Category Archives: family

How an extrovert copes with an empty nest!

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I was an only child. This might sound like heaven to folks who have visions of only children being waited on hand and foot by doting parents. Let me assure you that never happened. If fact, my mother, when asked why she didn’t have more children, will always unashamedly admit it was because she didn’t […]

Veterans and their families have been angry for a long time. It’s time for the rest of you to get angry too.

For the rest of the world, the news of the most recent VA scandals is shocking.The media this week is filled with outrage and indignation, including replays of President Obama, in 2008, vowing to get to the bottom of the issues with the VA. For veterans and their families this news was not new. We have […]

Motherhood is about choices, and the first one is the most important!

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Over and over I’ve started and back-spaced and restarted this blog. As the mother of four children by birth, and others by love, I usually write something heart-felt and moving on this weekend, about the experience of being a mother. This year especially, as my own mother turns 80 on Mother’s Day, it seems a […]

Rights are not only guaranteed to the intelligent!

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I was so excited to be quoted in Aaron Prill’s latest blog. Of course, my words were completely taken out of context, but he included a link to my blog and I always enjoy more hits! This was part of the quote: “Life happens and there are so many things in our lives that are beyond […]

We all have a calling! Mine has involved handing out condoms!

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In honor of Phyllis Schlafly’s most recent stupid comments, and all the most recent “debates” about contraceptives, I thought it was necessary that I once again reveal one of my secret super hero identities! (To those who may have missed it, the original reveal was in a BDN blog from 2011)! You see, Schlafly, who […]

Well, then clearly I should be gay!

A nun in North Carolina is facing well deserved criticism from students and parents after holding an assembly on sexuality at Charlotte Catholic High School. In this assembly she told students that some of the reasons people “become gay” include having divorced parents, watching pornography or practicing masturbation. Now let’s face it, if this were […]

Nobody gets to have a say in the size of your family, least of all your employer!

There is a fabulous new BDN blog, launched last month, called “We’re {not} having a baby!” written by Amy and Lance Blackstone! Considering that I have had many babies, you may not think I would enjoy this blog. However, after taking Professor Amy Blackstone’s online class a few years ago, the Sociology of Gender, I became […]

Sometimes the only reason no one is there to help is because we haven’t had the courage to ask!

I recently ended up in the emergency room with what turned out to be a bad reaction to a new medication. Apparently, when the small print on the bottle says to call your doctor if you experience things like dizziness and loss of consciousness, you really should! I am fine now, but the remarkable thing […]