"How the Rocky Horror Picture Show Changed the Way I Listened to Music" - Raised on the Radio
How could I not love this post? In case you missed it earlier this week, I wrote about my own relationship with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, otherwise known as "RHPS" or simply, "Rocky." This love letter to Rocky, written specifically about a theater where I personally tried to revive the RHPS stage show, is phenomenal. Enjoy!
"Lice is a Four Letter Word" - Bichin' Sisters
Not only is this post incredibly informative, it is utterly hysterical. We have so far avoided lice, but there's no knowing if we can keep up that streak indefinitely. If we ever do catch the bugs, you can bet this post will be my first line of defense- both for the advice and the justification to drink heavily.
"Teaspoons of Pureed Peas and Doubt" - Busy Since Birth
I can relate to every single word of this. To the self criticism, to the worry, and of course- the doubt. It's a long standing joke that parenting doesn't have a guidebook, that kids don't come with operating manuals. That there is no one right way to do things. So of course we attack ourselves, make ourselves miserable. Question ourselves. Cheryl expresses it perfectly. Go read it.
Mother Judger - Short Fat Dictator
On the other side of the motherhood coin, there's the judgement we pass on other mothers. The constant, unkind judgement. It's created from the same place- the same doubt. Once you've read Cheryl's post, read this one. And suddenly the whole "mommy wars" issue will be clear- a bunch of self conscious people terrified that maybe they're messing up.
I know Colleen. Well, I've met her. I've hung out with her, and she's amazing. I mean, truly. Here is a woman who is as dedicated as it is humanly possible to be to a cause- and her cause is victims of domestic violence. Here is a woman who is an amazing mother to two children- one with special needs. And on top of that, she is an INCREDIBLE writer. BlogHer Voices of the Year honoree. Yeah. She's one of a kind. And yes, she's no twig. What she is, is a phenomenal human being, who we should all be so lucky to have in our lives, forgiving us when we make mistakes and doing all the things she does so well.
"Adorable Little Girl Duets With Father Amidst Imaginary Fireworks" - Gawker
Need a few minutes of total stinkin' cuteness? Just go ahead and watch. I'll be over here.
"Two Moms Talk About Pertussis" - Double X Science
I love this blog. I love a female-centric science blog on principle. But this is a particularly important post. We're having a public health crisis- one that could be avoided with routine vaccinations. Kids are getting sick, very sick, and dying. And there is no reason for it.
"Sinead O'Connor's Remarkable Open Letter to Miley Cyrus" - Ourstage.com
I promise- this is the last you'll hear from me about Miley Cyrus and her recent experiments with overt sexuality and cultural appropriation. I hope Miley reads this. I hope somebody around her cares enough to ensure she has time to think about it. It's not the best letter in the world, but it's true. And sometimes, truth is hard to come by. Especially in show business.
"Dear Son, I Hope You Stay Soft" - Renegade Mothering
Janelle does it again. This isn't just a lovely post from a mother to her son. This is a piece of writing. Writing that is worth reading. Not the usual fluff we fill up our brains with a million times a day, this is the kind of writing that justifies the existence of blogs. This is why you should be reading anything.
"I Don't Want My Marriage Today" - Next Life NO Kids
This is one of those posts that's hard to read. Not just because Julie is one of the sweetest, most kick ass ladies the blogosphere has ever introduced me to, but because it is raw. It's all out there- honest, without pretense. All the difficult moments, the self doubt, the self blame, the pain of it. We can all see something of ourselves, of our dark moments here. And putting yourself out there in this way, well, it takes courage and strength. And that makes me confident that Julie is going to pull through this.
"Truly touching story..." - The Meta Picture
I cried. I'm crying again. I'm crying right now.
"Sneakers with pink ribbons. and frustrations" - Motherthoughts
It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but you probably knew that. And as aware as you are of breast cancer, are you aware of the many issues surrounding its treatment, care, and research? Do you know what "pink washing" means? Do you know how much the rate of breast cancer has gone down in the last forty years? Motherthoughts is writing posts all month about the other side of the Pink revolution. I highly encourage keeping up with her.