Dawn Sticklen

The Last Parent-Teacher Conference

As I walked past the mirror and inspected the outfit I chose to wear that would transition from office to parent/teacher conferences this evening, I experienced a revelation: this evening marks the last parent/teacher conference for my youngest daughter. Ever.  ...more

Golf Digest Sinks Into Sexist Sandtrap with Paulina Gretzky Cover

*The following post originally appeared on my personal blog, "Beyond Lipstick and Petticoats: A Site Celebrating Women"* ...more
I think it is great to have a woman on the cover, but she should not have to pose any ...more

Bike Ride for Brain Cancer

My friend is battling brain cancer.Less than a year ago she experienced severe headaches and, after a doctor’s visit and some scans, she learned she had a brain tumor.  Post-surgery tests revealed the final blow: the tumor was malignant.  She was 34, and until then had never experienced any symptoms or signs of anything abnormal in her health....more

Music Mondays: Kickin' It Old School

I’m gonna be honest here: This blogging gig is a pretty neat thing.  It provides me with a platform to share things I find important, interesting, or just plain fun.  It also has led me to meet other interesting and talented writers. ...more

The Good Stuff: May 5 thru May 11, 2013

I'm a little late posting this because, well, yesterday was Mother's Day.  So, I hope all of you moms had a lovely day and all of you kids made sure you reminded your mom how much she means to you ....more

Stuff My Mom Taught Me

My mom is a no-nonsense kind of person who speaks the truth, always providing an honest answer when you ask for her advice and opinion.  I know that i ...more

Foodie Fridays: Quinoa With Creamy Vodka Sauce

I love cooking.  I know, I know, sometimes it’s more a chore than an opportunity for artistic expression, but from time to time I do get to experiment in the kitchen and create something healthy, gourmet, and delicious.  Last week I experienced such a moment. ...more

Cooper Vocelka

Today we say goodbye to a truly inspiring young man, Cooper Vocelka.  Our local paper, The Joplin Globe, printed two beautiful tributes to Cooper, here and here.  Cooper taught us the importance of utilizing our time here on earth to step outside our own egos and use our talents, no matter how big or small, to help others ....more