I Feel Irrelevant, and I'm Trying to Find My Purpose

I recently shared with a friend that I felt irrelevant. What led to that conclusion was a year of tremendous upheaval. I left my university teaching job, sold my home, moved away from my community and friends, and sent my twins to college 14 hours away. All of the roles I had assumed for years -- mother, teacher, colleague, friend -- seemed to fall away, leaving... what? ...more
Just the fact that you are writing this and grappling with these questions shows that you are ... more

My Chronic Illness Revealed Society's Sick Weight Standards

I lost 15 pounds in two months. I should be excited. At 5'3" I now tip the scales only at 93 pounds. I should be horrified. The truth is, since my diagnosis of celiac disease (an autoimmune condition in which ingesting gluten causes inflammation and damage to the intestines), I've transformed from, as my mother put it, a 106 pound "muscular Barbie" at the peak of soccer season to a skinny minnie and I don't know how I feel about it....more
I had a similar experience losing a lot of weight because of illness during my freshman year of ... more

Where Were You When the Challenger Blew Up?

In the 80s, our “Where were you when” moment was the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986. The explosion occurred 73 seconds after liftoff, and I watched it happen on live TV along with so many other Americans. It really sucks when a source of national pride becomes a national tragedy. The accident was the result of rapid deceleration and not combustion of fuel....more
How could this have been 30 years ago? I was in my freshman history class, and the principal ... more

EXCLUSIVE: Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres on Women, Terrorism, and President Obama

Two weeks ago I had an amazing opportunity to head to Israel for my first time and keynote the "Women at the Forefront" conference produced by Saloona... the leading Israeli site and platform for women bloggers (with not too different a mission from BlogHer). The opportunity got even more enriching when I sat down with Saloona award-winner Shimon Peres, former prime minister and president of Israel, for a one-on-one interview....more
This was so profound: "People think if we kill terrorists we’ll be safe, but we have to kill the ... more

Officer Daniel Holtzclaw Convicted of Rape: More Than Black and White

Toni Morrison once commented that racism will be over when a white man is convicted of raping a black woman. That happened yesterday— sort of — when Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty of many counts of sexual assault against poor black women....more
I do recognize the significance of these convictions, given the historical context of justice ... more

Amazon's ‘The Man In the High Castle’ Makes Us Think About Racism, Anti-Semitism and Fascism in America

The good news is, if the Axis powers had actually won World War II as posited in Amazon’s new series, The Man In the High Castle, it wouldn’t affect my life much. The bad news is that’s because I’d be dead. Well, technically, unborn. ...more
I'm going to have to check out this series now... more

5 Ways 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Got Me Thinking About Cross-Cultural Thanksgivings

Recently, I watched the new CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which features Rebecca, a Jewish American woman visiting her ex-boyfriend Josh’s extended Filipino American family for Thanksgiving. While it’s completely over-the-top (the hip-hop video segment!), it was hilarious....more
Laura Kosloff Thanks for chiming in! I'm glad it makes sense. more

Mizzou, Yale, Freedom of Speech and Checking My Own Privilege

As a journalist, I’ve always been a staunch supporter of the First Amendment, but the tensions at college campuses this week have me thinking about freedom of speech and my own blind spots. At the University of Missouri, there was the tension between black students protesting the administration’s blind eye to their repeated reports of racial harassment and threats....more
Elisa Camahort Right? I think it sounds good in theory to say students should work things out ... more

Hillary Shines in First Democratic Debate

Coming into the first Democratic presidential debate as a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton, I had mixed emotions. On the one hand, I felt confident because I expected her to be well prepared and well versed on the issues. On the other hand, I feared she might be mischaracterized or attacked unfairly. Luckily she brought her A game....more
I agree that Hillary did really well at the debate, actually most of the candidates did. And ... more

A Toast to Building Movements and Challenging the Status Quo

It’s nearly a year since BlogHer and SheKnows Media joined forces, and I’m excited to share that BlogHer, Inc. is now completely in the capable hands of SheKnows Media and CEO Philippe Guelton....more
Lisa, your leadership and vision has been so inspiring to me and such an asset at BlogHer! I'm ... more