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As a Former Planned Parenthood Escort, I'm Cheering the New Hampshire Buffer Law

On Tuesday, we celebrated a little big victory. Our state committed to the safety of all who make use of, pass by, live near, or even object to reproductive health clinics.  At a time when the United States trends toward more restrictions on the right of reproductive choices, one state just went the other way: New Hampshire....more
survivelivethrive  I did. NH is reviewing the law, but it likely doesn't stand as is. We'll have ...more

4 Ways to Fight Lung Cancer Today With the Purple Toes Campaign

The Purple Toes campaign, created to support my friend Valerie, and featured on BlogHer this past December, continues to raise awareness and funding to fight lung cancer. We’ve exceeded our initial goal to raise $10,000 for the Lung Cancer Foundation with over $12,000 to date. We’ve also received a lot of “purple toes” pictures. Each and every one makes Valerie smile. ...more
Hello, I had the pleasure of meeting Valerie today in Arden Fare mall. I am so happy that I ...more

A Plus-Size Girl Walks into a Barre Studio

A few months ago, I started a new job with a political consulting company.  One of the things I really like about it is being surrounded by people who are healthy and active, but not judgmental.  Several of them are really into Barre classes. Barre is a challenging, non-impact workout that focuses on ballet-like movements to help sculpt and tone your body. ...more
Not in the barre classes.more

My Kid Was Bitten by a Tick, Now What?!

My family spends a great deal of time outside. We run through the woods, we play in the gardens; we dig holes and look for worms. Not much has changed in the analog version of childhood fun since I was a kid. Except for ticks. ...more
There are so many cases here that many labs are back logged. It is easier to treat with meds and ...more

Blood Brother: The Gene That Rocked My Family

In the fall of 2010, as my brother was dying of colon cancer, I learned a terrifying secret. He also had Huntington's disease, a horrific brain disorder that is passed down in families. ...more
wdolderer Thank you for your kindness and for sharing your story about your friend. I'm so glad ...more

Life After Weight Loss Surgery: Shopping Ain't Easy!

I recently went shopping with my boyfriend, looking for a few new items for the summer. The weather is finally getting better and I wanted to make sure I dress appropriately.  I looked at some skirts in The Gap, a store I’d never set foot into 5 years ago, and decided on a skirt and cargo pants. I held up the pants against my legs thinking, “My hips are wide, so I need to get the XXL”. I didn’t try them on because I hate fitting rooms, even though it’s absolutely essential that I try on new clothing because of vanity sizing....more
Great post!  I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum, having gained a lot of weight, but still ...more

As a Woman, I Want to Stay Hidden While Running

It's not cars that I worry about when I run before dawn....more
I call bullshit, too.  It's insane and a reality (rawr!) that we have to worry more about ...more

Coconut Oil for Sunburns: Just in Time for Summer!

I am a big proponent for coconut oil. I slather the stuff on my skin; use it in my baking and as an agent for soothing sunburn. Coconut oil works wonders as a moisturizer, so when I came home from the beach the other day with a nasty sunburn on the backs of my legs (we’ve all been there, you know, that upper part near your butt that you always miss when you put on sunscreen), I decided to try a little coconut love. ...more
sonjafoust You could be right but I'm not sure that a sunburn is quite the same type of burn as ...more

I Am Letting My Husband and Children Teach Me How To Relax

I think my goal in life is to not fall apart …It is a weird goal, I think.  Some people want to be astronauts.  Some people want to be ballerina dancers....more
As mothers, whilst our priority is caring for the needs of our children, it is good to be ...more

Shame Makes a Hard Thing Even Worse

2009 was an extremely challenging year for both Michelle and me. Among the many issues we faced that year, one of the most painful was the difficult financial situation we’d put ourselves into: We were $105,000 in debt and about $300,000 upside down on our house by the end of that year. There were a number of factors that contributed to this, some of which had to do with the economic downturn and the collapse of the housing market, but more had to do with our lack of awareness, understanding, and responsibility with our money. ...more