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Leaning In vs. Lying Down: Where Do You Stand?

This week, our managing editor, Kristin van Ogtrop shared her thoughts on Lean In the ubiquitous book by Sheryl Sandberg. Her conclusion? She’d rather stand up straight instead. Read the piece here: http://bit.ly/12amQIG. And here’s how you reacted.

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What Do You Do When Your Dog Hates You?

These pictures are all you need to know about the cruel fate that has befallen our beloved dog this week. That’s right: we got a puppy. I swear it seemed like a good idea at the time. The backstory:  our dog, Uki, is a reject from Guiding Eyes for the Blind (of course, Guiding Eyes prefers the much gentler—if completely […]

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Sheryl Sandberg’s Book: What Do You Think?

If you are a living, breathing, human resident of our fine nation, at this point you can’t escape Sheryl Sandberg and her new book, Lean In. I am less interested in the book itself (which I read, though quickly) than I am in all the conversation around the book.  I really can’t figure out what I think about the whole […]

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Don’t Forget to Spring Forward!

It’s that time of the year again! Time to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed tonight for the start of Daylight Savings Time. The bad news: You’re going to lose an hour of sleep, unless you get under the covers earlier than normal. The good news: You’ll still have some daylight left once you leave […]

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A *Good* Story About an Airline

It seems like most of the news (not to mention tweets and facebook status updates) about airlines these days is negative. So, I was happy to read this story about an airline that held a plane for a passenger on his way to see his ill mother before she passed away. The passenger’s first flight was delayed and he would […]

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There’s a Sinkhole in My Head

We’ve all been thinking a lot about sinkholes this week, because of everything that’s happening in Florida, suddenly the sinkhole capital of the world.  And the more I thought about sinkholes, the more I realized that I have sinkholes all over my life. To wit: 1. Sinkhole next to the phone in the kitchen. That’s where the unsigned, green high school athletic […]

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National Day of Unplugging: Turn Off Your Gadgets for 24 Hours

Back in January, Kathleen posted about a family who lives completely tech-free. Now, given the fact that my job is almost exclusively based on the internet (and I like Twitter and Instagram quite a lot), I could never go tech-free full time. Instead, I try to unplug from time to time. The last time I did so, was the weekend […]

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Easy Activity to Entertain Kids in Waiting Rooms

I love this idea from Tot Treasures for these easy-t0-make activity sticks that will keep your kids busy while waiting for a table at a restaurant or in the waiting room at a doctor’s office. And all it takes to make them is a trip to the office supply store. You’ll need: – a pencil case or pouch – an […]

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Watching the Red Carpet with Kids via Entertainment Weekly

One of our colleagues over at Entertainment Weekly’s blog the Family Room, Christina Kelly, recently posted a piece about watching the Oscars red carpet coverage with her kids and the challenge of “behaving” when it comes to remarks about celebrity appearences. Because, as Kelly explains, eventually everything is repeated. To read the full article, click here. Great advice for all parents to keep in mind! More on […]

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MAKERS Documentary: 177 Inspiring Women

Last night, I did something I rarely do—I sat down and watched three full hours of television. I tuned in to the first airing of MAKERS a documentary about the “women who make America,” a joint production between PBS and AOL. It was so fascinating to me to see stories about so many firsts for women: the first woman to […]

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