If You’re Ugly, Don’t Bother Reading This

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After reading a thoughtful and insightful look into the life of a talented, accomplished actress I glanced at the comments left at the bottom of the article. There was a long discussion about how the readers didn’t think she was pretty enough. “She’s ugly.” “I wouldn’t say she’s ugly, but she isn’t classically beautiful.” “Pick […]

An Open Letter to God About This Winter

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Dear God, We get it. We really do. You’re good with snow. You’re REALLY good with snow. You’ve painted so many beautiful scenes with it this year. I’ve oohed and aahed over and over, glorying in the wonder of it all. But here’s the thing. It’s getting a little old now. I always wondered how […]

My Real Life Weekly Meal Plan. No Quinoa Required.

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I would like to tell you for dinner tonight my family dined on fresh, homemade sprouted bread, organic creamed kale and free-range chicken and quinoa casserole made with Amish cheese. For dessert we enjoyed chocolate pots de creme, made with only the finest Belgian chocolate, of course. Except that we didn’t. Not even close. Monday […]

Conversations with My Children: The Definition of Blackmail

David: Mom, what does blackmail mean? Me: It’s when someone tries to get you to do something by holding something over your head. David: Oh. Me: You know, say you cheated on a test, and I said if you don’t pay me $100 I’ll tell your teacher you cheated. David: I think I’d rather just […]

Why Thin Mints are a Threat to Public Health and How to Manage Your Addiction

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We just made it through the feeding frenzy that starts with Halloween and continues through Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Fat Tuesday was yesterday. I indulged in the requisite Paczki packed with sugar and jellied fruit. I stepped on the scale this morning and whew! I didn’t lose any weight, but somehow I managed to […]

10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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It snowed here again last night. That makes 96 inches for the season so far. When the snow started falling in December it was beautiful, and we all went out and frolicked in it. Now every time another flake falls we want to hunt Mother Nature down and tar and feather her. We’re tired of […]

Do We Talk About the Negatives of Motherhood Too Much?

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I do it. If you’re a mom you probably do it too. We talk about what a hard job this is, a lot. How we never, ever get to eat a hot meal, pee alone or sleep through the night. We talk about how it’s wreaked havoc on our bodies, turned our brains to mush […]