I met my husband at 18, got married at 23, and then worked (and played) hard for seven years before becoming a mom. It took us five months to like each other again after our daughter was born. I wish I'd known to expect that! At my day job I've labored in television news, print, and on the web, where I've helped launch many a blog, but I am most proud of this one — right here.
As for my kids, they crack me up. One of them recently picked up a phone, looked me sternly in the eyes, and said, "Shhh mommy, I am on a very important work call!" At least I know they're listening to me.
The stories coming out of Moore, Oklahoma today, in the wake of the devastating tornado that blew through there yesterday, are heartbreaking at every turn. There is just so much lost. But when I saw Barbara Garcia find her dog, live on-air, while being interviewed about how she rode out the storm ... I just cried. Barbara had a plan. She lived through it. She thought little Bassie was lost.
Well mom -- you did tell us. You said, "One day you will thank me!" You told us that again and again and again. Little did you know, while you thought we were ignoring you, we heard each and every bit of guidance you dished out. We just weren't ready to accept that you might be right -- about any of it. We know now that all of the nagging heartfelt advice really did mean something. We can see that now. And yes, while it is slightly annoying -- we are learning to appreciate your wisdom. See for yourself ...
Writing posts every day, as we do here at The Stir, can get tricky ... especially when we tackle controversial topics. But you would be surprised at how even some of the most benign topics, like nursery rhymes for example, can get people all in a tizzy. And when people are in a tizzy -- whether they agree or disagree -- they show us their rage enthusiasm in their comments. So today, as we celebrate our 3rd birthday, we read to you some of the more passionate opinions to come from our posts. Check it out:
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has upset a lot of people over her new policy, forcing all employees back into an office. The thing is -- she isn't just saying you can't work from home anymore -- she is saying I don't trust you can adequately do your job from home. Not even one day a week from home. So get your commute back on and add a possible two to three hours to your day -- so you can have the honor of being employed by us. Or ... hit the road. Heartless? Our team at The Stir decided to talk it out. By Google Chat. Which is a great tool for remote employees ... but I guess one that Yahoo wouldn't be too keen to use. Here's what we have to say about it ...
The Brazil nightclub fire that has killed more than 220 people -- young people -- celebrating their last days of their summer vacation is just absolutely heartbreaking. I can't tear myself away from the coverage because I am just waiting hoping that someone will come on and tell us that initial reports were wrong. Deep down inside I know that won't happen -- but I can't help but still hope for it.