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Raising Kids

30 Things I’d Rather Be Called than Pretty

by Jenny Hansen Everyone has that one word that sets them off, for reasons that elude others. For some it’s “nice,” for others it might be “tall.” None of those words are bad, but have you considered what you’d rather be [...]
Brock Turner

Some Thoughts About the Nature of “Consent”

by Jenny Hansen Stanford University: Site of former student, Brock Allen Turner’s, sexual assault of an unconcious woman. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, because I just heard about the whole Stanford sexual assault trial this [...]
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My Fridge Needs a More Magnetic Personality

by Jenny Hansen I hate the new non-magnetic fridgie fronts! Especially with kids, I think the ability to hang artwork on my refrigerator is my God-given right as a parent. We inherited our fridge from my mother-in-law and, while it has lovely [...]
Autism Awareness

Is the Secret to Autism in “The Gut?”

by Jenny Hansen Autism is a topic very close to my heart. My first teaching job was with autistic kids, and my very cool little brother has autism. Some really groovy things have been happening in autism research these last few years and [...]

Life, Death, and the Sex License

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard Themes of death and birth, that cycle of apocalypse and renewal, surrounded me this week. A dear friend’s father died, a good soul who made the planet better by his presence. Another friend hit the magic [...]

8th Annual C&O Canal Pride Days

C&O Canal Pride Days: April 18 (Great Falls), April 25 (Williamsport) & May 2 (Paw Paw) Saturday, April 18, the C&O Canal Trust, in partnership with the C&O Canal National Historical Park, will host the 8th annual C&O Canal [...]

Giving Kids a Healthy Message About Their Bodies

by Jenny Hansen Since last summer, I’ve been gathering articles on this topic and, with bikini season upon us, I think it’s time to share them. So many people make resolutions about how they look. Hell, I used to make these resolutions. [...]

Some Days You Just Need To Swear

by Jenny Hansen Some days you just need to swear. When I first posted on this topic, Baby Girl was just starting to talk. Now? She’s repeating everything, which means I have to spell everything. And sometimes the Hubs will just say the [...]

A Schedule of Tedious Events

You may remember I wrote a post on Monday which seemed fairly organized and punctuated by semi-clear thoughts and only thirty-seven typos. Unfortunately, today’s selection will be headed the opposite route, recounting this week’s [...]

No Date Night For You

I’ve always felt that the strongest marriages are built on miscommunication. Experts disagree, but it’s only through gross amounts of misinterpreted verbal exchange we see one of the party gets left out of plans to have fun and [...]