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Such fantastic suggestions. I love the idea of giving them something a little heavy to carry.

5 months ago on 13 Ways to Make Grocery Shopping with Kids Less Torturous. Or maybe even fun.


Great idea... I need to try this.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on 3-2-1 Calm Down


So cool... both the hair and the song. 

3 years, 1 month ago on Laissez <em>Hair</em>: Three Minute No-Heat Curls


Wow. You really did have an amazing year! ~Sue

3 years, 3 months ago on 2011 the Home-Ec 101 Retrospective


Hmmm... rather interesting. Alaska being high in single men makes sense.

3 years, 4 months ago on Infographic: Statistics on Singles By State


I think "About" pages on blogs should almost always be in the first person.

3 years, 4 months ago on How to Write an Irresistible Blog Bio


An insightful, important post Jay. Thanks for sharing your thoughts so openly and honestly.

Yes, our online personas are different than the people we allow our inner circle to see - but that is a natural filtering that is appropriate and present in most aspects of life. Some details are private and intimate.

Having said that, as a blogger I reveal some of my private struggles and I am starting to do more so. I have been afraid of people judging me when they find out I am not as "perfect" as I may appear to be online. Now that I am shedding some of those illusions, I feel much more free and connected to my readers and online friends.

I don't believe that in Trey's situation that it was a case of social media leaving him alienated - rather Trey demonstrated how important and real his social media friends were to him. But clearly, Trey's personal issues and mental struggles were so overpowering that no one could save him.

I have a feeling that Trey's social media friends were one of his greatest comforts and sources of strength. Obviously they were "with" him until the end -- as seen by his tweet. He knew he was loved and it wasn't enough. With depression and mental illness all the love in the world sometimes can't save someone.

3 years, 7 months ago on Social Media, Pretend Friends, and the Lie of False Intimacy