Blogmas 2014: The First Posts of Blogmas

Blogmas 2014

It was the best of years, it was the worst of years… That pretty much sums up my blogging year for 2014. I wrote consistently and steadily and my traffic grew. People seem find me through a million different unexpected Google searches these days. As a result, some of my most popular posts this year were […]

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Indulgence and Deprivation

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Yes, it’s back. It’s Stream of Consciousness Sunday. Two things I’ve been missing in blogging lately: the ability to freely write and the sense of community. I had both of those when I hosted my weekly link-up, Stream of Consciousness Sunday. For those of you that have participated, starting next week, I’m bringing the link-up […]

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like BLOGMAS

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If you were sitting on pins and needles wondering if the Blogmas Awards were going to go the way of the retiring blog conferences, the wait is over. BLOGMAS HAS RETURNED!   In case this is your first experience with Blogmas, let me ‘splain. When I started blogging waaaaaay back in 2009, I had no […]

Explaining Depression to My Family

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If there was ever a diagnosis for non-specific symptoms, I could certainly be a case study. In fact, I recently made an appointment with a doctor to go over some of my ailments. The woman making the appointment asked me what I needed to see the doctor for. It would be so much easier if […]

For Those of You New to The World of Fadra

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I’m so stressed about the upcoming week. Not only am I continuing to tear apart every single drawer/cabinet/closet in my house in an attempt to live with less stuff but I’ve got a major project and several sponsored posts all due in the next two weeks. In addition to that, I’ve got two scheduled trips. […]

My Twist on Fan Fiction

Fan fiction is typically when an über fan of a popular and published piece of work (movie, book, TV show) extends the story by creating new fiction with the same characters and background. I’m not really sure how all that works legally but apparently some writers have been discovered as a result of their penned homages. […]

Is That All There Is?

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Songs show up in my iTunes library without my knowledge of how they got there. Songs like “Is That All There Is?” – a live performance of song Peggy Lee made famous in the early 60s. The version in my musical cabinetry is a live performance sung by Sandra Bernhard, the comedienne known for her […]

What’s Your Manly Preference: Furry Face or Clean Shaven? {Giveaway}

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Once upon a time, my husband grew facial hair. And it looked like this. To be fair, the goatee was quite the style at the time. I’m a self-admitted fan of the clean shaven look so I don’t remember what exactly possessed Sean to grow the hair. I think it was simply to see if […]

Listen to Your Mother – Baltimore Style

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Mother, do you think they’ll drop the bomb? Mother, do you think they’ll like this song? – Pink Floyd Though she was born a long, long time ago Your mother should know Your mother should know. – The Beatles Mother, mother There’s too many of you crying . – Marvin Gaye Mother knows best Listen […]

Game Day Giving

Why I’d Rather Lean In to Tina Fey Than Sheryl Sandberg

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Is there still a glass ceiling? Can women rise to the top? Can women in the workplace expect and demand equal working conditions? Yes, if you lean in. This idea is the foundation of Sheryl Sandberg’s first book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. As COO of Facebook, Sandberg is in a […]