I dated a guy who did that to his first wife, and their three kids. Lied on his resume, got a big job in a tech company. But when he got fired, he continued to pretend to go to work, then told her they were paying to send him to grad school when he realized some ex-coworkers were about to out him. Kept it going for… » 7/31/14 2:38pm Yesterday 2:38pm

My family loves roast chicken and turkey. It's a Sunday tradition. But now I have to wrangle it out of the pan without my carving fork bc that damn thing gives me the willies. Burn a girl to death, I can still sleep. Torch off a tat, pretty gruesome but I still watched it. But you take an innocent household item to… » 7/29/14 11:48am Tuesday 11:48am

Amen. My kids weren't escape artists, but I know kids who figured out locks and wandered out at night just because they could. Their parents have never recovered from the shock. You never realize what a child is learning, until they demonstrate that crazy knowledge. I turned my cousin's car on at three and ran down… » 7/28/14 12:20am Monday 12:20am

the idea that marriage is "work" is not popular, even though it is reality. I think that most people grow and mature over time, and the trick is to communicate so you grow in the same direction, or are aware of the resulting change in your partner so you can adjust to it. Life is not static, but a good marriage can… » 7/25/14 11:52pm 7/25/14 11:52pm

My local store is amazing, and they take electronics recycling year-round. If you need shelves/cabinetry for a basement or workshop, this is the first place to go. Also a lot of dishes and glassware, which is odd but still fun to sort through. » 7/25/14 8:43pm 7/25/14 8:43pm

this was beautiful, and honest, and amazing. Thank you for sharing your story, and for fighting through to be here with us. Another commenter referenced adoption as part of your story. I hope that you are able to become a parent, bc nothing tethers you to this crazy world like children, and you have so much to share… » 7/25/14 12:10am 7/25/14 12:10am

My children have my last name. I adopted them as a single woman, although Midwesternman was with me on both journeys. When we married and he adopted, his name was tucked in. I filled out too many forms and fought too many battles on my way to parenthood to let my name slip away. » 7/19/14 8:59pm 7/19/14 8:59pm