Activism, Writing

A Poem for Parkland

I’ve been having trouble articulating my emotions after another senseless school shooting, so I wrote this poem for Parkland. Sometimes the written world is the only power I feel like I have in this world. For Parkland Drills of ducking under desks and cowering for cover. Blood spatter and bullet holes shed for empowering. A… Read More A Poem for Parkland

Entertainment, Movies

“I, Tonya” is a Timely Observation of Truth

America’s renegade versus America’s sweetheart. Even the most casual observer of figure skating knew the names Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan back in the ’90s. Families were glued to their TV screens as the scandal of Kerrigan’s assault exploded just before the Olympics. Did her husband act alone? How much did Harding really know? Those… Read More “I, Tonya” is a Timely Observation of Truth

Parenting, Stepmom Life

“Stepmom” vs. “Bonus Mom” and Why They Both Matter

Where does the word “Stepmom” come from? The etymology of the word prefix “step” carries with it some connotations that don’t usually apply to the dynamics of a modern blended family. The word “step” comes from the Old English word “steop,” which essentially means “loss.” Earliest versions of “stepchild” were written as “steopcild,” which literally… Read More “Stepmom” vs. “Bonus Mom” and Why They Both Matter

Parenting, Spirituality

The Longest Night: How Our Family Celebrates Winter Solstice

‘Tis the season of holiday celebrations for those of all religions, faiths, and spiritual beliefs. This month, so many important holidays are celebrated, from Hanukkah to Christmas, and the sacred Pagan holiday of the Winter Solstice, or the longest night of the year. This day also kicks off the time of year known as Yule.… Read More The Longest Night: How Our Family Celebrates Winter Solstice

Best of the Month, Books, Entertainment, Parenting

Stay Lit: 10 Festive Children’s Books To Read This December

The nights are getting longer, and the weather is getting colder as we approach the end of the year. Fortunately, there’s plenty to celebrate during this chilly season. It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with your children and ready stories about the history and traditions behind the holidays we celebrate each year.… Read More Stay Lit: 10 Festive Children’s Books To Read This December

Parenting, Stepmom Life

Stepmom Life: How To Master Sharing Your Child During Holidays

In blended families we get to practice sharing our children every single day of the year, so we often approach the holiday season with a sense of ease and confidence. Unfortunately, once the weight of gifts and meals, and families begins to become a reality, it feels a bit heavier than we expected, making these… Read More Stepmom Life: How To Master Sharing Your Child During Holidays