHer and BookRenter, a company that rents textbooks to college students, have joined forces because we know that books makes a difference. Help us meet our goal of 1,000 books donated -- we're not there yet! ...more

Since I am now a writer, I am intrigued that my favorite childhood books featured girls who grew ... more

Going to Restaurants With Kids: Let Parents Leave the House!

Well, another of THOSE articles has come out. What, you didn't hear? Francis Lam wrote a piece on Salon asking, "Is it possible to dine out politely with kids?" Just reading the title made my blood pressure rise. ...more

Interesting article in the WaPo: "New baby boom fosters culture clash: Parents vs. public ... more

Going to Restaurants With Kids: Let Parents Leave the House!

Well, another of THOSE articles has come out. What, you didn't hear? Francis Lam wrote a piece on Salon asking, "Is it possible to dine out politely with kids?" Just reading the title made my blood pressure rise. ...more

Oh, yes, it's a great piece by Michael. Thanks for linking, Shannon. My dad's an attorney in ... more

Going to Restaurants With Kids: Let Parents Leave the House!

Well, another of THOSE articles has come out. What, you didn't hear? Francis Lam wrote a piece on Salon asking, "Is it possible to dine out politely with kids?" Just reading the title made my blood pressure rise. ...more

This is very much my point: "So let me just say this: you don't know that family's story."

We ... more

Going to Restaurants With Kids: Let Parents Leave the House!

Well, another of THOSE articles has come out. What, you didn't hear? Francis Lam wrote a piece on Salon asking, "Is it possible to dine out politely with kids?" Just reading the title made my blood pressure rise. ...more

If I had been on your plane, I would have tried every way I could to help you and the ... more

Going to Restaurants With Kids: Let Parents Leave the House!

Well, another of THOSE articles has come out. What, you didn't hear? Francis Lam wrote a piece on Salon asking, "Is it possible to dine out politely with kids?" Just reading the title made my blood pressure rise. ...more

Yep, that's pretty bad behavior.

However, I would hazard that parents that are late with kids ... more