What Do You Do When Your Teen Breaks the Law?

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By Carol Rood There are those people who value some laws above others.  People who think it is okay to break some laws, but not others.  And if we really get down to bras tacks, I speed pretty often, so I myself break the law on occasion.  But I am 48 years old and pay […]

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“I Don’t Have a Birthmark Because I Don’t Have a Dad”

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By Brandy Black “Do you and Mom have birthmarks? “Yes, we both do!” “Do my brother or sister have one?” “No, I don’t think any of you have one actually.” “I know why, because we don’t have a dad.”, my six-year-old daughter says calmly, “all my friends with dads have birthmarks.” “That’s not actually how […]

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An Open Letter Of Lament On Age And Fashion

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By Amber Leventry Dear Confidently Open Queer Female Sales Clerks at the Mall, I see the way you look at me. Not with the confusion of a less aware straight sales clerk, but with a look of pity. With my baseball cap on, short hair sticking out around my ears, you do not think I […]

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I’m Not a Father So Stop Acknowledging Me On Father’s Day

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By Amber Leventry To all of the great dads out there, I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day. I know some families without fathers celebrated moms or other guardians on Father’s Day even though they are not dads. They feel they play a role of both mother and father and they want to be […]

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Parenting With OCD and Perfectionism: I Have A Weed Problem

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By Amber Leventry I have a weed problem. I also have an impatient and insatiable desire to cross things off of a to-do list. Fine, let’s get back to the weed problem. I’m not talking about the weed you smoke or throw into brownie batter; I am referring to the weeds that infiltrate my lawn […]

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Proud of Pride

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By: K. Pearson Brown The 2014 PRIDE LA Music & Arts Festival held June 6-9 in West Hollywood Park delivered on the promise of its promoters, Christopher Street West, that the event would feature “something for everyone.”  A centerpiece of the festival was Thunderground, an outdoor rollerskating rink complete with a light show and mirror […]

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How Honest Are We On Social Media?

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By Carol Rood I am blessed with a few very good friends.  I also have lots of friends I interact with every day thanks to Social Media.  Of course, just like everyone else, I interact with some more than others. I think Facebook is interesting.  Everyone always wants to brag about their kids’ accomplishments, and […]

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New Children’s Book Depicts Two Gay Princes Marrying

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A new children’s book featuring same-sex marriage has been written by business professor Jeffrey Miles at the University of the Pacific. The Princess and the Treasure is a story of two princes out to save a princess, but end up falling in love with each other. They get married and live happily ever after. “With the […]

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The Road to Parenthood is Not Always Straight: Part One

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By Amber Leventry Every mom has a unique and memorable birth story for each of their children. But before every birth story is a conception story. Some women and couples are able to conceive a child with ease. Others need time and patience. Some face the heartbreak of a miscarriage. We needed fertility help. Having […]

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Spotlight Series: Amber and Amy

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TNF: Tell me about your family. Are you married? AMBER: My partner, Amy, and I have three children. We have a three-year-old daughter and twin ten-month-old boys. We also have a Golden Retriever who is almost two, so it feels like we have four kids. On our best days we feel like we are balancing a […]

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