January 21, 2008


Good advice, beautifully said, as usual, by doc.

"To me the best of blogging isn’t measured by influence, popularity, traffic or the money that measurement of those bring in the from advertising. In fact, I’m not sure what makes blogging good is measurable at all. That’s because what makes makes blogging good is nothing more than being interesting, useful or both...

"What makes a snowball roll is not influence. It’s participation. Barns are not raised by neighbors in thrall of “A-list” farmers. They are raised by people who know how to build barns, and who know and work with the farmer who needs the barn."

I want to go too, Tyler.

"Watched "I Have A Dream" with my 4-year-old this afternoon. He wanted to know when he could go to the mountaintop." -- Denise Howell



damn, huh. that was 2002.

(...and one promised to quit, but never did.)

fracture, shatter, disunity, dismay.

i see your nostalgia and raise you some sadness.


What's in a name?

Kind of makes you hope Yahoo's name means what it stands for - You Always Have Other Options. 'Memba that?


Body Drama - A Mothertalk Book Review

Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers, by Nancy Redd, is one of the best books so far George and I have seen covering the bodily changes and concerns of girls and young women going through the transitional period of puberty and beyond--far beyond.

Not all of it is appropriate to share with our daughter right now--she's only ten. But if you have a ten-year-old girl today, you know what I'm saying. The time to get educated on how to healthily help her through the coming transition is Right Now.

Some of the information in this book not only appropriate for a ten-year-old, but in fact, necessary. What's necessary for our daughters and sisters to see in this book is the truly remarkable range of beauty in all of its shapes and forms, in the photographs and in the text. Body Drama celebrates our differences--the unique physical forms of women large and small, short and tall, every hue, hair type, skin type - we're all represented in this book.

That is what struck me most about the book, and why my husband said, yes, Jenna's old enough to see this -- in fact she has to see it because she's in it! It is the antithesis of a picture book of pasty-thin, pasty-skinned models. It celebrates real young women. It tackles the issues of being a young woman in a changing body in an honorable way, not in Disney-Channel-Perfect terms.

A welcome addition to books we have to share with our daughter on what's starting to happen to her body, Body Drama might be a bit of a shock if you're not used to seeing real women with real bodily features like cellulite, paunchy stomachs, full thighs, etc., on the printed page. But the full color, up close pictures of women's bodies both inside and out are something I'm glad to have on our bookshelf. Because this book really does celebrate our non-sameness, the magnificence and amazing variations in features and forms that is our "body drama."

Got a daughter? Get ready for the body drama.