Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

News Sources…Who Do You Trust?

I’m a political nincompoop. It’s true. I don’t claim to hold the truth on any particular issue and through the last two decades my ideologies have changed significantly, surprisingly. Experience hasn’t provided wisdom, I don’t think, but it has certainly provided cynicism.
I strongly believe we each have a responsibility to be informed citizens, to participate [...]

I Am Beautiful Like Me

How can I help children create a positive self image, to feel the strength of their voice, and to celebrate their mental and physical diversity? It’s a question I’ve been contemplating for the last few days.
Another blogger reached out and asked if I’d be interested in a project. She has two pre-teen daughters and helping [...]

I Don’t Want to Vote

Of course I will, but for the first time in my adult life I don’t feel like voting in the presidential election. I feel like I have to choose between two extremes when I’m very much a moderate. I know many of you have a strong conviction regarding your candidate of choice, and I [...]

If You’ve Got a Heartbeat…

I am a fourth-generation entrepreneur who grew up believing banks are a necessary evil. I clearly remember sitting around the dinner table and my father ranting about the cost of credit or relaying stories about how he’d argued with a lender to ensure lower interest rates or negotiated some sort of deal for one thing [...]

Wall Street & D.C. Have Hijacked My Muse

The time I’d like to spend blogging is being gobbled by my insatiable need to better understand how Congress and Wall Street are going to make a deal, and what that deal is going to mean for our futures. My writer’s muse? It’s not very amused at all. In fact I’m quite sure it’s been [...]

Shout YES for The Protect Our Children Act

Help Pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act

Hundreds of thousands of children are victims of sexual abuse each year. Due to the sheer lack of resources, law enforcement is unable to follow up on the majority of leads they have. Oprah Winfrey is asking people to take action by reaching out to our senators and asking them to support Bill 1738.

Infedelity. Shades of Gray?

A well-written article by Ross Douthat in this month’s edition of The Atlantic asks, “Is Pornography Adultery?”
“Over the past three decades, the VCR, on-demand cable service, and the Internet have completely overhauled the ways in which people interact with porn. Innovation has piled on innovation, making modern pornography a more immediate, visceral, and personalized experience. [...]

Where’s the Center Channel?

Tomorrow morning as soon as the sun comes up, I’m going outside to rip the sattleite dish from the side of the house. My mind feels like a bowl of microwaved oatmeal that’s been left to dry and rot. All the political shenanigans from both sides of the bus…I can’t keep up.
I could jump back [...]

Only Liberal Women Worthy of Celebration?

There’s a lot of predictable rhetoric being spewed around the blogsphere regarding Sarah Palin’s addition to the GOP ticket, and some of the nastiest comments I’ve read are coming from other women. I’m guilty of laughing at some, but the more I read, the more disappointed I am.
Is it only acceptable to celebrate a woman’s [...]

Do We Ignore our Neighbors Too Much

It was only a few days ago that I was reading an updated story on The Girl in the Window … the almost 7-year-old feral child found in July 2005 lying in her roach infested room, naked excpet for an overflowing diaper.
While I was reading the updates, I was once again asking myself how does [...]