Dear Body: Um, Could I Get Back To You?

I've been struggling with a secret, which is this: I'm really, really not in love with my body right now. I have, been keeping it secret for two reasons: 1) it's totally new to me - I've never really struggled with my body image, even after my last pregnancy, which added padding where no padding had hitherto existed, and so it just feels foreign and weird and (obviously) bad, and 2) it also feels so, I don't know, anti-feminist or anti-woman or anti-me (which, really, collapses into a kind of counter-womanism, to be anti-yourself as a woman) and I just so don't want to be that. ...more

I appreciated your post, and can definitely relate to the way you feel, especially about how ...more

One Hundred Miles To Better Health

I gave birth six weeks ago. Since then, I've lost a lot of the baby weight. Partly because the baby that I was carrying was so huge that his expulsion from the womb represented a massive weight loss, and partly because I've hardly been able to eat anything since he was born, what with his unremitting need to be held ALL THE TIME HOLY HELL. Hardly anything but cookies, that is, and maybe the odd bagel or two. Which, you know, is not the best post-partum diet. ...more

There is sure a lot of adjustment when a baby comes along.  So my tip, as cliche as it ...more

Baby On Booby, To Go

When I first started breastfeeding my first child, I was totally anxious about nursing in public. Was anyone looking? Was anyone freaked out by my boob? I sought out nursing rooms wherever I could, until it became clear that if I was to move about in the world with my child and not spend all of my time in stuffy nursing rooms or - horror - washroom stalls, I would have to chill out and just bare the booby. And so I did. And it was, mostly, fine. ...more

I wonder if they have these discussions so much in other parts of the world (forgive me for ...more

Is Sen Obama playing the race card or not?

video and content from June 20, 2008Obama: 'They're going to try to make you afraid of me'Posted: 08:04 PM ET ...more

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To me, it almost seems Sen. Obama is trying to inform his ...more


Today's the big day when the Democrats will find out whether they can effectively get out of the pasture of cow patties they created for themselves without either stepping in too many or causing a stampede among the supporters of eitherSens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. ...more

Random Thoughts on Voting

As we wind down in the primary season, the hub-bub about voter registration will be gone because everyone is all registered to vote, right? Wrong. More registration efforts are about to begin anew to get people ready to vote in the general election in November. ...more

BlogHers Act and BlogHer's matching funds: The best I ever felt about spending so much

I just spent $2,200 in the blink of an eye...easiest money I ever spent. Check out our BlogHers Act/Global Giving fundraising widget: ...more

I admit I did a doubletake, but loved seeing that number jump up yesterday. Thank you, ...more

For The Love Of Children: Help Us With The China Earthquake Effort

Every time I open the newspaper or click open a news feed these days, my heart breaks. Breaks. War, crime, natural disaster: there's always something. And in recent days in particular, with the death toll in Burma climbing while authorities there continue to stymie aid efforts, and now the earthquake in China... I can barely stand to open the newspaper or follow the news links because I know that I'm going to have to hold my breath and press my fists to my eyes to keep from crying. ...more

Mom-Bloggers Saved My Life! (A Mother's Day Ode)

As I keep reminding anybody who will listen to me, I will - gods willing - give birth in the very near future. It will be my second time 'round the childbirthing block, but I gotta say: this part (the preparing to give birth part, and, I assume, the birthing part itself) is none the easier for having been there before. ...more

Beautifully stated. Happy mother's day to all the mamas and almost-mamas! We truly do make the ...more

Mother's Day + Economic Stimulus + Comment Love = 3 Occasions to Donate to Save Women's Lives

After reading Denise's BlogHer post last week that the gift of maternal health is the perfect Mother's Day gift, I thought "this really is perfect!" I blogged it and suggested that not only is it a great cause, but it is also a great consumerism/stuff-free gift, something that I feel, in our consumerism-driven society, is so important, but so ofte ...more

I thought I might get away with the blog post I made about giving my mom the gift of maternal ...more