Lorde: The Thinking Girl’s Pop Star

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photo: the guardian This past weekend, something unexpected happened. In the midst of a music industry rife with female pop stars willing to trade on their looks, who release predictable material and perform them provocatively, a relative unknown (until recently) New Zealander not only gave an inspired and powerfully commanding performance of her hit song Royals, [...]

Enjoy the Moment

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I like technology. I like it a lot. Without it, we wouldn’t have the internet, smart phones, or social media. Three things that I have grown greatly accustomed to. There are so many wonderful things that can be said in favor of smart phones and social media. Smart phones can help us navigate to somewhere [...]

Boys Are Stinky: Proceed With Caution and Nose Plugs

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Boys are cute. Boys can be intriguing. Boys are also stinky. I live in a household full of boys with only a cat and dog to commiserate with. Which is fine. Mostly. After all, I’ve been in rock bands with boys – stinky, foul mouthed, messy boys – for most of my adult life.  I’m [...]

Our Beautiful Differences

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A few weeks ago I went with my husband and my two young daughters to watch Disney’s latest animated feature film Frozen. I had no idea what the movie was supposed to be about. All I remembered from the trailer I saw was that there was a lot of snow, a snowman, and a reindeer [...]

Pottery Barn Teen Dream: Don’t Ever Look Back

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And…sort of in the words of Katy Perry… You make me feel Like I’m livin’ a PB Teen dream The way you taunt me with What I can’t afford I wanna charge it  And never look back, Don’t ever look back… The PB Teen catalogue just arrived. I need to tell you that this excites [...]

What We Can Learn From Parks and Rec

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I’m a huge fan of the television show Parks and Rec. If you are unfamiliar with it, it’s a comedy on NBC that is shot documentary style, like The Office. It follows the lives of the Parks and Rec department of Pawnee, Indiana. Not only is it a very funny (without a laugh track) show, [...]

When Pigs Flew

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Oh how I love to think about the young women in my life and their lives ahead of them…so full of hope! As my daughter enters teenagehood I think about all of the possibilities and our discussions over the past couple of years. Study in Amsterdam. Become a teacher. Be a signer. Be a writer.  [...]

What Do You Want To Be? (When You Grow Up…)

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If I’d planned on growing up, I guess I’d have chosen to be something like a a nurse, a teacher, or maybe a public servant. You know, something that changes lives and really matters. But since I have an incurable Peter Pan complex, I’ve always wanted to do something in the arts. And it could [...]

I Wanna See You Be Brave

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Confession: I have a huge girl crush on singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. She is uber cute and I totally want to be BFFs with her. For the past couple of weeks I have listened to her album The Blessed Unrest at least once a day. Sometimes twice. I am completely obsessed with her song Brave. It’s [...]

10 Things I Love about You

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There are 10 things I wish for the young women in my life. These are the things I want all women to possess. 1. Your authenticity. 2. Your honesty. 3. You never put up with people treating you poorly. 4. I love how you love people. 5. You love to learn about any and everything. [...]

Need to be ME

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Have you ever had it where you feel like you are living a lie? Where you think you are just trying to get by on whatever merits you think others want you to have… rather than on the experiences that you have from your own journey? Recently, I was in a gathering of friends where [...]

Navigating Life. Gollum Style

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We LOVE everything!  We HATE everything! Alas, a new year has arrived and what was my first thought upon waking? Gollum. “What’s Gollum got to do with anything?” you ask? We were watching “The Hobbit” the other night and had a couple of revelations.  One, that my youngest son is a lot like Gollum/Smeagol when [...]