You aren’t fated to be a bad parent just because yours were

Not all of us have had ideal parents, and sometimes long after we’re out of their sphere of influence, the damage they’ve done remains. I certainly fall into the category of someone who still is affected by what happened in her childhood, and the damage was enough that I worried that I’d do the same to my daughter. Read More You aren’t fated to be a bad parent just because yours were

Nerdy Adventures in Cooking: Miss Martian Cookies

In addition to my many geeky hobbies (anime, video games, comics, etc.), I also enjoy cooking and baking. Whether or not I’m great at it is up for debate, but I definitely enjoy it. So what better way to pursue my love of cooking than by exploring new and interesting avenues therein? From that sentiment was born… Nerdy Adventures in Cooking. (Full disclosure: I first got the idea while baking bread that I saw on the anime Yakitate!! Japan That will probably be a future entry.) Read More Nerdy Adventures in Cooking: Miss Martian Cookies

Electronic Fences are the Wrong Choice for Your Dog

Today, I received an email from one of my students who was considering installing an electronic fence system in their backyard and wanted to know what I thought.

I hate them. Read More Electronic Fences are the Wrong Choice for Your Dog

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Discipline & Doubt In Writing a Novel

Back in the heady days of NaNoWriMo 2012, I highlighted Semi-Charmed Life by Nora Zelevansky as one of the NaNo projects turned real, live novels. Nora was generous enough to share with us some thoughts on the challenges of writing and turning an idea into a full-fledged novel. You can find more from her on her site, http://norazelevansky.com/.  -Slay Read More Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Discipline & Doubt In Writing a Novel

Micro-aggressions, Cat-calling, and Triggers, Oh My! A Record of Harassment

[Original publication date: May 16, 2011]

(Trigger warnings:  offensive images, talk of sexual assault, sexually aggressive language)

Last week, Olivia wrote about the anger around the cat-call, saying, “Sometimes I feel like I have molten lava boiling right underneath the surface of my skin. It’s been building, and waiting, and accumulating all things toxic.” Read More Micro-aggressions, Cat-calling, and Triggers, Oh My! A Record of Harassment

Unseen, Unheard, Unvalued, Unimportant…

… and yet folks wonder why I’m angry.

There are so many things I would rather be writing about today. There are so many sad things I could be writing about today. Instead of those things, I am writing this. Read More Unseen, Unheard, Unvalued, Unimportant…