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Charting the puzzles and peeves of kid-herding — from Huggies to homework, Pilates to pinatas.

  • Raising a First-Person Shooter
    April 7, 2018
    ‘Fortnite’ Video Game Blowing Holes in My Anti-Gun Policy The hypocrisy of my life is corroding my insides, and confession is…
  • Theater Kids Save the World
    April 7, 2018
    Drama Class Prepares Students to Lead a Revolution Everyone who’s been to high school knows it: Jocks top the student hierarchy.…
  • Rooting Against Your Kids
    March 10, 2018
    Yes, Sometimes We Do Want Them to Fail There’s tough-love parenting, and then there’s just “tough luck, kid!” Wisconsin GOPSenate candidate Kevin…
  • High Sobriety
    October 22, 2017
    Memories of a Drunk Dad, Gone Dry When I was a little girl, my dad was more fun than anyone I knew.…
  • Exes Co-Parenting in Peace?
    October 22, 2017
    Starshine Surveys the Pros and Cons of Sharing Kids I like to think of myself as fairly magnanimous. Generous of spirit.…


Sex, politics, fashion and everything else a gen-X everygal loves to dish about.

  • Speaking with the Enemy?
    March 10, 2018
    Chatting Up Christian Gun Owners 'The Benham Bros.'  Much has been sermonized about the incivility of modern American discourse: We’re…
  • This Is Not Your Parents’ Sex
    March 10, 2018
    Women Share Stories About Sex After 50 Nobody wants to think about their parents having sex. Or their parents’ friends. Or,…
  • #Me … NotSoMuch?
    March 10, 2018
    Confessions of a Last-Wave Feminist Ladies, I gotta come clean. From the first time I saw it on a social media…
  • Will I Marry You? Why Knot
    January 21, 2018
    Reverend Starshine Reporting for Duty Only two men have ever seriously asked me to marry them, and I said yes to…
  • Safe Table Talk for the Holiday Season
    January 21, 2018
    Conversing Peacefully with Your Family at Thanksgiving It’s been quite a year, folks. Hell, it’s been quite a week. In the…

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Keep Your Skirt On
Wife on the Edge
Broad Assumptions
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