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…
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You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Who doesn't love A Christmas Story? It's my favorite Christmas classic. So, about those Barbies Ainsley keeps praying, wishing and asking Santa for. . . Ralphie needed that Red Rider BB Gun just as Ainsley needs some Barbie dolls. I have overlooked…
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Unbelievably Fabulous

by Tracee Sioux I've been afraid that if I tell you about our good fortune it will vanish. That, I just could not bear. But, maybe it's real. Maybe God is going to let us keep this dream we've worked so hard for. Please God, let us keep this. We…
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Forbidden Prayers, Wishes & Dreams

by Tracee Sioux Yesterday we went walking, the kids and I, to get our exercise and take a break what seemed to be a downward spiral of bickering and frustration at home. There's a prayer sanctuary near our house that's open to the public…

Tamara Dear, Where Are You?

Tamara won the Discovery Girls books by placing a comment about her Penguin underwear showing through her play costume. Then the whole school called her Chilly Willy. She deserves those books. But, I haven't heard from her. If you are she,…