Tag: Women

The Mom Gets in the Pool*

*With a tip of the hat to Allison Tate’s “The Mom Stays in the Picture” Yesterday I spent four hours at the official opening of the neighborhood pool, which we joined for the summer. There were at least 200 people at this party. You know how many moms got in the pool over the course of four hours? Six. At one point I counted … Read More The Mom Gets in the Pool*

Living in the Digital Age

These past few weeks have been filled with nostalgia and dust. Lots of dust. At the age of 93, my Grandma Betty has moved into an assisted living home. Her health is touch and go, her eyesight is bad, and sometimes, she just can’t remember to eat. For us grandkids, this is devastating. Grandma Betty has lived in the same house since the 1950s. … Read More Living in the Digital Age

Mean Mama Walking

We have a sick mama among us. She’s sick in a way that she isn’t ready to face yet. I was surprised that her secret was so open. But then I learned there’s another mama who is making sure everyone knows. And not in a nice way. She is actively and purposefully making sure people know. This kind of stuff takes me by surprise … Read More Mean Mama Walking

And Then I Said “Younger Self, listen to me”

Too much, women lie to each other to soften the blows of life. We—you and I—do it. Not so much anymore, but when we were in the throes of our twenties, we did it. I get why we did it, because when our best girlfriend is a puddle of hurt and anger at our feet, we just want to make it go away. You’re … Read More And Then I Said “Younger Self, listen to me”

Women Who Come Running When

On Halloween we trick or treated with neighbor friends, because that’s how we do. Steffani and Laurie know each other through me. They both have three year old daughters, Clare and Abigail, who decided that they had to trick or treat holding hands. Since Annie refused to get out of her stroller, I kept up with the older kids as they ran from door … Read More Women Who Come Running When

When Facebook Calls You Skim Milk

You know how something stupid can get you thinking? Last week one of my friends posted “Which TV mom are you?” The pictures were of Claire Huxtable, Roseanne and Peg Bundy. I am Claire, minus the law degree I thought to myself. No nonsense, fair, funny. For sure. And then I got Cindy Walsh from Beverly Hills 90210. Dang. Cindy was skim milk—good for … Read More When Facebook Calls You Skim Milk

Slowing Wonder Woman Down

My younger self would have seen this statement as a challenge and asked with a saucy smile, “Are you sure about that?” This older and wiser version of me knows better and actually grieves the years I spent trying to be too many things to too many people. My mantra used to be “I got this” with little thought to whether I needed to … Read More Slowing Wonder Woman Down

August Is Breast Feeding Awareness Month ~ Guest Post by Jennifer

My name is Jennifer and I met Jen and Dana when we were all teachers. Now I am a homemaker for my amazing husband, two beautiful sons, and one slightly neurotic cocker spaniel. In July, Jen and Dana invited me to guest post with the instructions to write about something that “fired me up”. I never anticipated breastfeeding to be the topic that pushed … Read More August Is Breast Feeding Awareness Month ~ Guest Post by Jennifer

She Shamed Herself, and Other Thoughts

Maybe, like me, you had no idea that the latest Bachelorette had sex with one of her suitor/contestants, and then sent him home. Maybe, like me, you think the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise is one of many examples of troubling but ultimately unimportant immorality in society today, along with Justin Bieber, the Kardashians and Rush Limbaugh. But then I saw this headline: “Who is Responsible for … Read More She Shamed Herself, and Other Thoughts

One Hour ~ Jen

I struggle to read the stories. Not the ones where the mom made it, got help, survived. I can handle those, like the many you can find here. It’s the ones where she wasn’t helped, and someone didn’t make it, that I can’t handle. It hits too close to home. This week it was three beautiful little girls, ages 2, 16 months and two … Read More One Hour ~ Jen

Conservative Feminists and Arrogance

Dana and I are Feminists from way back. Maybe you’ve noticed. So we take issue when a group of powerful and important women trash Feminism, which is what happened last week at the Heritage Foundation’s celebration of Women’s History Month, “Evaluating Feminism, Its Failures and Its Future”. These women have some serious hubris. Do they even know what the word Feminist means? Feminism is a … Read More Conservative Feminists and Arrogance

Mouthy Women

This morning, Dana and I made it to yoga for the first time in two weeks. My kids have been sick, her kids have been sick, and the dang time changed. You know what I’m saying right? One of those weeks. So what to write about? We just passed the one year anniversary of Full of Graces….Almost 500 honest to goodness readers…we just had … Read More Mouthy Women

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