On Christopher Dorner, and Straddling The Thin Blue Line

I read every sentence of Christopher Dorner's manifesto. Beginning to end. I read it, and I sat with it, and my stomach turned with anxiety for all of the men and women who had to fear him. I read it, and I said to myself....."Yep. Pretty much sums it up."...more
@HouseTalkNThanks for such kind feedback! more

On Christopher Dorner, and Straddling The Thin Blue Line

I read every sentence of Christopher Dorner's manifesto. Beginning to end. I read it, and I sat with it, and my stomach turned with anxiety for all of the men and women who had to fear him. I read it, and I said to myself....."Yep. Pretty much sums it up."...more
@BerkeleyBerkeley  I actually agree with a lot of what you wrote, and I appreciate your ... more

When Mommy Isn't a Good Listener

I was an epic failure of a mother today. And my kid was a pain in the butt. “Max, I need you to be a good listener in the bookstore. You can play in the playhouse, or at the train table. If you start to run around the store, that tells me you’re ready to leave.” I ended up grabbing him by the arm, somewhere between the monkey books and the robot toys. He was running through the maze of aisles. He wouldn’t walk to the bathroom. He wanted to wash his hands before and after he went potty, but he wanted to cover the faucet with his palm so that the water sprayed everywhere....more
@Laine Griffin Yes, such a tough challenge to slow down and look at our OWN behavior.  But it's ... more

When Mommy Isn't a Good Listener

I was an epic failure of a mother today. And my kid was a pain in the butt. “Max, I need you to be a good listener in the bookstore. You can play in the playhouse, or at the train table. If you start to run around the store, that tells me you’re ready to leave.” I ended up grabbing him by the arm, somewhere between the monkey books and the robot toys. He was running through the maze of aisles. He wouldn’t walk to the bathroom. He wanted to wash his hands before and after he went potty, but he wanted to cover the faucet with his palm so that the water sprayed everywhere....more
@LisaKaplin Thanks for your kind words Lisa!  I agree that the twos were a breeze compared to ... more

When Mommy Isn't a Good Listener

I was an epic failure of a mother today. And my kid was a pain in the butt. “Max, I need you to be a good listener in the bookstore. You can play in the playhouse, or at the train table. If you start to run around the store, that tells me you’re ready to leave.” I ended up grabbing him by the arm, somewhere between the monkey books and the robot toys. He was running through the maze of aisles. He wouldn’t walk to the bathroom. He wanted to wash his hands before and after he went potty, but he wanted to cover the faucet with his palm so that the water sprayed everywhere....more
@yvearlThank you!!  I only have one boy (and I'm having another), but I have heard the rumors ... more

When Mommy Isn't a Good Listener

I was an epic failure of a mother today. And my kid was a pain in the butt. “Max, I need you to be a good listener in the bookstore. You can play in the playhouse, or at the train table. If you start to run around the store, that tells me you’re ready to leave.” I ended up grabbing him by the arm, somewhere between the monkey books and the robot toys. He was running through the maze of aisles. He wouldn’t walk to the bathroom. He wanted to wash his hands before and after he went potty, but he wanted to cover the faucet with his palm so that the water sprayed everywhere....more
@orwhateveryoudo Oh MY!  You win, hands down, for bravest mama around!  How do you manage to ... more

On Christopher Dorner, and Straddling The Thin Blue Line

I read every sentence of Christopher Dorner's manifesto. Beginning to end. I read it, and I sat with it, and my stomach turned with anxiety for all of the men and women who had to fear him. I read it, and I said to myself....."Yep. Pretty much sums it up."...more
@Rita Arens  Thanks Rita.  As a friend of mine pointed out a few days ago, "There's always ... more

On Christopher Dorner, and Straddling The Thin Blue Line

I read every sentence of Christopher Dorner's manifesto. Beginning to end. I read it, and I sat with it, and my stomach turned with anxiety for all of the men and women who had to fear him. I read it, and I said to myself....."Yep. Pretty much sums it up."...more
Thank you for your kind words!  It is a delicate balance to hold both, the fear and the ... more

Facebook Exchange, Targeted Ads, and Opting to Opt Out

I read about the Facebook Exchange (FBX) curious as to what it meant for online privacy. I'm not of the belief that targeted advertising is all good or bad, but I do think we should have the ability to pick and choose how we're tracked online and by whom. From Facebook to Google, we’re opted in to these programs before, or if, we can choose otherwise, which raises the question: is a tailored web a better one? And what can we do about it?...more
While I appreciate the well-researched and thoughtful perspective here, I also want to add some ... more

5 Things Stay-at-Home Moms Do Not Sign On For

About three months ago, I became a stay-at-home mom again. I've been one before. Heck, I've been everything before: a working mom, a single mom, a single working mom, a stay-at-home mom, a work-from-home mom, a mom who took her kids to work with her. I'm pretty sure I've been in almost every angle of the stay-at-home mom vs. working mom debate, and even created a new angle or two from which to view it. Bottom line: I love being a stay-at-home mom. There are some things, though, that I did not sign on for as a stay-at-home mom....more
I love this SO much! Can I print it out and post it on my fridge? The fridge that has zero ... more