We Didn't Start the Fire

We sat behind a family at the Billy Joel concert. Mom, dad, older sister, her husband, younger sister, her bestie, son, girlfriend. The girls, at least, had clearly grown up listening to their parents' Billy Joel albums, because they kept getting each other's attention and doing dance moves choreographed sometime between size 6x and the juniors section ....more

Photos From Around the Web Illustrating Good Techniques

This week at BlogHer University, we asked you to take photos using some of Jenna's apps and Joy's DSLR techniques and tag them #NaBloPoMo. We'll keep building that base as we continue through the month of May....more

How to Get Rid of Your Muffin Top (for Cheap!)

So I have a secret to share: I've been working on my muffin top since December....more
Hi there, nice to meet others who are on a weight loss journey as well. I enjoyed your post ...more

A Lot of Thoughts on a Ton of Stuff

I haven't been here because I've been at BlogHer writing a ton lately about ... so many things. If you're so inclined .. ....more

How Jill Nystul's 'One Good Thing' Blog Became Her 'One Good Life' Memoir

Jill Nystul of One Good Thing By Jillee has a new book out today: ONE GOOD LIFE: My Tips, My Wisdom, My Story...more
Grace Hwang Lynch Thank you Grace! Yes! It was so fun to meet you too! What a great memory! :-)more

How to Sound Like an Authority Figure

We've been talking a lot about #Experts this week: what we mean by the term "expert," how to own your own expertise, and now we're going to discuss sounding like an expert. (Because that is totally part of it. You can be an expert all you want but if you can't communicate what you know, no one else can benefit from all your hard work.)...more
I'm terrible about the qualifiers - "sort of," "kind of," etc... I've been trying to break ...more

Marriage Contracts: Should We Have Marital Term Limits?

Last year marked my thirteen-year wedding anniversary. I love the legal protections of marriage -- no one argues that my husband can't visit me in the hospital or shouldn't be able to pick something up for me or inherit my money. ...more
I have been married for the second time,(First marriage 11 yrs.)  for 35 yrs.. Marriage is a JOB ...more

What More Can We Say About Baltimore and Freddie Gray?

Tonight there is unrest in Baltimore after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a spinal cord injury after an arrest by Baltimore police. Gray is now dead. We've been here before, haven't we?...more
@RitaArens - I hear what you are saying, but I don't think I've mixed up anything. I agree ...more

The Piece of Glass

Somehow my life has become reduced to a rectangle of plastic and glass that I hold in my palm. When I first got it, I both mourned the actual clickable buttons of the obsolete Blackberry and longed to stroke the smooth glass screen of my brand new iPhone 4. Now there are days when I want to use the piece of glass to tell the world something, but I tap and I tap and nothing happens ....more