My Son Isn't Going To College

My son isn't going to college. I know I should be hanging my head in shame. Society-at-large thinks I'm a failure... and I've raised a failure of a kid.  He'll probably be sleeping on my couch until he's well into his thirties.  Or maybe he'll just leech off the state for a while.  Or flip burgers for eternity, just suffering through a miserable and unfulfilling life until the end of his days.  I mean, everyone knows the only road to success and happiness runs straight through a four-year university. Or does it? ...more

My Life Ended When I Became A Mother

Last week was quiet. Like freaky quiet. The house was calm. There were no slamming doors or elephant-like stampedes down the stairs or shouts of "Get out of my room NOW!" No one complained about someone else breathing their air or farting in their general proximity or licking their toothbrush just to be a smart ass. ...more
I'm kind of in shock by reading the responses. I guess? I can see where they're coming from but ...more

In Defense of Fat Doctors

One of the cool things about people actually reading my blog is all of the topic suggestions that get thrown my way.  Some of them I shrug off because they seem corny, or obvious, or too controversial (even for me), but this weekend my dear friend (who should probably remain anonymous) plopped a fabulous one right in my lap. "You need to blog about my visit to the doctor!"So here I am...blogging about someone else's doctor visit....more

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
Cassandra@TND Yes.  It seems like such a simple thing, and yet so few people seem to know how to ...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