Riding the "Short Bus" Isn't Funny, and Neither Is Your Shirt

T-shirt text: I Ride a Short Yellow Bus. This super-offensive, super-demeaning t-shirt is not from one of those sites that specializes in offensiveness. It's being sold online by Hastings, a multimedia entertainment store with 146 locations around the country. A mom of a child with special needs in Montana found it in her store. "We were able to have it pulled from shelves locally," she wrote to me on Facebook, "but since it is a national chain, we feel this might be a concern for all special needs parents and it might be in other stores." ...more
Wow. Where I live riding the short yellow bus is not just for special needs kids. The buses are ...more

15 Things That Make You Feel Old (and Young)

"Here's your change, ma'am." (Or any sentence involving the word "ma'am.") What else can make you feel old, or -- more importantly -- young? ...more
old: using: oil of olay ear/nose hair trimmer bathrobe young: not ...more

12 Reasons Why Motherhood Is Good for Your Looks

Remember how you used to get naked and stand there critiquing your body in the mirror? HA! Who has the time to even think about cellulite? ...more

Pulled the bed head this morning...but to add to the list....not wearing so much makeup cause ...more

Obsess About My Not-Skinny Size? No Weigh, Baby!

I was nine years old the day I started dreading scales. At my Sunday gymnastics class, the instructor weighed all of us. Then she pulled me aside. ...more
I get on the scale every now and then to see where I'm at, especially if I feel a little heavier ...more

Seriously, How Much Sleep Do You Get?

"Are you wearing different makeup? I like it!" a colleague said. "Your skin's got this glow, what are you doing to it?" asked a friend. ...more

I fell you radiation of self worth and glow.
For years i been getting only 4hours sleep (work, ...more

Adventures in Low-Maintenance Health

The doctor visit itself went fine; she was smart, friendly and we talked about lifestyle improvements I could make. Ones I definitely need to put into play, because the blood tests came back with scary news: My “bad” cholesterol (LDL) is out of control. And the “good” kind (HDL) is AWOL, probably snacking on Pringles. ...more

Hi Ellen -
I was in similar situation - doctor told me I needed to lower my cholesterol OR go ...more

What Happens When You Ask People Not to Say "Retard"

Let's say you have a child with disabilities who has cognitive delays, and when people jokingly use the word "retard" to call someone stupid, it bothers you. Let's say that in honor of Spread The Word To End The Word day, you decide to do a little project: For a few days you will message people on Twitter who use the word "retard" and let them know the r-word is derogatory to people with disabilities. You don't actually expect the word to disappear anytime soon or that people will instantly chop it out of their vocabularies. But maybe, just maybe, you can raise a little awareness. ...more

Well I tried to get some people in a chat I frequent to stop using the r-word. They won't, in ...more

Best Ways to Deal With Wrinkles: The Sane Woman’s Guide

Before you spend another cent on some fancy schmancy anti-aging cream, read this and quit worrying once and for all about wrinkles, fine lines and not-so-fine ones. Because worrying causes wrinkles. ...more

You've really hit the nail on the head. I especially like the tip about the magnifying mirrors. ...more

Been There: Comparing Your Special Needs Kid to Other Kids

Comparing your kid to others can be torture; I know this all too well from experience. My son Max, who's 8, had a stroke at birth; we were told he might never walk or talk, that he could have hearing and vision problems, and that mental retardation and cerebral palsy (cp) were also possibilities. "Devastating" doesn't even begin to describe our reactions. When he was an infant, and my husband Dave and I were freaked out by his muscle tightness (a sign of cp), we'd often check out other kids' hands. ...more
Raising a family with multiple children today can be challenging. Add to the mix a child with ...more