water depletion

the issue no one is talking about-warring over water and water depletion

A 2012 report from the director of National Intelligence warned that within 10 years “many countries important to the United States will experience water problems … that will risk instability and state failure…” and cited the possible “use of water as a weapon or to further terrorist objectives.” That’s right, …

kid screaming in store
DisciplineHouseholdParenting FailsParenting Styles

When saying NO to your kids becomes an endurance event

On a recent Saturday morning, just a few short weeks after Christmas, I had this conversation with my 5-year-old: Me: I’m running out to get some dog food and bird seed. Him: Can I come with you? Me: Yes, you can come. However, you are not getting anything. No toys. …

si model
FeminismSex and Sexuality

Dear America~size 12 is not plus sized, it’s average

I woke up this morning inundated with more media coverage of this “plus sized” model. Ugh. This isn’t even something I’d normally write or care about, but for reason, it’s really grinding my gears. Have you seen the new cover? Don’t get me wrong, she’s quite beautiful. Unfortunately I had …

anti vaccine movement
Parenting FailsParenting StylesPseudoscience

9 things I wish the anti-vaccine parents would admit

Generally, I love a debate. But as I get older, I no longer debate guns or vaccines. Those are two topics that I stay away from, just to save my own sanity. But today, I don’t know, something moved me. I wasn’t going to write about this. Then we had …

ActivismSpecial Needs

getting involved in special education lobbying and advocacy~ESEA re-authorization in 2015?

What if I told you that there might be a bill in Congress this year…a bill that might increase a school’s options when it comes to using restraints and seclusion, and decreased their accountability in doing so? Good, now that I have your attention, keep reading. Most special needs parents …

reducing stress during the holidays
Special Needs

Managing Your Special Needs and Non-Religious Family at the Holidays

Ho ho ho…the holidays are here! There was a time when I dreaded the holidays. We are atheist/agnostic in a family that has many fundamentalist Christians in it. As if dodging those questions and comments for years wasn’t enough….my first son was born with special needs so we need extra …

anti vaccine
ActivismHealthSpecial Needs

from anti-vaxer to vaccine advocate

This is something that I’ve been wanting to share for quite some time, just never had the motivation or purpose to do so. Quite frankly, I’m embarrassed by it, and I’ll get into that in a bit. I’m doing a blog improvement course and one of our writing prompts is …

person in tin foil hat

the CDC vaccines/autism/coverup theory {spoiler alert-it’s not true!}

Today is one of those “head exploding” days for me. It started last night when a friend, a friend that I consider to be intelligent and reasonable….first posted a link to a CNN article. Correction–it’s iCNN…which is VERY different. ANYONE can post ANYTHING there. You can, really. It’s a crowdsourcing …

baden powell service association

Baden-Powell Service Association~secular, inclusive scouting!

So this is super cool and something I’m really excited about. A few months ago, in one of the Facebook groups I’m in for moms in my area, one of them posted an invitation to get involved with a scouting troop she is starting. A secular scouting group. An all-inclusive …

white house egg roll
Special Needs

my second existential crisis this summer

Not really. Just a bad joke, I’m not terribly funny. Earlier this summer, I was invited to contribute to Skeptability. I did a whole two posts on there…until the Skepchick team realized that this is probably a better fit for me. Anyway, my first post on there was “Who Am …