My Only Child
There can be only one.
By Victoria Clayton Munn
I am the mother of one perfect daughter. She's pretty, sweet, intelligent and a handful. My little girl just had her first birthday, and I can't imagine a happier occasion -- celebrating a year of being the mother to the most incredible being this world has known. Unfortunately, my joy in being a mom is inevitably interrupted each time I am discussing children with someone. As I am describing how great I feel about being my daughter's mommy, inevitably I am asked, “So, when are you going to have another?” Arrgh. How to explain my thoughts on this subject? The short answer is, “Never.” That's right, I'm not planning to have more children. My husband and I actually WANT to have... read more
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Shades of Gray
It's not always black and white.
By Misty Nuckolls
I've avoided writing this for a long time now. Over eighteen months, if the truth be told. But tonight, reading an essay by Ayelet Waldman on Salon.com, and in light of the upcoming Supreme Court debacle and what it's going to mean for reproductive freedom, I couldn't put it off any longer. So here I am, finally writing about the A-word. Oh, I've written about it plenty before, in my usual callous, there-are-too-many-goddamn-mouths-on-the-planet-to-begin-with vein. But that was before. Not before I became pregnant. I was pregnant once before, at eighteen. I didn't know it until I lost it. I mourned that baby, even... read more
Remember the Fallen
Take a moment to reflect today on the men and women who have died to keep you and your children safe.
Memorial Day is, of course, a day that pays tribute to those men and... read more
New Food Reviews
By my two-year-old son, to whom most foods are new.
By Chris Steck
Bread (any kind): Call me Jean Valjean, but this is worth 19 years in prison!!! Sliced Tomatoes: Gonna pass, thanks. Breton Crackers: A hand-over-fist favorite. Cheerios: I cannot explain my primal desire to eat this crap without sugar and sometimes even without milk, but I’ll have two more bowls and an overall bib pocketful to go, please. Candy corn: A big fan of the original corn, I was prepared to be disappointed, but candy corn delivered in a big way! Tomato sauce: Yeah, no. M&Ms: I can get you the money by Friday, I just need a taste now. No? Shit. My mom has... read more
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The IP Bookshelf
Will It Blow? Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens By Elizabeth Rusch; illustrated by K.E. Lewis
Will It Blow? Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens By Elizabeth Rusch; illustrated by K.E. Lewis Sasquatch Books; $18.95 48 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1570615092 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Empowering young readers to do a little detective work on their own, Elizabeth Rusch's Will It Blow? Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens takes kids... read more
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