Prince, My Soundtrack

April 23, 2016

  The collective gasp heard ‘round the world on Thursday must be what it sounds like when doves cry. I get weepy, even more so than usual. My sons think I’m nuts. I sniveled in carpool, wiping snot on my sleeve and thanking the sun for warranting dark glasses as I pulled up to the […]

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On Flattery

April 20, 2016

When is a compliment earnest and when is it unsavory? In the last few weeks I’ve been approached by strangers (all men) to tell me they like my dress or I carry myself well or that I must have a “lucky fella” at home. I was even told in the airport, “Don’t take this wrong. […]

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Food Bank is Vital to Our Community

April 19, 2016

There are two things that are important to me – my kids and other kids. Feeding families, whether my own or others, is always top of mind. Food is about so much more than sustenance. Our dinner table is the nucleus of our family, yet many families don’t have that luxury. I volunteer as a […]

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One North Carolina Dad’s Thoughts on HB 2

April 18, 2016

My friend Matt penned this post that I wanted to share here. You’ll read his words and see that he’s a man bursting with integrity and compassion. Matt is my people. Read on and you’ll see why.   I am a dad. And, like most dads, I want to protect my children. I want to […]

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Waxing about Waxing

April 4, 2016

I am not a fussy, high maintenance kind of girl. The one thing I do routinely to tend to myself and my grooming is get my brows waxed. I was born with the most unfortunate unibrow, and it took me well into adulthood to learn that I could actually do something about it. I suppose […]

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ISO Some Perfect Things

March 23, 2016

I’m straying from my political rants and activism for a moment. I have some pressing issues that are much more superficial in nature. Hey, I’m human. This humanity innately makes me a hypocrite too. I grapple with my own shortcomings and hypocrisy. How am I going to save the world while I also covet designer […]

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Growth Mindset and Politics

March 22, 2016

There is a paradox in how we talk about politics and how we talk about raising children. There’s a lot of chatter in schools about growth mindset these days. We encourage our children to focus on how they can re-channel negativity to think about what they can accomplish rather than wallow in what they cannot do. […]

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Civics and Civility: Political Paradigm in America

March 17, 2016

As my children grow more in tune with the political process, it gets tougher and tougher to help them make sense of this world of ours. They ask to stay up late to watch the debates, both Republican and Democratic, and we oblige. Twelve year old Bird reads the headlines on his phone every morning. […]

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Shot@Life Summit – Where Tribes Meet

March 10, 2016

When I am at the Shot@Life Summit I am with my tribe, my people, my girls. These are like-minded, smart, passionate women who yammer about the same issues at their dinner table as I do at mine. I suppose we annoy our families and friends in the same way, but when we are together there’s […]

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He Named Me Malala Film to Air Commercial-Free on NatGeo 2/29

February 24, 2016

Educating girls is not a woman’s issue. My own son wanted to raise money for girls’ education after we visited a village school outside Kolkata on our trip to India last year. He’s just 10-years old yet sees the value in educating girls. In a recent letter he wrote to the United Nations, he stated… […]

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