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I didn’t care about Trayvon until Ferguson: Why we need more empathy in America.

Aug 18, 2014
I didn’t care about Trayvon until Ferguson: Why we need more empathy in America.

We need more empathy in America, which is the ability to "walk a mile in another's person's shoes." "But he was aggressive with police!""But he was involved in a robbery!""But he was 6'4 and threatening!"But he was unarmed.Unarmed.Unarmed and shot...

Blog birthday (be)musings

Aug 5, 2014
Blog birthday (be)musings

"Childhood" by Michiev. Used with permission."Be brave. Ask your questions. Speak your truth."I heard those words from BlogHer CEO and co-founder Lisa Stone during the first few minutes of my first official BlogHer14 conference week before last. Throug...

Three things on my mind as a BlogHer ’14 newbie

Jul 23, 2014
Three things on my mind as a BlogHer ’14 newbie

Who's going to BlogHer '14? This gal! Here's myin-the-garden #selfiebration submission.Kerry Washington sealed the deal. A chance to see Olivia Pope(!)* in person? Without having to travel too far? And I'd get to hang out with a bunch of cool...

Preparing for solo cross country flying

Jul 22, 2014
Preparing for solo cross country flying

Beautiful farmland between Sacramento Executive Airport and Yolo County Airport."So when are you going on your cross country?" my instructor Stan asked after he deemed me competent to handle cross-wind landings. Again and again, he asked. "You're ready...

It’s no hot dog anniversary but four years is still fun

Jul 17, 2014
It’s no hot dog anniversary but four years is still fun

Yes, I really fell down on my wedding day. No, this photo wasn't staged.If you follow the traditional wedding anniversary calendar, year the fourth is either flowers and fresh fruit (traditional) or appliances (modern). While I love me a good blender, ...

#100HappyDays: The $10,000 tomato

Jul 6, 2014
#100HappyDays: The $10,000 tomato

18 ounces of tomato goodness, July 5, 2014."Honeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyy, LOOK!" I exclaim, holding up a tomato the size of my head. (Well, almost.)Foisting the red orb at Mr. T, I continue to shout, "18 ounces!" which is a personal record.Weighing the fruit in...

#100HappyDays: A lazy Fourth of July

Jul 5, 2014
#100HappyDays: A lazy Fourth of July

The best place to spend a 100-degree Fourth of JulyAmid the canon balls, Olympic-level dives and doggy paddles (literally, on that last one, my parents have labs), my Fourth of July featured some base treachery. I'm talking pushing-people-into-the-pool...

#100HappyDays: July Christmas craving

Jul 5, 2014
#100HappyDays: July Christmas craving

One whiff of cinnamon pine cones and I am ready for Christmas! July 3, 2014When Mr. T said "You should save the trunk for storing something special," I think he missed the daggers in my glance.My Christmas decorations ARE special, dammit.He went on to ...

#100HappyDays: Aunt B’s in town

Jul 5, 2014
#100HappyDays: Aunt B’s in town

Sisters! June 2, 2014I'm going to be seriously grateful to the person who finally invents teleporting so I don't have to miss my sister so much! As an East Coaster, we don't see her nearly as much as we'd like, so we're squeezing as much visiting into ...

#100HappyDays: Hydrangeas in bloom

Jul 5, 2014
#100HappyDays: Hydrangeas in bloom

Pink hydrangeas in bloom, July 1, 2014.I might be risking "crazy plant lady" status what with how much time I've been spending in nurseries and in the dirt lately. (Nothing like planning a "yard warming party" to get a gardening obsession in full gear....

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