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One Satellite Sisters’ Guide to Staying Friends with your Sister

One Satellite Sisters’ Guide to Staying Friends with your Sister

I am lucky to have four big sisters that I adore. We live in 5 different cities in three different states. We cover a lot of different demos in our personal and professional lives: married, single, divorced; kids; no kids; apartment-dwellers; homeowners; dog lovers; allergic to dogs; teachers; nurses; executives; grandmothers; aunts, conservatives; moderates; liberal; [...]

Ten Things to Read, Watch or Listen to This Tuesday

Ten Things to Read, Watch or Listen to This Tuesday

Consider this post a Curated Media Guide for Fall. Or, just consider it another list of Enjoyable Things to read, watch or listen to as the days get cooler, the leaves turn and you spend more time inside than out. Sound good? Here goes: Aryton Senna, the last driver to be killed on track in [...]

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 430, The Cleava and Coach Taylor & Jason Katims wins an Emmy

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 430, The Cleava and Coach Taylor & Jason Katims wins an Emmy

Hi, all… A quick Sunday night post. The boys have turned on Top Gear… so I decided to retreat to my office for a few minutes to catch up on Chaos Chronicles Podcast 430, the Cleava and Coach Taylor. I  promised the link to  Chaos Crew regular/Navy Wife/Mom of Four/Parent Coach Erin’s review of the [...]

Institutionalized Snacking, Part 2: Forbes & New Study Agree on How Youth Sports Makes Kids Fat

Institutionalized Snacking, Part 2: Forbes & New Study Agree on How Youth Sports Makes Kids Fat

Cranky SportsMom rides again! Thanks to Chaos Crew member Annie G from Calistoga for sending along this link to a piece on Forbes.com about Youth Sports and the creeping obesity of Snacking by Bob Cook, fellow anti-snacking advocate and sports dad . Annie wanted me to know that there is a new study called the [...]

Random Thoughts on Contagion, Gwynneth Paltrow and Germaphobes

Random Thoughts on Contagion, Gwynneth Paltrow and Germaphobes

Dear Steven Soderbergh, You don't scare me. I have Purell. Signed, Symptomatic in Pasadena This weekend, I went to see Contagion with my friend Susan. If you could see me now, you’d know I was making that “whoop, whoop, hands-in-the-air” motion because, “Whoop, whoop! Give it up for two moms getting out on a Saturday [...]

In Remembrance

In Remembrance

The sky was falling and streaked with blood I heard you calling me then you disappeared into the dust Up the stairs, into the fire Up the stairs, into the fire I need your kiss, but love and duty called you someplace higher Somewhere up the stairs into the fire May your strength give us [...]

Guest Post: Taming Midweek Madness in the Kitchen with Meal Planning

Guest Post: Taming Midweek Madness in the Kitchen with Meal Planning

notyourchurchcookbook.com Lian’s note: this week’s back to school guest blogger is Alison Anderson Holland, a mother/cook/writer/vegetarian who is also a Chaos Crew regular. Alison created notyourchurchcookbook.com to write about food and faith. Her delightful blog is filled with recipes like Zucchini Hotdish, so earthly sounding I want to cry… and eat. It’s a pleasure to [...]

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 429: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 429: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I recorded the new Chaos Chronicles Podcast in my post -First -Day -of -School – Dropoff -for- Both Kids euphoria. Listen and hear the joy in my voice. I had to dial back the audio settings because I was so enthusiastic in the opening. I love my kids, I love summer and I love when [...]

September Resolutions: My Back-to-School To Do List

September Resolutions: My Back-to-School To Do List

Cheers to the end of Summer and the fresh start of Fall It’s over, people. The summer official ends today– with Grilled Flank Steak and Portobello Mushrooms and delightful Green Tea Citrus Sangria. Then, it’s finally back to school for all tomorrow and back to work for me. I think we all get that Fresh [...]

Radical Parenting: 6 Things Every Teen Wishes Their Parents Knew

Radical Parenting: 6 Things Every Teen Wishes Their Parents Knew

I’m a big fan of Vanessa Van Petten and her website RadicalParenting.com . I’m Vanessa’s fan because she will take on any issue that affects kids in a genuine and fearless manner.  And I love this site because it’s written from the teen perspective to help parents understand them. ( How she corrals all those [...]