Who Doesn’t Love The Fair?

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I don’t.  There.  I said it.  I don’t like the state fair.When the family packed up to make our annual trek, I tried hiding under the couch but someone spotted me.  I tried to beg off for financial reasons.  Think of ALL the money we’d save if I didn’t go.  Sadly, it was Teacher Day, and I qualified for free admission.  It cost exactly the same … [Read more...]

Freezing Eggs, A Perk For Female Employees?

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When I read the headline that Apple and Facebook are now offering to freeze female employees’ eggs as a perk of employment, I thought I had entered the Twilight Zone!Is that taking progress a bit too far?  Is this move a way for companies to push women to push their choice to have children later and later in life?Convenient for the company.  … [Read more...]

Visitors @ My Window

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I have cats. So, when I heard a “thud” at the window, I assumed it was one of my furry kids batting at a bug or fly that had somehow gotten into the house.When both cats appeared from opposite sides of the room, running toward the window, I was a bit puzzled. I knew something had collided with the glass doors, but it didn’t sound like the typical … [Read more...]

Movie: Jon Favreau’s CHEF

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Though I’m late to the party, I’m thrilled to have discovered Jon Favreau’s fabulous film CHEF.   A sleeper hit when it was released in May on a modest budget and with no marketing to speak of, CHEF gained traction solely by word of mouth and social media and is now having a successful second life on DVD.There is so much that CHEF gets right … [Read more...]

The Art of The Virtual “Smudgy Hug”

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Humans are social beings.  We crave human-to-human contact.  Even as machines and technology take over more and more aspects of our lives, we try our best to humanize them.Think of our phones.  We give them names, voices and mannerisms.  We dress them.  We play with them.  We share our lives with them.  Why?  Because, even though they are … [Read more...]

Sexy Women In Award Shows: Objects? Feminists? Funny?

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Both the Emmys and VMA awards this week garnered very strong reactions, both positive and negative for the way women were portrayed.First, Beyoncé’s 16-minute tour de force medley of her new CD at the VMAs was hailed as a feminist masterpiece…though I can’t quite agree.  I was pleased she had a neon sign with the word “Feminist” behind her and I … [Read more...]

How to Raise Gun-Free Boys

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When my husband and I first started talking about having children almost two decades ago, one of our concerns was the pervasive violence in our culture. Seeing boys barely old enough to write their names pretending to blow one another up was troubling, and we decided our kids were going to be different. We didn’t buy in to gender stereotypes. Kids … [Read more...]

Needing To Belong … xkcd: Spirit

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The need to belong is one of the most basic human motivations.We want to feel connected, accepted and valued.And when we don't belong, we lose spirit.Webcomic by xkcd: SpiritNo wonder not belonging is one of our biggest fears.###Related articles across the web 'xkcd' creator Randall Munroe gets asteroid named after him … [Read more...]

Mom, Nobody Does It Better

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Many women have an a-ha moment when they realize they have become their mothers.  I reacted to my moment with cranky resignation – and a little joy.Mom is my hero, no matter how many contentious moments our relationship has weathered.  Her fierce work ethic and tireless dedication to family set a sturdy example, outweighing her sometimes … [Read more...]

Happy, With A Side of Happy

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Nothing changes the mood of a moment like receiving an unexpected smile.Nothing changes the mood of an hour like listening to your favorite songs.Nothing changes the mood of the day like -- a mega dose of HAPPY?And not that I believe in the unfettered distribution of earworms and eye candy,But I double dare you not to at least crack a … [Read more...]

Thanks, Mr. Bill!

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*Welcome new contributing author -- Heather D of BECOMING CLICHE*Sometimes you only think you’re taking one for the team.It’s Spring Break. I know. Technically, it’s not even Spring. I don’t get to make these decisions.  When given an entire week of nothing, I’ve learned it’s good to plan at least a little something lest the … [Read more...]