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Tag. You’re IT!

At times people set the tone in a conversation or an interaction and then accuse a person of behaving in a way that is inaccurate.  

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Twilight: America’s Love Affair with Dysfunctional Love

When my daughter came home with the first book in the four-part Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer, it was a week before the first movie in the series came out and she wanted us to read it — together! Well, what mom of a teen wouldn’t jump at such an invitation?

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Cliques ‘n’ Shit

I run a website where I am writing a fictional love story based on a well-known icon. It started out as just fun and really was, until a bunch of overzealous fans tried to take over. They were a nasty little clique, ewww; women in their 30s and 40s still playing the high school Mean […]

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Parenting

Powerful Parenting… I Mean Re-parenting

A few weeks ago on Monday, in the wake of Mother’s Day,  I moderated a panel for “Love Your Body Day,” an event put together by the Center for Community Alternatives to uplift and celebrate the women who benefit from their extensive programs. 

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Life

Sssshhhh!!! Can You Keep a Secret?

In Hey, That’s MY Business! Information Control I talked about the ways people try to control others by attempting to dictate what they can and can’t talk about.  Some people, I argued,  like to label topics as “their business,” which is to put it plainly, a lie. 

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Life

Hey, That’s MY Business! Information Control.

Every one of us, I’m sure, has been on the receiving end of a variation of this kind of complaint: “Why did you tell such and such about what happened at Starbucks last Tuesday? That’s MY business!”

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Parenting

Something IS Wrong

Imagine walking into a bank. An eerie silence fills the room and you notice, too late, after the door closes behind you, that something is very wrong.

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Pop Culture

Communication, the Digital Way

I liken the Internet to a huge mall full of stores and kiosks peddling every single item you can think of to a never-ending supply of customers. I bet the entrepreneurs looking to make their millions through this medium share my vision.   But one thing baffles me.

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Do You Have an Abusive Online Persona?

Over the weekend, I’ve been observing a long-standing website implode with inner squabbling, and in reading along I’ve identified what a friend once dubbed “the emotional regression of people online.”

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Op Ed

Psst… Tumblr Serves Up Porn to Minors

(Ed. note: Some NSFW content and images after the cut) I’ll never forget the day I sat down with a large cup of coffee and my daughter’s laptop to do some leisurely Internet surfing. I clicked the bookmarked tab for Tumblr, not realizing that my 15-year-old (at the time) was already logged in and was […]

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The Big, Black Ugly Secret

Photography by Miguel Jacob FASHION’s Magazine Summer 2009   What’s wrong with this picture? If you’re Caucasian, Asian, Indian or from the Middle East, it might escape your attention. Might. Take a look at the picture again. What do all of these women have in common? Are you thinking that they’re all Caucasian?  No, they’re […]

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The Back-Hand Slap

We’ve all felt its stinging blow, made all the more painful because of its shocking delivery. It’s unexpected, slamming into our reality with a hint of distaste and dismissal. Perhaps it is because it comes full throttle, followed by an open-hand smack that has thrown you to the floor. You’ve yet to recover from the first blow […]