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

Welcome to Shout

Hi! I’m so glad you stopped by. The coffee here is always freshly brewed, and I hope you’ll make yourself at home. Pull up a chair, join the conversations. Have an opinion? shout it out. The only thing not welcome here is apathy.

Look for (almost) daily shouts below.

Bully Busters

“I told my son, ‘You cannot continue to run from bullies. You have to stand up for yourself if you want them to leave you alone,’” Tianna Onyebuagu testified during her son, Kenneth London’s murder trial in Tennessee.

There’s been an endemic growth of bullying in our society that has left parents and educators at a loss on how to effectively deal with the onslaught.

Here’s The Scoop: The Secret is in The Sauce

First on our list of must-have scoops are creators of The Secret is in The Sauce (SITS) … Tired of the status quo, two women took matters into their own hands and tapped the essence of “girl power” and the viral characteristics of blogging to quickly create a sorority and a motto that the recipe for success is support.

Turn the Car Around. We’re Having a Baby

It’s time to go home. Dogs in their kennels, child in his seat, cooler packed and engine started. It was 5 a.m. and we were literally waving goodbye when my brother-in-law called. My sister was in labor and had been at the hospital through the night.
“Well,” I thought. “This could still take a long time. [...]

Grass is Greener, Even in Mommy Land

There’s this wonderfully warm community of “mommy bloggers” out there and I’ve spent the last few months getting to know many by reading and clicking, reading and clicking. I’ve been surprised at how many bloggers are stay-at-home-moms and maybe the reason I’m finding so many is because there’s this linked world of blog roles where [...]

The Faces of My Husband’s Life

I was going through pictures from last week’s Mother’s Day party and I was struck by how this photo represents the chapters of my husbands life.
Allow me to introduce The Brothers.
From left to right:
Son #2, Shawn, is a 24-year-old, kind-hearted, political junky working in the financial services industry. He’s an American, born and raised in [...]

Setting An Example…your adult children are still watching

When our children are young, we tend to be more mindful of the examples we set. We try to walk the talk, to provide leadership and set the tone for identifying and solidifying value systems.
When our children grow up we assume they’re no longer watching, or at the very least they are too busy with [...]