Our Collective Family Memories: Grandma Doesn't Remember Lasagna

“I talked to grandma yesterday,” my mom said cautiously, referring to her mother as "grandma" for my sake, “and she asked me something really funny.” I slowed my tomato processing to listen. “She asked me if she ever made lasagna before.” This gripped my attention because, of course, lasagna had been something my grandma has always made. And she didn’t remember. Not only did she not remember, but she had to ask. ...more
My grandmother had Alzheimer's.  I was in my teens, quite young, and didn't understand the ...more

Thoughts on SB5 From an Anti-Abortion & Pro-Choice Jesus-Loving Feminist

[Editor's Note: The Texas Legislature will revisit a controversial abortion bill Monday afternoon, with a rally already gathering outside the statehouse. --Grace]...more
Thank you so much for sharing this post. As you said,"We cannot save lives by constricting them."more

Giving Birth to a Unicorn: When Your Child Comes Out as Transgender

I thought I was liberal. I thought I'd evolved from the person I was in my youth: conservative, religious, and specific to this post, a hater of gays and lesbians. It's been a long and frequently shameful road to the person I am now (or the person I thought I was now). The person I am now truly believed that I was a good person, a someone who accepted the LGBT community wholeheartedly. ...more
Thank you for sharing your story, it is encouraging to know there are other people going through ...more

Things I Learned Taking My Teen to Ghana, West Africa

Before I had kids I always imagined that my brood would be a globe-trotting one, with summer breaks spent introducing my kids to the rest of the world and vice versa. Now that I actually have kids, I've realized those daydreams were a bit of a stretch -- my two youngest kids would rather stay home unless we're going to their grandparents' homes or Disneyland, and my husband's vacation time allotment, while generous, is not unlimited. But that doesn't mean I can't still wring out the occasional jaunt, which is how I ended up taking my fourteen-year-old daughter to Ghana. ...more
@Shannon Des Roches Rosa  @globetotting.com Well, who would have thought reading a post about ...more

One Car, Two Parents, Three Kids

Editor's Note: I once didn't speak to my husband (then boyfriend) for two days over the two of us sharing a car. Having to add thirty minutes to each of my commutes to drive him to work and pick him up did not work for me (and I am pretty sure it still wouldn't). Later in life after our daughter was born, we ended up getting two carseats because it was so hard to predict which car would be which place at which time. It turns out there are a few secrets! -Rita...more
I'm at the same point right now though unfortunately I'm a little too attached to my car and ...more

Nie Asks: Do You Have a Favorite Car?

Do you have a favorite car? I've told you before that I have a thing for Mustangs. The older the better! What about you -- what's your dream car? Or do you not have one? Why or why not? Tell me; I want to know! ...more
1965 Chevy Malibu convertible (blue), which I owned back in the '80s, but it was stolen from my ...more

You Know You're Aging When: Catalog Edition

Whenever I go to my parents' house, I love to look through their catalogs. They have the usual Land's End and Harry and David, but they also have a kitschy wonderland of "someone should invent that" products for seniors. (And I know they are for seniors because the catalog copy for a wrap rack says, "Remember when it was just waxed or foil? Now we have so many different wraps, and here's how to store them compactly." Also, their homepage has a drop-down just for dickies.) I am now getting the Miles Kimball catalog at my house because I made the mistake of ordering an outdoor food tent. I've recently discovered -- to my horror -- that the things I laughed about when I was eighteen now seem not so ridiculous, and I know the things I'm laughing at while 39 will probably seem like a darn tootin' good idea in thirty more years. What do you think of these products?...more
Oh my gosh.  I'm older than you by a couple of years.  I know exactly what you're talking ...more

Ambigious Advice for Raising Children... or Dogs

Crate train your little one. I guess a crib might work too. But they're the same thing; they both have bars, and your little one can't get out of either of them. They're like little jails! How neat. And if you can't afford a crib, just buy a crate! ...more

Nie Asks: Do You Have Gray Hair?

If I look close enough at this picture, I feel like I can see gray hairs. Do you have any grays? When did you get your first? How old were you? What are your thoughts about gray hair? Tell me; I want to know! ...more
I was 22 when I found my first grey hair.  I found the next couple at 23, and at 25 I started ...more

River, Lake, Ocean, or Pool: What's Your Favorite?

So the conversation started innocently enough: Four of us from the BlogHer.com team were discussing our upcoming summer vacations, making sure they didn't overlap (especially since part of our summer is dedicated to the buildup toward BlogHer '13!). Julie was talking about her planned weekend camping trips--and how much she can't wait to get on the water, meaning on a river in a canoe. A fellow outdoorswoman, I agree with Julie: Lakes and rivers are my catnip, preferably in the mountains. ...more
@Anita Davis Sullivan HA! I am replying months later, but had to come back and say, well, yeah, ...more