Denise Tanton

As the BlogHer.com Community Manager, I have the most awesome job in the entire world. I get to ...   see full bio
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Denise Tanton

As the BlogHer.com Community Manager, I have the most awesome job in the entire world.

I get to wander around the internets and read YOUR blog and talk to you all day on Chatter, Twitter and Facebook. I answer a lot of email, too. (You can always reach me at denise@blogher.com if you have BlogHer related questions, though asking on Chatter is often a wee bit quicker.)
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My partner and I live in the Chicagoland suburbs (which is not the most awesome place in the world to live) with three four three two one of our six kids. (The other five are all grown up and living on their own.) My grandson, Johnny Mac Pippin, was born on May 15th and lives in Hawaii, which is too darn far away. My partner's mom (and her little dog too) lives with us as well.
We have a very loud cockatiel who we're hoping will move out when the middle child goes to college, a Treeing Walker Coonhound/Poodle mix puppy, a Coonhound/Weimareiner puppy and a Redbone/Collie puppe. Yes, three puppies. And, we have three two three prairie dogs. Yes, prairie dogs. You can follow their exploits at Prairie Dog Digest.
I read a lot, but not as much as my partner does, and the only TV I watch is Survivor. Now if Buffy or Gilmore Girls returned to TV....
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Understanding Copyright, Creative Commons, and Fair Use

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I Can't Believe I Have a Dog on Prozac

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The Greatest Gifts for Grandchildren

My grandson, Johnny Mac Pippin, is 2 1/2 years old now and he still lives very far away. Sigh. My strategy for Christmas gifts for him hasn't changed all that much since I wrote my first Ten Great Gifts for a Grandchild's First Christmas post two years. ago. I'm still working on that darn stocking and I still buy so many gifts that my daughter doesn't know what to do with all of the toys and things that I send. Yes, I'm that kind of grandmother. I can't help it. It's fun! Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for this year....more
I've put it on my list for next year. He's a little young right now! - Denisemore

The Best Coloring Books for Grown-Ups

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Love me some Rosie Flo!  Great list.more

Top 10+ Gifts for Artists

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yep -- no such thing as too many sketchbooks.more

Yes Virginia, I Am Christmas Shopping In July

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Julie Ross Godar lolz. I notice you didn't ooooooh over the purse. hahaha. ;-)more

Go Beyond Sweet Cherry Pie with 10 Amazing Cherry Recipes

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I have a cherry pitter that was about $8 and let's me pit 6 cherries at a time. It's really easy ...more

Must-Follow Monday: The BlogHer '14 Veteran Mentors

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DarryleP It's such a good idea. ~Annemore

Celebrate Summer With These 15 Watermelon Recipes

'Tis the season for watermelon, which means it's also the season for posts about watermelons, photos of adorable kids with faces covered in watermelon stickyness, and recipes using watermelon. Yippee for watermelon! Except this year, I was getting the feeling that there might be more watermelon posts than usual—and that watermelon cakes are super-duper hot this year. I thought it was my imagination, but then a co-worker posted a link to a watermelon cake, which led to discussions about watermelon and a ton of Pinterest board surfing. Rather than sit on all of these great watermelon recipes, I figured I'd toss them into a post so you can add some really great recipes to your collection and maybe serve a dish or two that everyone raves about. ...more
You're so right about grilled watermelon--why didn't I think of it before? Thanks for doing a ...more