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The view from a cot on Half Dome, or, my mom

The view from a cot on Half Dome, or, my mom

My mom taught me that if you’re broke and possibly broken, the thing to do with your tax return check is to pack up your kids and drive north, up the coast of Oregon, Washington, all the way to British Columbia, fishing along the way. You go to those fancy gardens and ride a...

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The Blue Muse
A man who makes me laugh

A man who makes me laugh

I was rinsing shampoo when Mr. T came into the bathroom, looking pleased as punch. I glanced at him and he pointed to the sink where he'd placed a container of mayonnaise. I looked at T and at the sink, and back to T wondering What on earth?I laughed a...

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Hey teenage girls: You are not the worst

Hey teenage girls: You are not the worst

Recently I read (yet another) thread on Facebook that went like this: Main post: “Teenage boys are so hard.” Comments in thread: “You should be glad you don’t have GIRLS.” At least you don’t have GIRLS. OMG TEENAGE GIRLS. They are THE WORST. Insane, emotional, slutty little things. Mean. Irrational. I’m paraphrasing, but you...

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I don’t know shit about Baltimore

I don’t know shit about Baltimore

I know a few things. I’ve studied them, or better yet, felt them. I’ve watched, heard about them. Better still, lived them. I know a few things. But I don’t know shit about Baltimore. I know CNN and Fox are liars, and they don’t know shit about Baltimore either. I watch people talk. Here’s a thread...

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Sometimes you have to settle for “standard human”

Sometimes you have to settle for “standard human”

I have backed myself into a corner with this “truth-telling” thing. Here, on this blog. You know, there really is no such thing in writing. As soon as the words come out they are untrue, because they seem to contain the whole, but they are never the whole. They appear but are never complete,...

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The Girl With Moxie
Wearing My Moxie on My Sleeve

For the past few months, I’ve been battling depression and anxiety. While I typically struggle with pre-birthday depression, this year also started off with an abrupt end to a new romantic relationship. I had big hopes, as we’d been flirting … Continue reading

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My expert advice on when to take baby to the doctor

My expert advice on when to take baby to the doctor

Sometimes I hear parents get confused about when they’re supposed to take their baby to the doctor. You know, how to tell the difference between an infection and a virus, or the severity of either. And I think this is weird. I mean it’s so simple. But that’s probably because I have 4 kids. My experience...

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The Blue Muse
It’s not Easter without lamb cake

It’s not Easter without lamb cake

"Old fashioned lamb cake... Just like you remember."Old fashioned lamb cake, definitely the funniest dessert I've ever seen. It reminded me of the armadillo groom's cake from the movie Steel Magnolias.It wasn't the description that sold my sister Emily...

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The Blue Muse
It’s not Easter without lamb cake

It’s not Easter without lamb cake

"Old fashioned lamb cake... Just like you remember."Old fashioned lamb cake, definitely the funniest dessert I've ever seen. It reminded me of the armadillo groom's cake from the movie Steel Magnolias.It wasn't the description that sold my sister Emily...

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Nanny Goats in Panties
California Drought: 10 Ways to Save Water

California Drought: 10 Ways to Save Water

There is no “I” in drought. There is also no “A”. Because I live in Parched City, California, I know you little nanny goats have been dying to ask me what I’m doing to save water. Well, it doesn’t matter what I’m doing, what matters is that everyone else is doing it. And I’m...

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