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My daughter was in the second grade when I started writing this blog (back in 2003). This year, she will graduate from high school. I have been struggling to come up with a new name for the blog, since I get way too many pitches for diapers and toys and other items my newly-minted adult daughter doesn’t need any longer, but  all the variations on “empty nest” and “midlife transition” seem to be taken.

Besides, I’ve been “SoCal Mom” for so long, I am afraid no one will know who I am – there, “SoCal Mom” I remain. For now.

Justin Bieber’s Mom

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Justin Bieber’s Mom

In which I reveal how little I know about Justin Bieber, or his mom. We bloggers get pitches. Most are woefully untargeted (I know a PR person hasn’t bothered to read my blog when he or she sends me information on baby bottles and diaper bags). Some are wildly ridiculous (pitches for sex toys, surgery and hemorrhoid cream come to mind). And every so often, I will receive a pitch that makes me go “Wha…?” This one came in last week, and at first glance, it was appropriate: an online magazine for parents of teenagers. I...

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Musings on Friday the 13th

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Musings on Friday the 13th

When I worked at the Tonight Show, I could count on Johnny doing a series of jokes about phobias every Friday the 13th. That’s how I know that the word for fear of that date is triskaidekaphobia. It’s amazing the things you remember after 25 years. Of course, I started the day by oversleeping — which meant that my daughter also did not get up on time, because alarms aren’t enough to make it to that 7:00 AM “0″ period. We need to go through a routine that consists of me turning on a light in her room and...

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My Daughter’s Cheap Wireless Smartphone: One Month Later

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My Daughter’s Cheap Wireless Smartphone: One Month Later

Last month, I shared my bemused frustration with my daughter, who did not want to give up her old “dumb phone” for an Android model with a lot more functionality. I think she was just worried that a smartphone would be too expensive. Walmart Family Mobile’s cheap wireless plan really gave us the incentive to try the service out. At the time, I told her the myTouch was just a trial (there’s no contract involved, so we can cancel service any time we want). We kept her old number on her old phone, but if she liked the new...

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Irons in the Fire

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Irons in the Fire

Where did the phrase “too many irons in the fire” come from? A couple of days ago, I wrote in my status update on Facebook that I was feeling “cautiously optimistic.” That is because after years of suffering borderline depression over living in a borderline Depression (or a “jobless recovery,” or whatever you want to call it), my Inbox is buzzing with new opportunities. None of them have actually become a reality yet. But something has changed: I look at the future and I see options. And HOPE. I’ve...

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Wordless Wednesday: Infamy

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Wordless Wednesday: Infamy

On this day twelve years ago, my daughter was in kindergarten. Today, she is a senior in high school. Our world changed that bright, sunny day in 2001. My daughter cannot remember a time when we were not at war in the Middle East. I’m sad for all the people who died that day. I’m sad for all the people who have died fighting the people who were responsible for the attack and for the people who were sent to a second war that we had no business starting. I’m sad for all the people who have been deployed again and again and...

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My MOM Confession

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My MOM Confession

I have a MOM confession to make: I am a TV addict. OK, maybe that’s not much of a secret. It’s not even something I am all that ashamed of. I guess it’s not that much of a confession, is it? Now that the Fall season is imminent, I will soon be lost to my family, as I immerse myself in all the networks’ new offerings. I have purchased a hard copy edition of TV Guide and am circling around the ones I hope will be my next go-to programs for laughs and entertainment. One of the shows I have the highest hopes for is a...

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Books and Artists in DTLA

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Books and Artists in DTLA

We spent yesterday afternoon walking around downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). This is something my husband I do often, with cameras in tow so we can photograph the place, while admiring the vibrant community that has grown there over the last decade. We didn’t take many pictures yesterday. I wasn’t especially keen to go this weekend. It has been hotter than hell the last couple of weeks; a situation I’ve been dealing with by getting all my errands finished as early as possible in the morning (while the temp in only in the 80s),...

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New Project: The Agents of Zeitgeist

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New Project: The Agents of Zeitgeist

The Agents of Zeitgeist is my latest project: a second podcast (on the MOMocrats BTR channel) devoted to all things pop culture — but mostly about television. Podcasting is something I fell into almost by accident, through my association with the MOMocrats. And much to my surprise: I’m kind of good at it. I think my early work experience in radio was good training (because if anything, I learned how to write a script for the intro and commercial breaks). The rest is pretty easy, so long as I surround myself with smart, funny women...

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My Moment on the Million Second Quiz

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My Moment on the Million Second Quiz

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Fun things happened this week. A couple of days ago, a fan on the MOMocrats Facebook page sent us this screenshot, from the app associated with that Million Second Quiz game show that NBC is promoting:   As someone who enjoys playing trivia games, this just tickles me to no end. I also play with this app because the questions are so easy I had no trouble qualifying to be a contestant on the show. But if I had gotten this one, I probably would have failed to answer in the allotted five seconds, because I...

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Wordless Wednesday: March on Washington Edition

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Wordless Wednesday: March on Washington Edition

You’ll find an excellent roundup of material on both the historic march and today’s event over at MOMocrats, including this morning’s MOMochat podcast.   Related articles A Dream Deferred: Minimum Wage Higher in 1963 Than It Is Today Wordless Wednesday:Coming Clean (Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Summer Eating Meet the Press Features Romney in ‘I Have a Dream’...

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