Ray Rice Cut from Ravens, Penn State Sneaks in News: Why Do Our Football Teams Feel Invincible?

Today the Baltimore Ravens announced the termination of Ray Rice's contract and the NFL suspended him "indefinitely." Why? Video of the February 15th third degree assault against his now-wife was leaked and shared on TMZ. ...more
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Mixed Feelings About the Freaks in American Horror Story's New Season Trailer

American Horror Story released an extended trailer for the new season, and I am full of mixed emotions. I am a huge fan of the show, and especially the way it gives powerful women (including superstars Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, Sarah Paulson and Emmy winners Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates) thrilling roles. Inventive concepts and writing by showrunner Ryan Murphy bring decidedly campy, queer, stylish trends to television, and I looked forward to weekly doses of his mad brilliance last season. ...more
It's taken me ALL week to get over Episode 1 (sort of) I'm really trying to work up the courage ...more

Getting Married? 10 Worst First-Dance Songs Ever

I love weddings. The flowers, the tulle, the gowns, the anticipation and celebration of everlasting love. It’s all so romantic and beautiful. But the planning of the blessed event can be anything but. ...more
Avery Lane Avery, if you two feel like it's representative of your relationship and you love it, ...more

Adding New Fall TV Shows to the Returning Favorites On My Tivo

I love TV. I don’t understand how people can live without a television, because I love the feeling of getting lost in a show and yelling at the characters. I get invested in the storylines and am super sad over the summer when there is NOTHING new to watch besides a million episodes of House Hunters. New Fall TV Show "Red Band Society" Image: FOX Current Favorites To give you an idea of what I like, here’s what my current Tivo list looks like: ...more
JoulesDellinger Melissa Ford I think it starts on September.  Maybe end of September?  You can ...more

I'm Grateful My Book is a Kindle Daily Deal Today (and I Wish Everyone's Book Could Be)

My latest book, Apart at the Seams, is being offered up for the next 24 hours as the Kindle Daily Deal. (Get it while it's only $1.99!) I am so grateful to Amazon for the opportunity because I know it makes a huge difference in getting the book into readers' hands. I published all four of my books through traditional publishers, so you may not think there is anything I could possibly say about self-publishing. But I've thought about the world of self-publishing a lot, and about how it relates to traditional publishing, for a long time. There are a few reasons why traditional publishing still has an edge over self-publishing, but there is one very simple thing self-publishing could do to turn the tide. ...more
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Joan Rivers Was a Glass Ceiling-Breaking Superstar

Joan Rivers has passed away after suffering complications after vocal chord surgery in New York City. She 81 years old, but her death came as a shock to many of us because she was such a superstar. She was still in the public eye, booking and performing both live and televised shows, tweeting and speaking out for what she believed in. ...more
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The First Movie I Saw Twice: Star Wars in the Summer of '77

In the summer of 1977 the biggest movie of the summer was Star Wars. I had been eagerly tracking the progress of the film's opening through various fan magazines, and was not disappointed when we finally went to see it, on Long Beach Island (at a theater in Beach Haven, which alas, is no more). My family were all big science-fiction fans and loved the movie, from the corny crawl-titles at the start to the space battle at the end. ...more
I think Star Wars was the first movie I saw twice. And Raiders of the Lost Ark was the first ...more

Why Doc McStuffins Is Not Enough

Doc McStuffins, Disney's black doctor character, is a"crossover hit." Sales of Doc McStuffins character products are evenly distributed by race and even gender, prompting a popular refrain about the virtues of colorblindness, as reported by the ...more
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Jennifer Lawrence's Private, Nude Photos Were Not Leaked

Why is everyone saying that the nude photos published this weekend were "leaked?" Does mis-naming horrible things make us feel better about them? Leaking information to the press may happen in politics or business, but that's not what happened here. ...more
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Don’t Read His Post If You Hate Fatphobia, Says Wil Wheaton

I support health at every size. I support doing what you personally have to do to feel good in your skin, and in your body. And if that means weight loss, then it means weight loss—in a healthy way that works for you, not by super-restrictive diets and starvation. So, Wil Wheaton, who recently mentioned that he was working on getting healthier and wanted to share that with his fans, has my full support. I totally think it's great he wants to be healthier. ...more
Disclaimer: I am roughly 55 lbs. overwieght - morbidly obese by standard medical doctrine but my ...more