It was May, 1984. I was 15 years old, sitting in a sophomore history class at Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Missouri. My history teacher read the daily bulletin. First up in the school announcements were the names of my fellow classmates who would be inducted into the National Honor Society. I held my breath, knowing I would hear my name. My teacher finished the list and then went onto other bits of news. I couldn’t believe it. My name was not read.
After the class ended, I… Continue
Added by Annette Drake on March 1, 2014 at 9:30am —
It started yesterday when I was scrolling through Facebook updates. I have too many “friends” and “like” too many pages to ever do a thorough reading. But in my scrolling, something popped out. A person I didn’t know had posted photos of one of my FB friends. And next to it the letters RIP.
Let’s call him "Carl." He’s one of my FB “friends” that come from my teenage era. I graduated from a small town high school the same year that Carl did. I didn’t really know… Continue
Added by Etta Worthington on September 18, 2013 at 10:05am —
Some of the largest amounts of money in a marriage changes hands when it ends. No matter how much a wedding cost or how much a couple spent on a house, a divorce can be the most expensive separation outside of a corporate merger. High net worth divorces are a standard feature in the tabloids each year, as celebrity divorces allow regular people to glimpse into the sordid dirty laundry of the stars. If you are worth more than the average, you should seriously… Continue
Added by Jennifer Caughey on July 13, 2013 at 7:00am —
1. Better Performance
High end sex toys have more powerful and quieter motors, which means more stimulation and better orgasms. Also, someone in the next room won't hear what you are up to! Better motors also have more speeds and settings so you have more variety. Many luxury vibrators have remote controls that make it easier to use alone or with a partner.
2. More Discreet
These adult toys don’t look like sex toys. They are discreet and erotic objects of… Continue
Added by Stacy Rybchin on February 12, 2013 at 10:28am —
Added by Cathy Morton on January 26, 2013 at 11:11am —
If the Shoe Fits
I recently got to travel to Las Vegas. It was the first time for me, and I was excited about seeing the city that sports more neon lights than any other. The first thing I saw when we deplaned at the Las Vegas airport was a row of slot machines. For the next three days, I saw more slot machines (and a variety of other gambling devices) than I had ever… Continue
Added by Rebecca Elswick on December 14, 2012 at 6:22pm —
As you know, Shay Olivarria, has had a mutually beneficial relationship with the… Continue
Added by Shay Olivarria on April 12, 2012 at 7:00am —
When people hear that I write novels for teenagers, they often respond with a question that I find ever so slightly disingenuous: “How can you remember all that stuff?”
I really shouldn’t accuse complete strangers of lying to my face. After all, it’s hard to think of something to say when someone tells you her profession (“You’re a lawyer? That must be so…interesting”), and people might feel that a simple, “Cool” will… Continue
Added by Melissa Kantor on February 4, 2012 at 1:00pm —
I woke up feeling blue. Wasn't sure why. I was in a warm bed, NPR on the radio. The sun was coming out, but I heard rain was on the rain. I got a cup of coffee and an orange, then checked my email. Junk, plus a note about Amanda Hocking's new book hitting number four on the NYT bestseller list. I was happy for her, but then the article said "And she's only twenty-seven." As I've mentioned before, I'm going to be forty in a couple of months, so when people say "And she/he…
Added by Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on January 18, 2012 at 3:14pm —
Added by Tracy Elizabeth on October 30, 2011 at 11:00am —
When I was in junior high school, I had an art teacher named Mr. Loften. I was thinking about him yesterday and marveling at just how cool this guy was.
What got me reminiscing was a writing exercise. I'm taking a class at Gotham Writer's Workshop, and yesterday our instructor asked us to "remember a place from your childhood that was special to you, and write a description of it."
My fellow students opened their… Continue
Added by Kim Brittingham on October 27, 2011 at 7:06am —
With a daughter in middle school, I am reminded daily that being 13 is the worst age to be, followed closely by 12, 14, and 15. I’ve often said there isn’t enough money in the world to convince me to redo those awful years.
I see Elliott struggle with self-esteem, body image, and with social… Continue
Added by Lanita Moss on October 10, 2011 at 5:51am —
Five doors that mothers of toddlers with tiaras should open:
Added by Tracy Elizabeth on September 18, 2011 at 4:27pm —
Today is my high school homecoming. For the past several years, I have made the pilgrimage home to partake in the festivities with my friends.
The weekend starts with pre-parade cocktails, followed by a ringside seat on the parade route. After the parade, it’s on to a late lunch…followed by… Continue
Added by Lanita Moss on September 16, 2011 at 5:30am —
Just this past week I was diagnosed with Lupus and arthritis. I must admit it has rattled me a bit, mainly because I don't have any understanding of these two diagnoses. In 1998 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. In 2002 it was gastroparesis. In 2004 type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and out of control triglycerides. It seems my body has it's shares of auto-immune diseases. I have 5… Continue
Added by DeeBee on August 28, 2011 at 12:15am —
Added by Revital Horowitz on August 9, 2011 at 10:13pm —
Picture this…..your sixteen year old comes home and says, “I want to talk to you and I really want you to listen and think seriously about what I’m going to say.” What is the first thing that goes through your mind? I know…me too…..you hold your breath for a minute and hope for the best…right!? You just… Continue
Added by Amy Wise on June 1, 2011 at 5:43pm —
If I had to Continue
start writing a blog what would I write about? You see, I am an
Israeli-American woman, who is never sure where she should be living, in the US
or in Israel. It seems that my feelings are always divided, influenced by the
politics (sometimes like it here, sometimes there), the time of the year (I
vote for winters over there, while summers definitely for the Northwest), Holidays
(definitely like it there. Oh wait, I just remembered how I hated…
Added by Revital Horowitz on May 30, 2011 at 8:28am —
The other morning, I awoke to a cold, rainy day. I got the kids off to school and made the long commute to my office via the staircase. I sat at my desk, my coffee in my hands and my feet propped up, listening to the rain. It was a few minutes before 7:00a and it was still dark outside. I knew any motivation I might have to get dressed and go to the gym was slowly fading away. I needed to do something to cheer me up a little, and to keep me from commuting back to my bedroom and crawling… Continue
Added by Lanita Moss on March 16, 2011 at 6:34am —
Added by Amy Wise on March 8, 2011 at 10:44am —