TED Talk: Reinventing Feminism

TED Talk: Reinventing Feminism

Sometimes the models of a meaningful life are in our own kitchen... You can catch presenter Courtney Martin and many other smart writers over at Feministing.com Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

"Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers - and fathering is a very important stage in their development." David M. Gottesman The sexiest, most interesting men alive, are not the ones with six packs for abs, nor the men who are driving flashy cars and carrying thick wallets. They're the fathers who have embraced their roles and are fully responsible for the impact they wield on their children's lives. They're the men who realize that mothering shouldn't be a 24 hour job - and jump at the chance to spend time with their children. Men, who do so, because they've found Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Today is the day to honor mothers. What makes a good mother can vary considerably person to person and year to year as a child grows. For example, I thought being a mother meant unconditional love, as my children grow I realize, they too, must have some responsibility in upholding their part of our relationship. I have been blessed. My mother taught me the importance of affection and love which I passed onto my children. When I first had my babies, I assumed if I put my heart and soul into them, they would grow to be fine, young men. It has proven true, thank goodness! Raising Continue reading

Merry? Christmas!

Merry? Christmas!

I was laying in bed after my first Christmas Eve alone and for some unusual reason I began to think about the gifts I wouldn't likely be getting in the morning. I'm sure my kids will give me something, but as teens, my gift is probably not on their priority list. I know my mother's wasn't when I was their age. You probably have decided I'm a materialistic person, but if you lived my life with me for the past 30 years, you'd know without a doubt that I'm not. I tried to remember all 45 of my previous Christmas mornings.... the last time I got a gift I was truly excited about was around Continue reading

Evaluating Traditions

Evaluating Traditions

The other day my 15 year old son asked if I had purchased his advent calendar yet. “You know, the ones with the little chocolates,” he reminded me. I hadn’t planned to get any this year as I wrongly assumed he’d outgrown it. In that moment, I realized he hadn’t. It was a tradition that signaled the start of his Christmas season. Tradition has been a recurring theme in my life this month and not just because I will be initiating new family traditions as a single mother. Not all traditions are events that surround well-known holidays. Traditions can be personal and private as Continue reading