Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

Fear. We all experience it. Bogeymen hiding under the bed, planes dropping out of the sky, bombs exploding during national holidays ““ these are all things I regularly envision happening in my life. Some people might say I’m an anxious person, though I prefer the term “realistic.” But there are times when even I understand my fears are completely irrational. Read More Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

The Grammar Bitch: Nerd Fights

“Correct English is the slang of prigs who write history and essays.” -George Eliot, Middlemarch Read More The Grammar Bitch: Nerd Fights

On How My Greatest Weakness Interview Response Has Changed, Thanks To The Recession

The interview question job seekers most frequently hear (and consequently dread), “What is your greatest weakness?”, is becoming more and more difficult for me to answer. Not, of course, because I am without faults, but because I have been forced to confront my biggest faults and fears on a daily basis during the job search in publishing, particularly the sort of faults interviewers and future bosses want to hear about: Read More On How My Greatest Weakness Interview Response Has Changed, Thanks To The Recession

Who are the Civil Rights Activists of Today?

When we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it’s tempting (particularly for the privileged, who don’t deal with the prejudice people of color face on a daily basis) to forget that true equality is still a goal to be striven for. But, as long as the college graduation rate of African American students is significantly lower than that of white students, as long as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is raked across the coals for “prejudice” (when all she did was have the decency to admit that one’s personal background will necessarily define one’s worldview), as long Tea Party members in Tennessee are advocating for significant changes in public school curriculum so that “[N]o portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership,” we, as a nation, clearly still have a long way to go. Read More Who are the Civil Rights Activists of Today?

Parenthood: They are Watching Me!

In my last post, I started drawing parallels to the show Parenthood to my own life. This week I started looking for the hidden camera in my living room. Read More Parenthood: They are Watching Me!

Mom Bloggers Aren’t So Sugary Sweet

One of the reasons I’m happy to be here at Persephone is that I am able to break out of the mom-blogger mold. Are you familiar with such a mold? It’s the one where the at-home or at-work mom blogs about her kids and life, about parenting, about marriage, and more and more frequently, products and promotions that fit her family. She’s learned about branding, her Twitter avatar matches her blog header, and there’s usually a gmail account thrown in there too. That’s not all mom blogs, but that’s a snapshot. Read More Mom Bloggers Aren’t So Sugary Sweet