5 Ways to Tell If You're Oversharing Online

That blog post where the writer blasts her soon-to-be-ex-in-laws as being insensitive and possessing the personalities of doorstops? Absolutely riveting. The entry where a blogger laments her spouse's lack of attention, or rather, the lavish attention he pays to everything BUT her? Emotionally raw and unable to ignore.But when you're the one who's doing the writing, and your loved one (or ones) is the target of the gripes or overexposure in, say, a photo -- is the potential relationship damage worth the spike in Internet traffic generated by your candidness or quirky snapshot?...more
I completely agree, so many people have their whole lives and that of their family on the ...more

No, I Don't Want to Talk About MacFarlane

I'd rather discuss: 1) Ben Affleck's beautifully awkward speech after Argo was named best picture. 2) Jennifer Lawrence's down-to-earthness after snagging the Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook. 3) And this awesome 9-year-old. Images via Mashable and Jezebel.  ...more

What I'm Reading Now ... A Primer on Raising Adolescents

I realized the other day that when my kids were very young, heck, even when they were still in the womb, I was voraciously reading up on the best parenting practices. Compulsively so. Then all three of the Picket Fence Post children hit puberty and it dawned on me that it's been quite a long time since I've read anything about childrearing. Two are of my kids are teens, the other's not too far ...more

Downton Abbey + One Direction = Pop Culture Nirvana

Here's some salve to apply to the wounds left behind from the odiously cruel Downton Abbey season finale on Sunday. (I mean, seriously now ...) A mash-up involving the stiff upper lips of the Brits at Downton Abbey (plus Tom Branson) and the One Direction tune, "You Don't Know You're Beautiful." Fabulous. Still unhappy? Go visit this site where the creator of the post felt the same way I ...more

Mark It Down: 'Mad Men's' Season 6 Starts April 7

Breaking news for my Mad Men peeps: On April 7 it shall begin. It'll be a two-hour extravaganza on AMC. Season 6 of Mad Men in all its dark and twisty glamour. Don Draper, Roger Sterling, Peggy Olson, Megan Draper, Betty Francis, Joan Harris (or did she drop Harris for Holloway?), Pete Campbell et al. return and delve even more deeply into the 1960s. (Take a long look at ...more

'The Feminine Mystique' at 50: Have You Read It?

The New York Times' Gail Collins has a great piece out today which puts Betty Friedan's landmark 1963 book The Feminine Mystique into not only the context of the era, but in ours as well. "When The Feminine Mystique emerged in 1963, it created a reaction so intense that Friedan could later write another book about the things women said to her about the first one (It Changed My Life)," Collins ...more

'Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing' Now Has a Cover

My publisher, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, has just listed my forthcoming novel, Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing -- yep, you read that right, MY forthcoming novel -- on its web site with its provocative cover. Promo copy for the book: Maggie Kelly started her personal blog for one reason: to prevent her head from exploding with frustration. She is, frankly, tired of at-home motherhood and ...more

Of 'Downton' and 'The Hour' Brits, Brody, Caitlin Moran & Abe Lincoln

Cheerio and good day! I trust you all had a Happy Christmas and a bloody good time of it on New Year's aw, forget it there's no way I can maintain a cartoonishly dodgy British accent for the length of this sentence, never mind this entire post. Why the feeble attempt? I've come down with a terrible case of Brit fever over the past few weeks. From a comedic literary romp through ...more

A New Year, Lots to Celebrate in 2013

It's 2013 and I can proudly say that I've made no resolutions, although I have made a few, um, suggestions for myself for the new year. As I skimmed through my brand, spankin' new 2013 calendar -- trying to ignore that nagging, superstitious feeling that anything with the number 13 is inherently unlucky -- and was taken aback when I realized several things: I completely forgot to book my kids ...more

Talkin' Book-in-Progress & Families 'Over-Sharing' Online

*Cross-posted from Notes from the Asylum* One of my favorite Boston Globe columnists, Joanna Weiss, invited me to participate in a very cool thing called a "blog hop," where one author "tags" another and the person who's "It" fields questions about her next writing project. Weiss -- who wrote the sharp and amusing satirical novel Milkshake, about the lunacy of the political and feminist ...more