Archive for July 2014

Privacy tips from Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess

Jenny Lawson, a.k.a. the Bloggess, spoke about privacy at the BlogHer ’14 conference. Her keynote was not billed as a speech about privacy. In fact, I’m not sure she ever even used the word “privacy.” Still, in describing her own writing process she listed a series of privacy tips that are good practice for anyone writing... Read more »

The Selfie of Dorian Gray

This weekend I’m at BlogHer ’14, and the theme is #selfiebration. This is a selfie-themed bit of Fiction Friday flash fiction although it is rather the opposite of the vibe being celebrated at BlogHer. It was inspired by this tweet: *book cover* RT @GWest_13: The selfie of Dorian Grey #HipsterBooks pic.twitter.com/Dbj5fvzQon — darth™ (@darth) April... Read more »

Thank you to my sponsor: My husband

I’m going to the BlogHer ’14 conference in San Jose this weekend. I am incredibly grateful to my husband whose sponsorship makes this possible. My husband is not my financial sponsor. He and I contribute close to the same amount to our household income. We put most of our money in joint accounts to cover... Read more »
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Social media makes me feel like a mother again

Social media makes me feel like a mother again
Today I am proud to share a guest post by my mom, Jaloo Zelonis. I graduated from high school, went to college, got a job, got married and raised a family long before the Internet became available or social media became popular. For most of my adult life, I was geographically separated from my mother,... Read more »

The Little Bunny Who Said Yes, A Fable for Grown-Ups

The Little Bunny Who Said Yes, A Fable for Grown-Ups
There once was a little bunny who liked to say “Yes.” Do you want to go to the park? Yes. Do you want to get some food? Yes. Can you help with this puzzle? Yes. Her friend warned the little bunny that too many Yeses can be trouble. The little bunny didn’t listen. The Yeses... Read more »

The Internet's Own Boy: A movie everyone online should see

The Internet’s Own Boy is a documentary about computer prodigy, Internet pioneer, and activist hacker Aaron Swartz, but even if you’ve never heard of Aaron Swartz you should see this movie. The story has implications beyond the short life of one man. Through the passion, drama, and tragedy of Aaron Swartz’s life The Internet’s Own... Read more »
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Date Night

“Look at those two.” “Who?” “The couple on the bench. Young love.” “I don’t know about young.” “Maybe not ‘young love’ but new love anyway.” “How can you tell?” “Just look at them. They clearly like each other, but they don’t know what to say. They’re awkward.” “It’s doomed.” “Don’t be so negative.” “Maybe, but... Read more »

Video: "A Working Mom's Confession" from Listen to Your Mother

Video: "A Working Mom's Confession" from Listen to Your Mother
I had the privilege of being in the 2014 Chicago cast of Listen to Your Mother. It was an incredible one performance only show, but those of you who weren’t there can now have the second best thing. Videos from this year’s LTYM shows are now available on the Listen to Your Mother YouTube channel.... Read more »

Work-life balance is an over-simplification

Work-life balance is an over-simplification
When people talk about work-life balance they are usually talking about how much time a woman spends working on her career versus spending time with her family. One imagines a two-sided scale with family on one side and job on the other. If you don’t have enough time for one side you move it from... Read more »
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Aim and Shoot

I’m feeling anxious. I can’t sit around here any more. I’ve got to get out of here. I want to shoot somebody. That’s it. I’m going. It’s been too damn long. I walk to the park. There are too many people around. I’m not up for that level of attention. I wander down a side... Read more »