Our Hearts Break for the Victims of Connecticut School Shooting

I just don't know where to start. An armed man walked into a Connecticut elementary school, shooting and killing 26 people -- 18 of them children. NBC News reports that the gunman was a 20-year old man, with two 9mm handguns....more
Grace, I also don't know what to say, I am stunned and speechless. This tragedy is a horror that ...more

The Newtown Tragedy and What I Will Say to Our Three Young Sons

I keep going over what I am going to say to my boys about today's tragedy in Newtown when they get home.I am raising three young men. When something like this happens it is nearly always a man who has done it and I cannot help it, I am human, and I think about the gunman's mother.I think about what pain the person had been inflicted with while they were developing, not that it is an excuse. What lessons the parents missed teaching. I think about losing your son. He was her little baby in a hospital gown getting that first picture taken....more

Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Every weekday morning Matt and I go through the same routine of getting Theo up and fed and dressed, making sure that he’s ready for another day at daycare. Every morning I kiss him goodbye, and, if I’m lucky, I get to hear him tell me that he loves me. He doesn’t really know what that means, of course, but he knows that it’s something that we say to each other, something that makes people smile. He knows that I like to hear it....more
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Weeping with those who weep, once again

My thoughts and prayers go to the victims of today's senseless tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. ...more

Stop Fighting and Listen To Your Mother!

(If I were to forget myself completely and have a screaming fit at Congress, this is what I would say.) This ridiculous and petty behavior between you two has got to stop. I have had it up to here with this incessant bickering and not getting along.  While you have been competing for alpha male, our national well-being is going right down the tubes. Straighten yourselves out and get down to business double quick before your pathetic sham of leadership lands us all in the soup!...more
@ValerieYoung has an urgent message for Congress.  We have to get them to listen.more

Susan Rice Withdraws Bid to be Secretary of State

Susan Rice took her self out of the running to replace Hillary Clinton as the next Secretary of State, saying the partisan politics surrounding her potential nomination is not worth the trade-off. Rice, the current Ambassador to the United Nations, submitted her withdrawal in a letter to President Obama: ...more

First Woman Poised to Lead College Republicans

Could the best cure for the GOP's diversity deficit be a young female leader? The first woman could be elected to lead the College Republican National Committee....more

What Can We Learn About Gay Marriage From Sweden?

[Editor's Note: As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to weigh the legality of same-sex marriage, we might want to look across the ocean at Sweden, where gay marriage was legalized several years ago. BlogHer Surviving Life in Sweden takes a tongue-in-cheek look at how society could be affected if gay and lesbian couples are allowed to marry. --Grace]...more

Michigan a Right-to-Work State? Now It Is.

Who would have ever thought that the union stronghold of Michigan would ever become a right-to-work state? Yet that’s exactly what happened today, when the Michigan legislature passed two anti-union measures, over the protests of tens of thousands of people outside the state capitol. The two bills will affect public and private sector employees. ...more
I live in a state that has been right ti work forever maybe, I have not ever worked for a union ...more

An Open Letter to Time Magazine and Dr. Oz.

As a simple home cook struggling to figure out how best to feed my family, the December 3rd issue of Time immediately drew my attention. Nested among a checkerboard of dynamic frozen food photos lay the promise of an “Anti-Food-Snob Diet” by the famed Dr. Oz. Preceding the article is a striking two full page plea that readers, “Give (frozen) peas a chance” “and carrots too.” Already an advocate for frozen produce, I was ready to learn more about the wonders available in my supermarket. I was prepared to throw my fist in the air and declare the frozen foods isle the final health frontier....more