I am a mother, runner, wife, editor, and writer. My work has appeared in The New York Times, Parents, Parenting, Runner's World, and many other publications over the years. I also make a mean margarita and run races (everything from 5Ks to marathons).
I live outside of New York City with my husband, two kids (Sam, 6, and Alan, 4), a corpulent cat, and a chihuahua with emotional issues.
Twitter and stars of MTV's Teen Mom just don't mix. It's a fact we see again and again with Jenelle Evans, Amber Portwood, and even Maci Bookout. These dramas on social media play out badly and always end up making the tweeter look stupid. Gary Shirley, Portwood's baby daddy and ex-fiance, is just the latest.
Last week, he aired ALL his dirty laundry with an ex-girlfriend on Twitter and it was ugly, indeed. But hey, at least it wasn't Amber this time, right?
His new girlfriend Kristina apparently cheated (according to Gary) as he tweeted:
The face of an angel spotted in the wreckage from the Twin Towers on September 11 is giving hope to so many people. This, along with the "chorus of angels" heard singing from Ground Zero, is the stuff of miracles and would almost make a believer out of any of us.
What do you see in the photo?
For most of us, September 11 is a painful day full of sadness and heartbreak. Each year, on the anniversary, we take the time to remember each of the souls lost on that horrible day, but if you believe in any kind of life after death or even that terrible events permanently scar our world, then why wouldn't 9/11 qualify as such an event? Why wouldn't those we lost that day leave a reminder of their violent, untimely deaths? See below:
When Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein partnered in 2007 to create The Business of Being Born, they empowered thousands of women to make better birth choices and to not feel afraid to defy convention when it came to their bodies and health. Now they are back again, producing Breastmilk, a new film directed by Dana Ben-Ari that explores the politics and drama woman go through AFTER the birth when it comes time to breastfeed.
The film will premiere around the country in the spring of 2014, but will be shown this coming weekend at DOC in New York City. It centers on the challenges real women face when they go from being women to breastfeeding mothers. Following more than 10 different women on their quest to breastfeed, there are a wide range of experiences and expectations in the film.
It's a must-see for any woman who plans on breastfeeding. Both Ben-Ari and Epstein sat down with The Stir and answered questions about the film. See below:
Two planes collided at 12,000 feet near the Richard I. Bong Airport in Superior, Wisconsin yesterday. The planes, which were full of skydivers, burst into flames and one plane lost its wings. It sounds like all the making of a disaster and yet what actually happened is even more shocking.
They are all fine. Yes, you read that right. All of the passengers and even the pilots were able to successfully jump from the plane and land without major injury. It is nothing short of a miracle.
Apparently all of the five divers in one plane and the four in the others were getting ready for the jump, so most were able to just go right away. One was pinned, but managed to make the jump a minute later and one pilot managed to escape using an emergency parachute while the other found a way to safely land his aircraft (after pulling it out of a dive. Wow. Just wow.
A Georgia father and stepmother have been charged with murder after the former called 9-1-1 and reported he was suicidal and that his 10-year-old daughter drank some kind of chemical and was dead. When police came to his home, they found the child's body in a garbage can where it had been badly burned.
The child was identified as Emani Moss while the father, Eman Moss, and the stepmother, Tiffany Moss, have both been charged with murder, cruelty to children, and concealing a body. Of course, that really explains nothing.