Are You Beautiful?

Do you ever wonder if any women are happy with the way they look? Is it even possible? The cosmetics industry and traditional fashion media would have us think that the answer is no; after all, they make their money playing on our fears about our appearance -- and offering us salvation in the form of eye cream and skinny jeans....more

loved this article! =)


i actually really am happy about how i look. some ... more

Dear Four-Year-Old Princess: Love Is So Complicated

My four-year-old daughter is home from school today, so naturally she's spending her afternoon twirling in front of me in princess dress after princess dress. Mommy, don't I look sooooo beautiful. I know a boy will marry me. My heart sinks. My mind races. My eyes dart all over the living room, where she's created Valentine's decorations. A sea of red and pink hearts drown me as I try to come up with an age-appropriate way of explaining to her the reality of love, marriage, life. ...more

I was a princess.

 And ... more

Alone for Valentine's Day? Will You Be My PALentine?

I want to shake up this holiday. I have no Valentine. Boo Flipping Hoo. Poor me. I need to get over it. This year there is no significant other, either here or looming on my horizon. I watch the TV commercials knowing I am not getting candy or flowers or diamonds or a romantic anything on February 14th. And you know what? I am sick of it. I am sick of having some Hallmark Holiday get me down because I don't have the ingredients deemed necessary. Pfuiiiiii! So I have created a new holiday. ...more

I like wishing everyone a happy Valentine's day--and I always get a little something for my ... more

What Color Is Your Labia?

January is "make over your life!" month. Pages and pages of self-improvement schemes are clogging the cloud with their vision for change.  Kate Gosselin's straw head makeover is inexplicably everywhere including on CBS's morning show (here on You Tube)....more

We tried those a while back...and made lightsaber sounds.


H&M Takes Disposable Fashion to a New Low

H&M, the Swedish retail giant who made "fast fashion" part of the shopping vernacular, is coming under fire for intentionally damaging unsold clothing -- and then dumping those pieces in the trash.City University graduate student Cynthia Magnus noticed the bags of destroyed garments on her walk home; she contacted H&M about the practice, but didn't get any response -- so she went to the New York Times instead....more

Wow =( glad I stopped shopping their after their prices (but not quality) went up.


How to Use Photoshop to Enhance Your Best Photographs

Every now and then someone asks me, "Do you use Photoshop?"  Sometimes, though not always, this question is sort of a test:  if I am a Serious Photographer, Someone Who Knows Her Stuff, then the answer expected to come out of my mouth is something in the range of, "Are you kidding me? Of course not.  I'm insulted you would even ask." So you can imagine my questioner's dismay when I immediately respond, "Oh, HELL yes.  With gay abandon."...more

I love love love photoshop!

Also--the curves and levels tools are worth learning about, ... more