It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see ~ Henry David Thoreau

6 Ways to Cope with Trump’s Win (or How Not to Make Your Trump Voter Relationships Worse)

Posted November 19th, 2016 on Huffington Post. True after the election, still true now…. My husband was worried about me as the election returns came in. “Why are you so damn calm? She’s losing in some important states and you seem fine. It’s scary.” “Because she’s going to win. I know it.” I knew it the day she announced her…

The Anti-Anxiety Chemical Phenibut. Benefits and Dangers.

Excerpted from Corpina’s article, “Phenibut’s INSANE Benefits and Brutally Awful Side Effects”  Phenibut is commonly used as a nootropic, an anti-anxiety medication, and sleep aid. Everyone’s always asking me how much they should take. Here’s my answer…   Everyone’s phenibut experience is unique, but in general, men should take about 2 – 2.5 grams and women 1 – 1.2 grams of…

Oh How I Miss The Days Of Presidential Dignity

The problem isn’t just about politics anymore, it’s about Trump, the very-bad-no-good person in the Oval Office. It’s about the impenetrable bond between Trump and his most loyal, rabid fans who refuse to see this guy as anything but their nation’s over due bad-ass savior, and a victim of a media witch hunt. Perhaps to admit Trump’s grave character flaws…

The First Amendment And What It Means For Free Speech Online

Written by Sam Cook The internet as we know it is nearly 30 years old. Sure, the web is a bit more complicated — and more intricately connected — than it was 30 years ago, but it’s no less of a modern Wild West today than it was in the 90s (although you may need to dig deep into the darknet to…

Killing God Softly

…I have no doubt I helped destroy my daughter’s faith in God. As Tina grew up, my higher power shifted from a His Will Be Done Christian to a genderless “divine force in the universe” with good intentions and a wry sense of humor. It’s pretty hard for kids to grab on to God when God is radiant healing energy…

Fluid Gender Identity. I Don’t Understand, But I’m Trying.

When I say confused I’m not saying anything is wrong with the spectrum and fluidity of gender identity; I’m saying I don’t understand how someone can feel like a man one day, female the next or at any given moment, somewhere in-between or entirely genderless? But to quote my 19 year-old daughter, “Mom you don’t need to understand something to…

On Grown & Flown

I’m delighted I found Grown & Flown, a website and blog about parenting older kids (ages 15 to 25). Grown & Flown recently published my essay “Why I Stopped Worrying If My College Daughter Was Lonely” Tina is a thousand times more self-loving and grounded than I was at her age. This is probably why I keep asking if she’s…

6 Ways to Cope With Hillary’s Loss (Or, How To Avoid Making This #@#! Disaster Worse)

From The Huffington Post At about 3:30 am on election night, I moved out of denial and into the bargaining stage of grief. I sat on my bathroom floor and pleaded “Please, pleeease, God, no. Do you know what this means? My daughter just voted for the first time.” About 4am, my husband came into the family room and saw…

God Is Also Inside Planned Parenthood

  Excerpted from “God Is Also Inside Planned Parenthood” They were last night as I walked in to a Planned Parenthood discussion on “A Celebration of Faith and Reproductive Health.” They’re always there, the voices to protect the unborn. A few protesters waved graphic images of bloody broken babies and held “Planned Parenthood = Murder” signs. A man on a…

4 Kinds of People Who Get Away With Saying Horrible Things (But Shouldn’t).

We’ve all done it, made a horrible comment we wish we could take back. Before I became a mother I once asked a very pregnant friend who mentioned she was going to the beach, “Do pregnant women go to the beach?” “I mean I know they can but do they want to? What kind of bathing suit do they wear?” “The kind made for…

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