Protecting our kids from pornography is so un-fun to talk about.

A few nights ago, my husband and I attended a class about pornography. Oh, how I hate that word.  I hate hearing it, I hate saying it, and I really, really hate writing it on this blog, which is supposed to [...]

When your little sister wears perfume, don’t tell her she stinks unless she really does. Then you absolutely must tell her.

It was 1985.  I was twelve years old and dripping with the anticipation of attending my first real dance.  Our church's youth group, which hosted weekly dances for teens aged fourteen to eighteen, had given a rare invitation to the twelve- and thirteen-year olds [...]

I gained a pound this week and didn't even have fun doing it.

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For the last three weeks, I've been on diet/workout overdrive, trying desperately to undo what I did to myself this summer.  And what was that?  Well, let me just say that the reason I didn't blog this summer was because I [...]

Three things I hated about “The Fault in Our Stars” and four things I loved.

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This summer, like everyone else on the planet, I succumbed to the hysteria and read The Fault in Our Stars.  I laughed, I cried, I was moved.  I really liked this book--except when I hated it.  I know hate is a strong [...]

How to train your dragon—er, dog—while keeping your cool. hint: it is impossible.

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Last Saturday I took my dog, Maude, to her first obedience class at Petco.  Wait.  Did I really just say that out loud?  Because if so, I can now add it to the growing list of things I Swore I'd Never Say, such [...]