Or the beach... It's that time of year again. The weather is warming. The sun is shining longer, stronger and later. We're slowing, stopping and *shedding* clothes. *I'm* slowing, STOPPING and reminding you to shed the electronics by the water as well. First, HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY to USA-types. Id imagine, even more than weekends, today is the day where blog posts go to wither & ... Continue Reading
I wish you comfy.
I never post on Sundays. As I get older, I rarely post Mother's Day musings. I've learned it's a day fraught with emotion (not all of it happy) for many people. Today I'm doing both. I had an interaction with the Tornado on Friday which simultaneously took my breath away and sparked me to realize it's *exactly* what I wish for everyone. Allow me to commence navel gazing back up ... Continue Reading
When is it ok to lie to your child?
Once upon a time, Mulan married Ken. Since we've moved the Husband's work-hours have been long. Unpredictably long, mixed with travel, yet I don't mind. There's nothing we can do to change the situation, so I've shifted my perspective and discovered a glittery, silver lining. These stretches of solo parenting are a gift of time. Instead of scheduling "discussions" (attitude to adoption) ... Continue Reading
Is BARBIE unapologetically herself?
A Barbie dream house for the child of a wanna-be bodybuilder. First, if you've been living not reading the news (go you!), allow me to catch you up: Barbie, ever controversial lady, has launched a new advertising campaign. The campaign focuses on Barbie being #unapologetic about who she is, how she looks and the kerfuffle she's consistently created. (It partners with Sports Illustrated ... Continue Reading
Should we blog about our kids?
I've blogged though the Tornado's entire life. I blogged before her (2001. We didn't have a name for what we were doing.) and, while I imagine it will be called something else, I'll blog long after she's moved out of the house. My first blogging gig was paid and had nary a reference to anything familial. I was hired by a website (Muscle Journal) to post solely about my workouts. Type. ... Continue Reading
A day ON not a day OFF.
Service is the rent we pay for living. -- Marian Wright Edelman. Wherever you live. Whether you have the day off today or not. Join the Tornado and me in "paying some rent." As Dr. King said: Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others? Lets join together and make today a day when we each have an answer to offer. comments ... Continue Reading
How to build muscle and lose weight–without losing your mind.
Yes, People. It's here. It's waiting for you. It's in the pile of e-books promising a new! fitter! happier! you! (ok not so much...unless you aspire to be a misfit) Far more pressing, however, a post imploring you to purchase, is my wanting to share *why* I ever joined the e-masses. It took me a while to decide. I love e-books. Im a voracious reader. Im a prolific ... Continue Reading
To my tremendous dismay shock the Tornado turns eight this weekend. Seriously. Shock could not be more fitting a word. When I launched this blog she looked something like this: Hovered around here for a while: Started school and plateaued here for a bit: And then seemingly *suddenly* shotUPgrewUP to this: I recall feeling sad when she turned five because it felt ... Continue Reading
National Adoption month.
The essay below is from my 2012 appearance in Austin's Listen To Your Mother Show. The entire experience was unforgettable--but nothing more so than seeing the pride on my child's face as I shared our story. Recently, as we chatted about National Adoption Month, she expressed her excitement for our *dear* friend Sarah & how cool it is one of her new Oakland BFFs is adopted from Guatemala, ... Continue Reading
Three reasons why I advocate the family meal.
I was born in the '60s. An era of family dinners, women mainly working inside the home, and jobs *really* being 9-5. Life is strikingly different now. Many women work outside the home. Kids are crazy over-scheduled with after school & weekend activities. It's rarely a reality to get home from an office by 6 pm (a post for a different day. that whole concept makes me ... Continue Reading
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