The Case for Running Backwards

There was a lady in our old neighborhood who used to walk up and down the sidewalks backwards.  Sometimes she carried what appeared to be two gallon jugs of drinking water, one in each hand.  She was very thin, made all her own clothes, and had a very complex relationship with her health.  She was extremely concerned about air quality, for example, and yet was married to a man who smoked so much that not only his teeth but both of his hands were yellow from nicotine.  I hated seeing her, not because she was so odd, but because I recognized her as a fellow neurotic. ...more

Ask an Author/Book Giveaway

Sandie Lee Bumples Family First http://bumplesfamilyfirst.blogspot.com Come join us March 7th-10th for our FREE book draw and ask an Author.  I have the creators of 'The Adventures of Footenbarn - Hot Seat' taking your questions.  Don't have a question?  No problem.  Leave a comment and you'll still be eligible for the FREE book draw on Wednesday March 10th :)...more

Arguing--Fun for the Whole Family!

When our friends Markus and Almut had their third child, we asked him how it was to go from being a family of four to a family a five.  He's a Classics Scholar—insightful, deliberate, a little quirky with a pleasing neurotic edge.  "Well, it's less…monolithic," he said, making the shape of a column with his hands.  "Four is just so tight.  With five, there's more movement.  It's more dynamic."  Then a bewildered look crossed his face.  "Sometimes," he said slowly, "I try to keep them all in my head at the same time and I can't."...more

LAST DAY of my Write-a-thon

Today is the day.  By midnight tonight (Colorado time), I will have completed my write-a-thon.  Typical me, I’m pushing it right down to the wire with a full ten hours left to write.  Yes, one-third of the total of goal of thirty hours remains.  Those of you who have been reading the blog for a while know how I feel about deadlines.  Scary, exhilarating, thrilling, motivating.  Tonight, for example, I completed...more

The Antidote to Exhaustion

"'Tell me about exhaustion,' I said.  He looked at me with an acute, searching, compassionate ferocity for the briefest of moments, as if trying to sum up the entirety of the situation and without missing a beat, as if he had been waiting all along, to say a life-changing thing to me.  'You know that the antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest?'  'What is it, then?' ...more

By the Sea

I’m with my old friend, the sea…just the waves, a few sailboats, occasional shorebirds, scattered shells, polished stones and shifting sand. ...more

Women's History Month: Writing Our Own Stories Word by Word

Who have you told your story to? Have you written it down? Have you published it? Have you sat across a table from someone and told it to someone? These questions have been swirling around in my head since I found out that the theme of this year's National Women's History Month is "Writing Women Back Into History." ...more

It's nice to look back at where I was five years ago (even if the writing does make me cringe ...more

Celebrating National Women's History Month

March 1 marks the start of National Women's History Month, and AAUW has strong ties to this annual celebration of women history makers. AAUW is an established historic organization that has helped — and continues to help — women make history.With that in mind, AAUW is excited to partner with the National Women's History Project in its 30th anniversary year, which has the theme "Writing Women Back into History." There will be many ways for AAUW members and supporters to get involved this year, and AAUW's Women's History Month celebrations will include the following: A Flickr stream of photos If you have photos of a Women's History Month event to share, please upload them to AAUW's Flickr stream by e-mailing the photos to mess90zap [at] photos.flickr.com*. Please be sure to include a short caption for each photo in the subject line or in the text of your e-mail message and indicate that the photos are for National Women’s History Month. Women's History Month-related photos will be available for viewing directly on the Flickr account. A YouTube video campaign AAUW staff members will be filming short videos about women they are honoring during Women's History Month that will be uploaded to AAUW's YouTube channel. If you would like to share a Women's History Month-related video that you’ve made, just upload it to your own account and send in the link via e-mail. We will collect videos from AAUW branches and members and online supporters and share them through the blog and/or Facebook. ...more

The Arts and Blogher '10

Wow, Blogher conference tickets are nearly sold out (http://www.blogher.com/blogher-10-conference-tickets-selling-out).  I can't believe it and I'm getting really really excited to attend my first one. One thing I've noticed is people are starting to make lists, picking places to meet up, talk about what's going to be at the conference, etc.  But what I haven't seen a lot of, and please lead the way if I've missed something, is all the arts, crafts, photography, knitting, design etc related bloggers heading to NYC in August. ...more
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