Jenny Erikson


Jenny Erikson is a conservative chick with a strong opinion and a smart mouth. Sometimes sassy, sometimes sincere, always honest. She believes that ingenuity, elbow grease, and sheer determination can accomplish anything -- even motherhood.

Jenny also blogs at, and she lives in Southern California with her two daughters.

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    You know how Angelina Jolie has had an on again, off again relationship with her father Jon Voight over the years? Well it seems that they are very seriously on the outs these days, as he wasn't even invited to her very intimate wedding ceremony with Brad Pitt in France last weekend.

    Dang, I know a lot of brides these days question whether or not to let their dads walk them down the aisle, but to not even have him in attendance? It seems pretty harsh, Angie. And to top it off? Voight didn't even know about the nuptials until the news broke to the rest of the world.

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    It's that time of year again. It's hotter than ever at the tail end of August, so it's time for 50,000-plus artsy, party-going types to gather in the Nevada desert for the Burning Man festival. It's a gathering centered around free love, community, and lots and lots of art, and while it may be hotter than blazes (usually -- this rain heavy rain storms delayed the event), it's supposed to be a really good time.

    Tragically, it didn't end so well for one artist in attendance. 29-year-old Alicia Louise Cipicchio was killed at Burning Man on Thursday, after being struck by a bus near Center Camp in Black Rock City, the temporary city constructed every year for the event. She was a manager at an art gallery in Jackson, Wyoming, and is said to have loved the outdoors.

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    And now in news that will twist your heart and cause tears to well up in your eyes ... a pediatric nurse in Southern California has been charged with one of the most horrific crimes you can imagine.

    50-year-old Michael William Lutts has been accused of molesting the 2-month-old preemie baby boy he took home to foster. Investigators are turning to the public to find more potential victims, while Lutts pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday to a charge of sexually abusing a child.

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    There are some very upset parents this week, as one school has suggested a mindfulness technique to deal with bullying. Riversdale School in New Zealand has incited the ire of several Christian parents by tossing around the idea of implementing a controversial program during the school day that involves students reflecting on their "thoughts and emotions in a natural and calm state and in the present moment."

    Apparently the technique has Buddhist ties, so obviously it will not do. The education ministry reported that at least five parents had complained about the proposal, and they were working with the school and the parents to make sure everything is dealt with appropriately.

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    Polygamy is legal in Utah again! And there was much rejoicing in the Brown household, as the Sister Wives can finally put their battle with the law to rest and just enjoy life in polygamous unity.

    Federal judge Chuck Waddoups issued a final ruling on Wednesday in Utah's infamous polygamy case instigated by the openly polygamous Brown family, who star on the TLC reality show Sister Wives. The family sued in 2011 when the state threatened to come after them for violating cohabitation laws by living as husband and wife and wife and wife and wife, even though only one wife is legally wed to Cody Brown.

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