A Four Minute Lifetime

Heh. This should be interesting.I've been intrigued by this article published recently about how there appear to be a set of questions, that when asked to someone else, can make someone fall in love with you.I decided to go through the questions on my Facebook page, and you can see some of the answers if you head on over there. One of them requires a person to tell the other (presumably stranger, or at least someone you aren't currently romantically involved with) person as much as you can about your life story in four minutes.Since the online platform isn't conducive to speaking directly to people (and lord knows I'm not making a video right now), I figured this was the best way to do it ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the RSVP edition

There's kind of a lot this week, you guys. I posted the weekly TTPMOT rant on my Facebook page this week, as I've done for....at this point....years now, and had to add a disclaimer about how it's okay for people to vent and to let them without criticizing them, that venting is healthy as long as it isn't all you do. Really?Yes, really ....more

30 Days of Quotes about Life - Martin Luther King, Jr.

If ever you needed evidence of my inability to finish things, just look at one of my post series for evidence. The quote series is one of my personal favorites, though it seems to be hit or miss when it comes to my readers. Some of you love this stuff ....more

just about perfect

I had a small epiphany today, as I was lying in bed nursing him, my last child. His bright blue eyes staring up at me, his latch interrupting every so often to coo at me and smile as the milk drips from the corner of his mouth. Our love, our relationship is just about perfect right now.It is.I'm tired and worn out at times, touched out and exhausted ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the past is watching edition....

I has the sads today.Sometimes it just happens.I learned a while back that I have to let myself have these moments so they don't fester in the deep dark recesses of my brain.I hate the middle of January, and I hate it right on through mid February. There are so many days on the calendar between now and then that hold memories of losses, of people gone, of the one I never met.It's probably a good thing that this sequence of days falls this time of year, because I can just hibernate in my cave until it passes.Anyway, it's Tuesday. Let's get angry ....more

Attachment Parenting as Children Grow Up

Attachment Parenting is one of the concepts in the world of parenthood that elicits the biggest emotional response. Just the mere mention of the phrase tends to be a conversation starter, and it seems inevitable that someone will eventually get upset about something, take something personally, get offended and get angry.Ironic, considering that the whole point of attachment parenting is to be gentle.I was asked to write about what attachment parenting looks like as children get older, which I will in a bit here, but I first wanted to say a few things more generally.First, I don't usually refer to myself as an attachment parent even though I absolutely am one. I don't use the phrase for a few reasons ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the catching up edition

It's been three weeks since I wrote a rant here, so brace yourselves. I have some catching up to do. There's a lot to cover ....more

where my mind is.

I haven't written anything in a few weeks. Ordinarily, this would upset me, my lack of focus and organization and diligence. Normally, I'd be beating myself up about not coming here and honing my craft.I promised myself nearly six years ago when I began this writing journey that I would write every day for at least an hour.I kept that promise for a while.I kept it even when I refused to let myself write the only words that wanted out of my head.I kept it even when writing was excruciating.I kept it even when I was attacked for what I wrote.Until I didn't.Until life told me that it was okay to take a break, that sometimes I needed the space, that there was as much therapy in not writing sometimes as there is in doing it.This break, it hasn't bothered me.Perhaps that is because I'm just in a different place now ....more

Ben Franklin and the War on Christmas

I had intended to write about at least a couple quotes this week and just didn't get the chance. I came across this one by Ben Franklin and it said so much in so few words."How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts!"Masterful.I have to wonder what he'd say if he was here observing our society today, not just about Christmas, but about so much.I am fairly certain that he'd scoff at the alleged war on Christmas, that he'd laugh it off as yet another manufactured battle created for television ratings ....more

The Nation Loses its Fearless Leader

The very last episode ever of The Colbert Report will air tonight. Stephen Colbert will be taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show next year. Although he will still be a nightly presence on television, it just won't be the same ....more