Tone Control

We all know our own flaws, and recognize them in our children, if we have any self-perception. I was struck by this paragraph in Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesiaby Elizabeth Gilbert, I'm…
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Blond Ambition II

I'm sorry. I just can not feel like Tracee Sioux with plain brown hair. It's the single brown tone that's making me feel un-me when I look in the mirror. Drab. Dull. Boring. Not on you. Just on me. None of those words describe me. I'm fun,…

20 Posts All Women Should Read

Earlier in the month I got an email from DJ Nelson saying that my article My Face/Her Face had changed the way she thought about cosmetic surgery. This is such a compliment. In fact, the article, she said, made her not want to shave a little…

Merry Me. Merry You?

I hope your Christmas was as merry as ours: Ainsley performed in her annual Christmas Pageant. This year they took the show on the road and sang and danced and played instruments at a nursing home. This is her first dance solo. We baked…

The Argument for Santa

Dreaming is a skill we must teach our children, especially our girls. Would Hillary Clinton be running for President if she only believed in the Possible? Would Oprah be Oprah if she didn't didn't believe in the impossible? Would Nancy…

Our Father Tract

When I first got married my in-laws came to visit us in New York. By the end of the trip I had to ask my mother-in-law, Peggy, to please hand the religious tracts to the waitress with the tip so we could still get refills. I'm all for religious…

Friend Finder

When I was a little kid my parents moved a lot. It was the 70s and 80s. When we moved to a new neighborhood I would go out and knock on doors asking, Do you have anyone my age that I could be friends with? Can you imagine letting your little…

Mani-Pedi Bond

Sundays are for bonding and resting. Oh, and a spa manicure-pedicure in front of the tube. Learn to groom, but be frugal about it. That's the lesson here. Ainsley bites her nails and lets her cuticles grow out to the point where a manicure…