What Is It Like to Float in a Sensory Deprivation Tank?

My life is noisy. I work on the internet -- sometimes I think I live here, actually -- and in social media at that, so there is information coming at me constantly. I'm a freelancer, plus I have the usual assortment of life and time demands both good and bad that any adult has, all playing out amid the traffic and general rush of living in a large metropolitan area. After a health scare a few years ago, I got pretty serious about seeking some sanity amid the chaos. I will do just about anything these days to calm down. ...more
I tried it and it took a few minutes to get used to but I came out of it so relaxed and amazed ...more

Valentine's Day and the Single Woman: Gifting Yourself and Others

Travel back with me, if you will, to the worst Valentine's Day of my life. (No, really, please, come with me. I hate to go there alone.) The first thing I saw when I walked in the door was a large print hanging over our apartment fireplace: an image of two children dressed in Victorian grownup clothes, colorized blush on their cheeks. The little boy knelt down in front of the girl, handing her a rose. My boyfriend stood there smiling, proud of himself, waiting for my reaction to his mall-bought Mona Lisa. ...more
I just wrote a post about being single on Valentine's Day! The day you have planned sounds ...more

Jennifer Aniston Gets Married and Everything is Okay

Jennifer Aniston's reported marriage this week to Justin Theroux seems to have sparked a collective insane sigh of relief from the zeitgeist that Jennifer Aniston is, indeed, marriageable. We can relax, after a decade of worry and confusion, because this intelligent, accomplished, independently wealthy actor with a thing for Mexican vacations, edgy and loyal sister girlfriends, Pilates, and increasingly challenging film roles—who has also, by the way, carried on like an entirely normal divorced person and person, for that matter, since her divorce—finally has a husband.  ...more
I've always loved how strong and confident she always appears. She seems to be really ...more

GOP Pushes Anti-Abortion Vote on Roe vs. Wade's 42nd Anniversary

[UPDATE 1/22/15 10:50 a.m. PST: The House approved a bill permanently barring federal funds from abortion coverage and blocks tax credits for health insurance covering abortions. --Grace] ...more
Last year I purchased the Annie Leibovitz/Susan Santog book "Women" and I was really surprised ...more

What Does The Whiteness Project Really Show About Race in America?

Watching the videos from the first installment of The Whiteness Project—24 clips filmed this July in Buffalo as part of documentary filmmaker Whitney Dow's project—was uncomfortable, and sadly revealed nothing surprising. How do you reject white privilege? How do you deny responsibility for humane speech and action towards others? How do you co-opt other people's struggles? It's pretty easy, apparently.  ...more
Rita Arens Thank you, Rita. Some of these comments make me want to scream. The denial of ...more

Nominate an Outstanding Teacher for the Global Teaching Prize

Chances are you know a teacher worth a million bucks—real and metaphorical. You may even be that kind of educator. With a nomination by October 5, that money—the grand prize in the Global Teacher Prize competition—could be in her (or your—go you!) hands. ...more

How to Use Instagram for Visual Blogging

The last thing I thought I needed when Instagram came around was another social platform. The answer to "If all of your friends download an app, does that mean you have to?" is, more often than I'd care to admit, "Yes." In this case it was a win, though, because it wasn't long before I realized that Instagram was exactly what I needed, as much as anyone can need a visually driven mobile social app.This is a nicer, more roundabout way of saying that I am addicted to Instagram....more
I wish mine was perfect like yours  <3  Sigh.....more

Anthony Weiner and Women: Who Is the Story Here?

Thursday's headlines that Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, thought herself to blame for the congressman's repeated forays into the lands of sexting women who were absolutely not her, kept the focus of his story exactly where it seems to have landed: on everyone involved but him. ...more
This is excellent. It's like you've been inside my head but saying it better.more

No Insurance, No Paid Sick Leave: A New Life at What Cost?

"You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" may come in most handily in romance, but it works for health insurance, too. This post is part of BlogHer's Women @ Work editorial series made possible by AFL-CIO. ...more
I find myself in a similar situation only I didn't quit my job.  One day like any normal nurse ...more

Glee's Cory Monteith Dead at 31: How I'll Remember

I cried when Cory Monteith died, I admit it. It's not really an admission at all, because that would imply that there is something wrong with it, and I don't think that's true. (Image: © The Toronto Star/ZUMApress.com) I've watched Glee since the beginning. I watched it when it could do no wrong, and I didn't quit it when the criticism started, even though I got frustrated with the storylines at times. And unlike some internet critics, I always loved Cory Monteith's Finn. He was flawed and a little bit dorky. He never seemed to know what to do next, but he bumbled his way into some rocking musical numbers, and into finally figuring out that he needed to step up and help Rachel do the hardest part of any relationship in transition -- the leaving part. ...more
Sad for this young man and those who loved him. Your post reminded me of when I was young and ...more