When A Mother Loses A Child

The unimaginable happens. A mother loses a child. This happened just now. To Anna See who blogs at An Inch of Gray. And because we are all so connected, by our stories and our words and our electronics and our RSS feeds and Tweets, the news goes around like an electric shock, touching not only those who knew her, her family, her writing, but also spinning out to so many of those who didn't. ...more

A Former Cheerleader on the Piedmont Hills Cheerleading Uniform Ban in School

I was a cheerleader in high school. I wore the short skirt complete with black shiny nylon briefs (we called them "spankies," for God's sake) over my underwear to school, to class, usually three days a week, for all four years of high school and two years of junior high. I was a cheerleader every damn year, forever and ever. And when I heard today a high school banned its own cheerleaders' short skirts from class, I was happy about it. Not for the reason you'd think....more
I was a cheerleader for five years & hated wearing my uniform to school. To the point that we ... more

I'm Supposed to Play with These Kids?

I actually considered not writing this, even though I felt compelled to do so. Because this borders a little too closely on something I may want to pretend doesn’t exist. Something I may deny. Something my ego hates to admit. Most of the time, I pretty much can’t stand playing with my kids....more

You know, I honestly felt that way about the baby stage.

I'm supposed to cuddle him? I'm ... more

Why You Shouldn't Schedule Your Tweets

Deep in conversation, you are all expressing your gratitude for our US soldiers. Some are expressing concerns over the safety of our troops and the retaliation that is certain to come from Bin Laden's death. Additionally, many are aghast at the celebrations taking place in the streets, remembering back to 9/11 when "they" were celebrating in the face of our tragedy. The conversations are deep, meaningful, thought provoking. Then, all of a sudden, one of the friends present says "Hey... look at these cookies I made for Mother's Day. Pretty awesome aren't they?" ...more

"...I'm not sure we can fault people for not being plugged in 100% of the ... more

Royal Wedding Fever ~ Have You Got the Bug?

Not to date myself, but let's just say I DO NOT remember the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. I do however have chills forming on my legs remembering the style, grace, and all-around dreaminess of the late Princess Di. She was a real girl, and she grew up to be a Princess....more

The fridge slays me dead.

Beth Anne blogs under a pen name at more

Wills & Kate: I Just Can't Hate

WAIT. No. I swore I would not get wrapped up in the Royal Wedding. People get married every day and it's no big, right? The only thing special about this couple is that she could take bird poop and limp spaghetti and wear it as a charming hat (and more importantly, make it look amazing). And oh yeah, there's that whole heir-to-the-British-throne thing. Plus the jewels. Oh, the jewels! I wonder what tiara she'll wear on her wedding day. Oooh, People is running a list of possibilities and I think #3 would be fantastic because it's so dainty... ...more

yes, yes, yes.

Beth Anne blogs under a pen name at more

Wills & Kate: I Just Can't Hate

WAIT. No. I swore I would not get wrapped up in the Royal Wedding. People get married every day and it's no big, right? The only thing special about this couple is that she could take bird poop and limp spaghetti and wear it as a charming hat (and more importantly, make it look amazing). And oh yeah, there's that whole heir-to-the-British-throne thing. Plus the jewels. Oh, the jewels! I wonder what tiara she'll wear on her wedding day. Oooh, People is running a list of possibilities and I think #3 would be fantastic because it's so dainty... ...more

It is fascinating, absolutely.

I even wrote a post when they got engaged about how I used to ... more

Exhaustion and Green Backlash: Capitalizing on Crunchy

Lately I've realized something. After I'm done reading the many articles on Facebook or the news about organics, new studies on genetically modified food, chemical laden everything, and how pregnant women are passing toxins onto their unborn children -- I feel worse about myself. ...more

It's pricey to be green. Organic milk is almost double what "regular" milk is, cloth diapers ... more

This is What Postpartum Depression Feels Like

So I didn’t send it. That’s a mistake. Friends let me tell you, the moment you have the instant reaction to reach out? DO IT. Trust me. She probably could have talked me through it and it not spiraled the rest of my night. But I kept it to myself, and much like PPD did a year ago, it ate at me. Slowly. In every word said, every action of my child. It’s unnerving. ...more

I am so proud to call you a friend.

You are a warrior & a survivor.

Beth Anne blogs ... more

How Someone Becomes a Mean Girl

But they never ignored an opportunity. They always found a stray thread on my self-confidence to pull, ripping the seams and shredding my self-worth. Those girls grew up. Backpacks became Kate Spade bags and slap bracelets became diamond rings. They have a new playground – Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, message boards. ...more

Anytime :) & thank you for your ... more

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