Post One: Volunteering in Syrian Refugee Camps, Lesvos, Greece

The coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris claiming the lives of 128+ people and injuring at least 200 at the time of this writing are a tragedy beyond measure. As a volunteer and journalist in the Syrian refugee camps, Moria and Kara Tepe, on the small island of Lesvos in Greece, I questioned whether it was safe or even right to stay, given that many of the refugees are young Syrian men, a small percentage of whom might be aligned with ISIS. While no one can guarantee violence won’t erupt in Lesvos, it hasn’t ....more

Going to Syrian Refugee Camp in Greece. Back Soon.

Should all the stars and British Airways align I’ll be leaving next Monday for the Moria and Kara Tepe Syrian refugee camps on the island of Lesvos in Greece to volunteer and gather stories. I like to live a scheduled, structured, fairly predictable life, but am fortunately friends with a bad ass human rights activist, Jamie Grumet, who likes to push me out of my comfort zone. In 2013 she talked me into taking my family to Africa and now this ....more

What do Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, James Dean and Me Have in Common?

You’ll have to keep reading to find out: I’ve written many a tale of the ignominies I suffered in my out-of-work Wacktress (waiter/actress) years. But I wouldn’t change a thing. Because one man, and learning the craft of acting, set me on the road to reclaiming myself ....more

5 New Asshat Recovery Articles on my Relationship Site. (Inc. Family-of-Origin Dysfunction)

For those of you who are following my Asshat Recovery Program on my relationship site I wanted to fill you in on my latest articles there. I’ve written five new articles, many of which have also been published on The Huffington Post. Here the are chronologically ....more

10 Fun and Easy Ways to Change Up Your Style

As you know I’m prone to Shopaholism. Case in point, my 71 Dresses in 71 Days series. Here’s something I’m going to try to keep my credit card from exploding: Every woman goes through phases of being uninspired with her wardrobe ....more

6 Things She Was Thinking During Sex, What He did to Make it Stop!

I’m attempting a technique called The Pepper Grinder on my husband. It’s 9 a.m. on Monday morning, which is one of the few times we can have sex because our children are not in the house, but it really eats into my work time, man. This is what I’m thinking as I try to efficiently complete this sexual task ....more

How Safe is Your Vagina from These 7 Deadly Afflictions?

Just when you thought it was safe to turn your body into a cellulite-free, cross-fitting, soul-cycling, pole-dancing, Whip/Nae Nae-ing, Lean Mean Fighting Machine, your vagina quietly raises its figurative hand to say, “Not so fast, Jessica Simpson!” Because according to a recent Bustle article, exercising CAN HURT YOUR VAGINA! The 7 Plagues in order of least gross to most gross: Cuts, Scrapes, & Bruises:...more

Beware the Black Hair! (5 Things Older Women Know That Young Women Don’t)

It all began with The Black Hair. I was minding my own business, tweezing my eyebrows using a high powered magnifying mirror, capable of lighting up the crevices of your aging face like floodlights used to interrogate Colombian drug kingpins during the Pablo Escobar era, when I saw it. It was small, even demure, but it was there ....more

This Post Will Make You Love Yourself in 1 Minute and 13 Seconds (Real Beauty)

I’m not pimping Dove. This is not a sponsored post. But all I buy is Dove because their Campaign for Real Beauty is revolutionizing the conversation women and girls are having about self-love and positive body image and highlighting the fact that brands don’t have to make consumers hate themselves to sell a product ....more

A School Art Project in “CandleLight” Gets Fast Tracked to the Sex Ed. Dept.

Umm, okay. Is it just me or do these “candlelights” painted by students remind you of anything in particular? This image of the school “art project” has had almost 2 million views on Imgur and, understandably, the comment thread is nothing short of spectacular ....more