Random Acts of Rudeness: 10 Ways You Might Not Realize You're Being Rude

People are rude. Maybe it's because I was born and raised in the South where people are super friendly and hyper polite, but I'm sensitive to impolite behavior.  (Or maybe I just don't like people so I'm always looking for a reason to be offended... which is probably truer than I want to admit to myself... although I will readily admit that I don't like people... mostly because they are rude.  It's kind of a vicious cycle.)...more
Oh, my goodness, yes.  The turn signal especially drives me crazy.more

Remembering The Family Bed

I'm a featherweight when it comes to sleeping.  The tiniest of noises will wake me from the deepest slumber.  Noisy neighbors, passing cars, ants breathing...all interrupt my sleep cycle.  I sleep with a fan blowing even in the coldest months just in hopes that the white noise will help muffle the sighs of this hundred year-old house...it works occasionally....more

Same-Sex Marriage: Why Everybody's Right ... and Wrong

Lines have been drawn, the symbolic moral high road taken, and the demands for social acceptance...um... demanded in the latest showdown between Christians and homosexuals in the War on Marriage/ Battle for Marriage Equality. (It all depends on which side of the fence you're on. But everyone seems to agree that they are engaged in combat of some sort.)...more
janespringfield Good point.  And "Dresses for Jesus" is kind of catchy.  And I would definitely ...more

What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

"But you're so skinny..." It was just a casual comment, uttered without much thought, certainly not meant as criticism.  She probably doesn't even remember that she said it.  She certainly bubbled on to the next thought ever-so-quickly, the conversation heading in some random direction.  She was just surprised that I might want to pass on having a bite of cake. She likely doesn't realize that I've obsessed about it for days, turning it over and over and over in my head.  She doesn't realize that one off-hand comment would cause me to twist and turn in front of my bedroom mirror seeing things that I wish I didn't. ...more
newworldmoms an older and more plump version of my younger self #momof5more

On Brother Love

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." ~George Santayana Family is a beautiful thing, especially when it functions like a well-oiled machine of love and compassion and neatly folded laundry, which is seldom.  Most days our family is loud and chaotic and more than slightly rude, full of snark and dirty socks and junk food...but even on those days, it's still beautiful. ...more

My Kid, The Button-Pusher

I have a kid who pushes my buttons…I mean really, seriously, and almost continuously pushes my buttons.  If there is a button to be pushed, he will find a way to push it.  In fact, sometimes I wonder how his fingers aren’t sore (From all the button pushing…kinda like George Jetson).  It’s like he can just walk into a room and suddenly he has somehow annoyed the snot out of me....more

Why We Need More Female MMA Fighters

I'm a huge fan of Ronda Rousey.  Ronda is a badass.  She is solid and tough and confident and aggressive.  She isn't just another pretty face that the UFC threw a bikini on and sent in the cage to look sexy....more

I Don't Need a Man to Walk Me to My Car. But I Want One.

One of the reasons I chose to live in this small town was its low crime rate. I know most of my neighbors (even if some of them aren't my favorite people in the world), and I've never felt unsafe. I often walk my dogs late at night right through the middle of downtown without a second thought in regards to my safety....more
We don't all leave at the same time.more

Why My Children Can Say the F-Word: Words Don't Have Power

I live in a sweet little Bible Belt southern town. In some ways this is great (friendly neighbors, low crime rate)... and in others... well, maybe not so much. (I have a list, but today is not the day). Sometimes small-town living has crashed headlong into some of my more "unconventional" parenting approaches. One of these subject areas is my children's language. ...more
Totally agree! And I love that you point out that they're just words to express a strong ...more

What I Get From Home Schooling

When you are homeschooling your children, you just aren't going to make it through the school year without having to field some questions.  I've gotten them from grocery store clerks, strangers in line at the post office, librarians, friends, family members....the list is extensive.  I believe that usually the questions are asked out of genuine curiosity.  People really want to understand how it's done, especially the legal aspects....more
Your post is so well written and I could't agree more. My kids have taught me so much! Thank you ...more