The Point, However, Is To Change It: On Making A Difference

June 9, 2012

I talk to Ana Roca Castro about using technology and social media to change the world – about how you build community online and off, how you use these tools to teach your children about changing the world and, most notably, about how you do more than just TALK about changing the world):   (You [...]

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Dads Love Being (Un)Wired For Sound

June 8, 2012

My husband, Kyle, is, as you probably know if you’ve read this blog, like, ever, a stay-at-home dad. Which is, to hear him describe it, a calling with very few adult rewards: it’s a life of endless bowls of Cheerios, repeat viewings of Caillou and ‘The Wheels Of The Bus’ on infinite loop. And any [...]

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Be The Change, Or Blog The Change. Whatever Works.

June 5, 2012

That whole thing that I talk about sometimes, about not having the right words, or not having enough words, or not enough breath or breathing space for words, or something to that effect? That doesn’t apply to video of me using my words, and especially not to video of me using my words last summer [...]

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The Rise Of Moms, And The Rise Of Dads, And How The Twain Shall Meet

May 24, 2012

I’m not going to address the latest dad blogging controversy (You guys! You have a controversy! You’ve arrived! AGAIN!), mostly because it’s a debate over trolling, and I am just so, so tired of talking about how mean we can all be to each other online. I’m tired of even thinking about how mean we [...]

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On Being Mom Enough — To Have The Conversation That TIME Started

May 11, 2012

Here’s the thing: I don’t much care one way or another about the photo that appears on the cover of the upcoming issue of TIME. I mean, I have opinions about it – I have opinions about everything – but it doesn’t rile me up in any way. Nor am I provoked by the subject [...]

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Silence Can Be Deafening: Behind The Scenes Of The No Mother’s Day Campaign

May 10, 2012

I’ve been participating in the ‘No Mother’s Day’ campaign – the brainchild of Christy Turlington Burns and her organization, Every Mother Counts – and will continue to do until Mother’s Day on Sunday. But not everyone agrees with the campaign. For some, it’s the message of the campaign – that we set aside the celebration [...]

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Mother’s Day For Everyone – Or For No-one

May 5, 2012

This Mother’s Day, I’m foregoing Mother’s Day. I’m asking my family to forgo the flowers and the brunch. I’m telling my husband that I don’t need a gift. I’m telling my mother that I adore her and esteem her, but that instead of a card I’ll be making a donation in her name to Every [...]

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Beyond Good And Apathy: What Does It Mean To Do Good In The Age Of The Internet?

April 23, 2012

I wrote this post a couple of years ago, in a moment of desperate hand-wringing about what it means to do good online. I’ve been thinking about it a lot in recent weeks, as I’ve dug further into social good efforts, here and at Babble. I love using social media for social good, and exploring [...]

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Words For Things For Which Words Can’t Suffice

April 3, 2012

This guy. This guy just embodies all that is wonderful and disconcertingly beautiful about the children here, in Kampala. He is all round cheeks and soft skin and tiny chubby hands and a pout – the pout that is, I think, universal to toddlers – but, too, he is solemn, and proud, and his eyes [...]

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Sugar And Spice And Shoes And LOL Cats

March 27, 2012

When I was in high school, I had a black canvas bag that I adorned with pins. Pins with slogans, pins with the names of bands – The Smiths, The Clash, The The – pins with images, pins that told the world who I was. I was edgy, I was cool, I was dark, I [...]

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