Racism

In Honor of Honor: Six Things We Can Do In the Wake of the August 2017 Charlottesville Events

The dark, August days in 2017 after the events in Charlottesville saw a surge of internauts searching my posts for ideas on how to build vibrant, healthy communities.  In the ensuing exchanges of emails with some of my readers, I came to realise that, although I do not believe in racism, very few posts address… Read More In Honor of Honor: Six Things We Can Do In the Wake of the August 2017 Charlottesville Events

Family, Parenting, Pregnancy

PostPartum Body Acceptance: The Struggle is Real

In the face of everything else that a woman has to face in the postpartum period—namely, her brand-new baby and all that it entails—there isn’t much time, initially, to think about herself.  Showers, makeup and hair, and eating are only some of the things that seem to fly out of the window during those first… Read More PostPartum Body Acceptance: The Struggle is Real

Community Building, Community Development, Equality, Gender Identity, Gender Studies

A Four Step Action Plan So That #metoo Can Become #neveragain

The #metoo movement was quite intense, to say the least.  I knew that the prevalence of harassment was high, but some unexpected people in my circle of friends came out with their own #metoo stories that had me shook. It has also been very hard on the men in my circle of friends, who have… Read More A Four Step Action Plan So That #metoo Can Become #neveragain

Family, Gender Identity, Gender Studies, Parenting

Raising Strong Girls in a Princess Obsessed World { Guest Post }

{ This guest post was written by a friend and fellow Star Wars loving mom, Miquela. } Four years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. My husband and I had decided we did not want to know the sex of the baby beforehand. We enjoyed thinking about our little baby without the… Read More Raising Strong Girls in a Princess Obsessed World { Guest Post }

Fuller House, Review, TV, TV Review

Why Fuller House Is Worth A Watch Especially By The Most Cynical Of Us All

Let’s just get it out of the way: I really like Fuller House.  I acknowledge its negative sides but embrace it for the heartwarming, old-school, things-can-be-simple, fun family show that it is. One of the recurrent questions I get when I mention the show to others is how I can bear to sit through half… Read More Why Fuller House Is Worth A Watch Especially By The Most Cynical Of Us All

Community Building

Going Back to Basics: What Walking in Little Shoes Can Teach You { Guest Post }

{ This guest post was written by a beloved friend of mine, Nelli. } There are so many poignant things happening all around the world these days.  Within just a few minutes of scrolling through my news feed, I can feel completely devastated, then blissfully hopeful, then utterly disgusted, then surprisingly intrigued… Images, videos, shocking… Read More Going Back to Basics: What Walking in Little Shoes Can Teach You { Guest Post }

Arts, Family, Photography

Family Photography: A Luxury That Keeps On Giving

I recently wrote about balancing out necessary consumption, when it comes to babies, with overconsumption.  In short, there are material things that one really needs to raise a baby, while others are either personal preference or luxury.  I also noted some of the things that I already owned before having a baby that proved to… Read More Family Photography: A Luxury That Keeps On Giving

Hope, Personal Development, Virtues

The Light That Never Ends: The Gift From Some Dark Times { Guest Post }

{ This guest post was written by a dear friend of mine, Lorraine. } To paint a brief picture of my life prior to 25 May 2017, I was a young professional spending her free time supporting community building efforts and generally too busy or naïve (from my perspective now) to consider having to deal… Read More The Light That Never Ends: The Gift From Some Dark Times { Guest Post }

Community Building, Family, Parenting

Fighting Urban Loneliness, One Day at a Time

When I sprained my ankle back in 2008, I started feeling quite lonely even while standing in a crowd.  It was because the teaming mass of people was buzzing by me, unaware of my struggle opening a difficult door while juggling my bag and my crutches (more on that here).  There is one particular moment… Read More Fighting Urban Loneliness, One Day at a Time

About to Read, Book Review, Parenting, Review

About to Read: Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu

As a long-time **coughsnoteventwoyearscoughs** parent, I have been reading even more, lately, about the harmful effects of non-organic food in our health. On the one hand, I do not wish to become an alarmist, claiming that something (in this case, non-organic book) is the answer to all our woes.  I believe in a balanced approach… Read More About to Read: Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu