“Unfair” Doesn’t Begin to Describe It

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Oren is a friend I met online, and we have a lot in common. We're both parents, spouses, bloggers, Marylanders, Jews, and challengers of gender stereotypes, among other things. For a long time, we've been sharing each other's writing on social media, and I've marveled at the community of Dad Bloggers he has built, through sheer force of his personality and determination that fathers who happened to be the primary caregivers of their children shouldn't feel alone.He has received the worst … [Read more...]

American Blogger – A Trailer Review

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I recently watched a trailer for the new “documentary” coming out called “American Blogger.” Documentary is in quotation marks because it should really be called an “advertisement.” No, no, I realize a trailer is an advertisement for a movie, but based on the trailer’s impression, what I’m saying is that it seems the actual movie will be more of an advertisement of their cross-country “journey” and “brand” than a documentary...Read the rest of my review of the trailer over at Lefty Pop, and b … [Read more...]

Say It With Me: “I Believe You.” (trigger warning – child molestation)

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I don't pretend to know what happened in the colossally fucked-up family dynamic into which Dylan Farrow had the misfortune of being born. I realize our legal system was originally set up to make it harder to convict someone than to acquit him or her. In practice, this allows for great travesties of justice unserved, but in theory, I believe that is still how it should be. All I have is my gut feeling - this is all ANYONE has, except for the perpetrator and the victim of a crime in which there … [Read more...]

My Youngest is 10…

...and if you'd like to know how I'm feeling about that, please click over to Scary Mommy to read "Double Digits."  I'm beyond excited to be on that great site by fellow Baltimorean, Jill Smokler.  :)  … [Read more...]

Not Smarter Than a Fourth-Grader

This morning on the way to school, my fourth-grader and I had the following conversation.Him:  Did you know sloths move so slowly that sometimes they mistake their arm for a branch, reach for it, and then fall to their deaths?Me:  Sloths have arms?Him:  Yeah!  Of course they do.Me:  Sloths don't have arms.Him:  (disbelievingly) Yes, Mom!  They have REALLY LONG ARMS!Me:  No, they don't.Him:  Yes, they do!Me:  They do not.Him:  (patiently) Mom.  I'm talking about … [Read more...]

My Tattooed Teenager

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She'd been asking for years.  My firstborn, with the red hair and creamy skin, wanted a tattoo.  For years she's been asking.The child who, if she could, would paint her room a different color every other month.  The child who, if her parents could, would ask them to rearrange the furniture in her room every other week.  The child who, as a pre-teen, declared matter-of-factly, "I require constant change."  The undeniable implication was, "Is that so wrong?  Is that so difficult?  Why is nobod … [Read more...]

Why I’m Cheering for “Popular Science”

A little over a week ago, Popular Science published an article called "Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments."   In it, the magazine announced that, from now on, it would no longer allow comments on stories it publishes online.  An old friend from college posted the article on Facebook, tagging me and a few others asking our opinions on the decision.  My response was this:  "You had me at the title.  I don't even need the 'Why' at the beginning of it."I can imagine the protests to come - callin … [Read more...]

Vacation Hangover

Well, there was no Captain Steubing, and it was not the Love Boat, but we sure loved the boat that took us on vacation.  Here's a random re-cap.1.  No wi-fi and/or texting is a blessing.  The end.2.  Just kidding!!!  There's more!  Angel (pronounced "Ahn-HELL") was our dinner waiter, and Marko was his assistant.  I learned halfway through the trip (and that was too late) that I should not ask Angel his opinion about more than one entree.  This is because he would proceed to bring me each. … [Read more...]

A White Girl and the “N” Word

When I was in elementary school in 1970's Brooklyn, NY (maybe third grade?) a kid (who was white) told me I had “n*gger lips.”  It felt weird, because I wasn’t sure if it was a compliment or not, but I kind of knew something wasn’t right about it.  Honestly, I don’t remember how I responded.  Maybe I looked confused or maybe I tried to be cool about it.  I was seven or eight.  I was also kinda socially awkward and, frankly, just happy to be getting some attention from a peer - that much I do reme … [Read more...]

“Were You Trying?” Well, That Question Certainly Was…

We truly are an entitlement-driven culture.I’m not talking about welfare or tax breaks–I’m talking about people feeling entitled to KNOW things they have no business knowing.  I recently wrote about politicians' infidelity (and how it is or isn't relevant) in this post at The Broad Side.  I could blame it on the internet, or too much information, or Facebook for encouraging over-sharing. Truthfully, though, this sort of butting in happened waaaay before the internet age made everyone experts … [Read more...]


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