Category Archives: Advice I’d Like to Give

Why Are We Mad about Thanksgiving?

This year several stores and malls have announced that they’re joining the movement to turn Black Friday in to Black Thursday. They’ll open on Thanksgiving for shopping. Personally, I won’t shop on Thanksgiving. I don’t like crowds. But I’ve been … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Lobster

In the past couple of weeks I’ve seen no fewer than three blog posts about the horrible state of “Kid’s Menus” at restaurants. One was actually published on a news site. All of the articles are from and about a … Continue reading

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My Facebook Fast

I have a lifelong habit of narrating events in my head as they are actually happening to me. Sometimes this has been a great thing. I’ve gotten through a lot of boring and horrible events by simply pretending that it … Continue reading

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Sympathy for the Racist

One of the things that parents, and others in the sensitivity training business, are always trying to teach is seeing things from the other side, the idea that other people’s experiences and background may lead them to different conclusions and … Continue reading

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Mommy Wars! Date Rape! Other Link Bait Terms!

I hate the phrase “Mommy Wars.” As soon as I stopped dating and became a mother (two events that happened within a couple of years of each other) it replaced “Date Rape” as my least favorite inaccurate description of something. … Continue reading

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Eric’s Sign

Two years ago today my husband’s oldest friend Eric died. I’ve written about Eric’s death and its effect on our family before. Last month Eric’s parents hosted a “Musical Ofrenda” at their church in Eric’s honor. Eric was an artist, … Continue reading

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Do Bloggers Need to Grow Up?

Do you remember that speech you used to get from your parents, “I’ll treat you like a grown up when you act like a grown up?” I never actually got that speech because I was the acknowledged grown up in … Continue reading

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Keep Your Shweddy Balls to Yourself

I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks that I’m a prude. Even writing the phrase “hard pressed” makes me giggle at all the dirty jokes that could turn into. I have had jobs where knowing when … Continue reading

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The Magazine Conspiracy

Recently the online parenting magazine Babble ran an article titled “Mom Confessions: I Chose Between My Kid and …” The article featured six mothers and one father discussing a crucial decision they made between going with their kids’ needs and … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Take Good Advice

A friend of mine writes a blog called, Frugalista about extreme coupon clipping and other great money saving ideas. Last week she ran a contest and you could get extra entries by blogging about the money-saving activity she proposed. I … Continue reading

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