Boys Are Stinky: Proceed With Caution and Nose Plugs


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


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 [...]

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 [...]

Navigating Life. Gollum Style


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 [...]

Failure: A Lesson in Disguise


Those cupcakes up there? The ones with the heart shaped strawberries? I thought they looked quite pretty. As for taste, I gave them a big thumbs down. They ended up on my list of recipes that I thought were going to be good but ended up turning out to be complete failures. You would think [...]

Finding Joy

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One day while I was working on a blog post, my 4-year-old was watching Return to Never Land. While Jane was flying for the first time I happened to glance at my daughter. She was so awed by this that her smile literally stretched from ear to ear. The look on her face was one [...]

5 Ways To Combat the Back To School Blues

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Well, it happened. I walked into Target and found the dreaded display. Don’t be coy with me, you know which one I’m talking about. The Back To School display. Thank Goddess it’s in the back of the store so it can be avoided on some level. But the signage hits us at the entryway to [...]

Would You Like to Be a Miss Unlimited Teen Writer?

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When I got the idea to find a group of bright, intelligent, and diverse teen girls to write for Miss Unlimited, I knew that I’d set myself up for a difficult task. I can be picky, and I couldn’t have just anyone represent both the general population of teen girls and Aiming Low. I’d established [...]

How to Fight Right Before You Fight


Mostly when people “fight,” there’s an unspoken idea that the fight will end their relationship. This idea dictates how perceived slights are understood and addressed. Instead of talking about problems and working it out, issues that could’ve been simple disagreements devolve into cold wars and character assassinations. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, [...]

12 Ways to Rock Young Womanhood


I have to be honest: I am a fan of lists. So the fact that I am making a list of how I would have liked to “be” as a young woman is no surprise. I make a lot of lists. I have a list for my work, for blog posts, things to do around [...]

One Simple Skill

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When I graduated high school I didn’t really have a focus on what I wanted to do with my life. I gave up college to marry young and we set out in the military, where my then-husband was in the army. I’d worked at a video store (before movies could be sent to our not-yet-existent [...]