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10 Rarely-Mourned Reasons the World Is Worse Than Ever

It’s time for another break from the serious nature of most my posts. Global terrorism, threats of pandemic, phenomenally efficient weaponry, alarming political trends…sure, these things are distressing and important to all of us. But they get plenty of attention. Today I want to highlight a few of the often-overlooked–and just as important–reasons our world […]

10 Less-Obvious Things I Wish I Didn’t Have to Discuss with My Kids

I’m sure all parents, along with the rest of the adult population, would agree with me that life contains plenty of elements we wish we didn’t have to talk about with the young people in our lives. Beyond the topics that simply feel uncomfortable, there are so many things we wish didn’t exist at all. So to have to […]

10 Suggested Improvements for Social Media

To me social media are a decidedly mixed blessing. On the one hand, they allow us to connect with acquaintances who would have been long lost without the reach of electronic friendship. They bring us in contact with new friends, sometimes across the world. And as someone who communicates for a living, I appreciate that […]

Don’t Worry, I’ve Got Another Audiobook for You!

It’s Christmastime, and I’m in a giving mood! So it’s a good thing I have things to give away. After I announced the release of Troubled Minds in audiobook form, through, two weeks ago, I was surprised to learn that the audiobook for my new book, Anxious, just released as well. So I’m excited […]

10 Cultural Phenomena (from the Last 40 Years) That Are Gone Forever and Worth Remembering

So my kids are getting ready to go back to school, and for some reason the smell of new notebook paper and pulling out the backpacks makes me nostalgic. In hope of preserving of mutual memory, I bring you 10 things to remember from the last 40 years. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom This show […]

14 Signs of Spring at the Simpson House

This is how we know it’s spring around here . . . 1. It still looks and feels like winter. This year, a lot of people are complaining because last year it was about 80 degrees in March. I don’t understand this complaint–did the subsequent drought and record heat wipe your memory of all preceding […]

Guest Post: A Little Perspective from the Halls of Middle School

My daughter Cami, who is almost a teenager, graciously offered to write a guest post for my blog. She’s given us a humorous glimpse of life as a middle-school girl . . . and a little advice for the guys. As an almost-13-year-old, I know all about the dangers of life in middle school. The […]

14 Things I’ll Miss after the Mayan Apocalypse

Since we are only 18 days away from the Mayan Apocalypse–the much-publicized but ill-defined end of the world as we know it, I think it fitting to pause and pre-memorialize 14 things I will really miss afterward. Why 14? I really have no good reason. I am, of course, assuming I will be among the […]

TMI: Keep Your Eyeballs to Yourself

Last week at a school orchestra concert, I saw two moms engaged in a heated argument while the poor assistant principal tried to mediate. My husband, a school counselor, mediates these kinds of conflicts all the time–usually between moms, usually over a conflict that actually belongs to their kids. It reminded me of the time […]

How Vegetarians Love Our Neighbors

When I was eight, we spent part of a year living across a country road from a cattle feedlot. This was a plot of land dedicated to feeding a few thousand cattle. The cattle’s owners, mostly investors, kept them there on consignment so they could spend their short lives mostly standing around and eating. They […]

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