What Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day Means When You're Among the Long-Term Unemployed

Exactly nine years ago this week, I was in Toronto's Pearson International Airport sitting next to the co-creator of Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day....more

Monday Morning Quarterbacks of the 80s, Strike a Pose

Judging from my Facebook Newsfeed, you're either in one camp or the other this post-Super Bowl Monday morning....more

"Mommy, Why Does Baby G. Have to Go to Jail?"

"Mommy, why does Baby G. have to go to jail?" That was the question my 9 year old daughter Betty asked when she saw me crying. The news had just come that my friends unbelievably and incomprehensibly lost their adoption case. I struggled to explain the unexplainable to Betty....more
Sadly when I counseled pregnant teens, I know a lot of girls who had an abortion for just this ...more

Make It Count

In the hours between dark and dawn, the dreams came, tumbling over one another as they tend to do. I was sitting outside with coworkers, watching shooting stars after attending a memorial service for a child abuse victim. 'I should be watching these with my kids,' I said, getting up to leave....more

For Elaine

I've given my husband a post-mortem honey-do list, should I meet a sudden end.  Number one on the list?  Deleting, in post and in haste, my Facebook page.  If I needed an additional reason why I want him to do this, now I have one: the media coverage of the murder of Elaine Goldberg. I didn't know Elaine, but her cousin has been one of my closest friends ever since I walked onto Bus 2 as a fifth grader, not knowing a soul in my new suburban Philadelphia school.  We've been friends a decade longer than Elaine was alive....more

Opening Up

I've never cheated on The Husband (nor do I intend to), but if today is any indication, I don't think I could handle the guilt.  I'm absolutely wracked with it. I am in full procrastination mode.  Delaying the inevitable which has been scheduled, cancelled, rescheduled and nearly cancelled again.  I don't want to do this, but I have little choice.  Circumstances and convenience have driven me to this....more

Forever 21

This morning finds me unsettled, jumpy, worried about things that I know are up to the fates and ultimately out of my control and that I only have the power to be proactive about.  I try very hard not to succumb to the worry, the what-if's in this life, because there is already so much of that surrounding me. With this state comes a reminder this morning, via Facebook, that today is Kristin's birthday.Kristin, who will forever remain 21....more

My Velveteen Friends, The Ones Who Keep Me Real and Grounded

Our words - how we write them, share them, make an impact with them, change lives with them.  That's what BlogHer10 was about....more

Those Who Share the Journey

And there we sat, passengers on an Amtrak train going nowhere in the city of nonstop hustle and bustle. A Saturday evening in New York City. In August. The signs foreshadowed the evening's events: Train 165 to Washington, delayed 0:10. Then we were advised to STAND BY. Finally we boarded, only to be told the train was experiencing "mechanical difficulties" and that we'd be on our way as soon as possible. We were apologized to, and thanked for our patience and for choosing Amtrak. I looked around at my fellow passengers, a sparse lot....more

Boo Goes to Washington, Via the State Fair

We were seated under a tent on Saturday afternoon, enjoying pizza and funnel cake at the State Fair, when The Husband pointed out our Congressman just a few feet away....more