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Packing heat in a handbag: Why I don’t want a gun.

Packing heat in a handbag: Why I don't want a gun.
In the aftermath of the Aurora Theatre tragedy, there is lots of conversation about guns. The usual gun control debate is being rehashed like old episodes of MASH that you can recite every line of before they are spoken. However this time I’m seeing people I know talking about their own guns (what? you have a gun?), or the guns they might now go and get (really?), but most scary to me is the... 
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Marissa Mayer: Can a young, good-looking blonde mother be a good CEO?

Marissa Mayer: Can a young, good-looking blonde mother be a good CEO?
Less than 24 hours after the announcement that Marissa Mayer has been made CEO of Yahoo came even bigger, more scandalous news: Her uterus works, and it will be producing a child in October. Well, the stories began, and hackles were raised. A public company being led by a young person who is a woman was one thing, but a woman who actually looks really pretty (come on, you thought it), is blonde (let’s... 

Aurora Theatre: Media’s responsibility to the land of the free

Aurora Theatre: Media's responsibility to the land of the free
Media are having a field day. The adage ‘if it bleeds it leads’ has seen the too familiar story of a ‘crazed killer’ performing a ‘senseless’ act equipped with ‘firearms obtained legally’. This is mainstream media GOLD. James E. Holmes’ smiling, normal, American face is plastered over media about 10 times more frequently than those of his victims... 

Who said you could turn 21, kid?

Who said you could turn 21, kid?
When you have a baby, the only thing you’re thinking about is baby stuff. Tiny clothes that fit into tiny drawers and massive bags that make you into a pack mule any time you leave the house. (How can such a small person demand such an amazing amount of luggage?) At a stretch you register them in pre-school, or in big school if you drive a LandRover and live somewhere posh. And then suddenly,... 
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I swabbed positive for explosives and got a patdown by the TSA. Double win.

I swabbed positive for explosives and got a patdown by the TSA. Double win.
And I’m still waiting for them to call. Or send me flowers and chocolates. Or even ask for a follow-up pat down. No wonder people complain. School for the kids is finally out for the summer, which gives me a chance to reflect over some special moments. I spent hours completing a bit of a science experiment growing crystals with Charlie. Well, he did the work – I just harassed him over... 

Does IRL still mean what you think it does?

Does IRL still mean what you think it does?
For years it’s been common to refer to IRL (in real life) as the alternative to online. Phrases such as “I’d love to meet IRL” were grounded in ages-old (in internet years) communications on forums and early bulletin boards. It’s used as much today as it was then, but I find myself using it less and less as a way of differentiating between online and offline. Today our... 
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A church by any other name

A church by any other name
Some people say church is out of date. Numbers of people in church are declining, and so many think it’s because the baggage of traditional ideas of “what church is” are a large part of the reason why. Those old-school notions of church (and I guess, of religion) are supported by repeated media reporting of negativity and failing, and of people’s fear of cults, sects and …... 
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Helping teens grieve, and how to understand your own grief too

Helping teens grieve, and how to understand your own grief too
Navigating your own personal challenges of grief is hard enough, but when your teenager is faced with it, you might feel more lost than you could imagine. No matter how long you’ve been a parent, this is never going to be a course taken easily. People all respond to grief differently. And if you’re grieving too, it’s even tougher. This week my family is trying to navigate this ourselves,... 

The easiest and most impressive cake you’ll ever make

The easiest and most impressive cake you'll ever make
Over the last year I have taken all four of the Wilton cake decorating courses. I love to make sugar flowers, make cupcakes and cakepops – all the stuff that make people happy and fat. It’s my release; my creative outlet. My pal Shari posted a picture on my Facebook wall this week of a cake with M&Ms all over it, inviting me to make it. (She knows I’m addicted to M&Ms –... 
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The one where the PR asked “What bra size are you?” and gave me wine

The one where the PR asked
Most of us have been fitted for a bra at one time or another. And let’s face it, most of us have been a little traumatised by the experience. When you’re a teen in bloom you get some spinsterish nightmare who seems to think a 16th century slingshot is an appropriate first bra, but then when you get older and gravity, children and life laughingly makes your boobs relocate to the region of your body... 
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Mediamum’s Cake Pops tutorial, with troubleshooting!

Mediamum's Cake Pops tutorial, with troubleshooting!
Cake Pops are one of the most popular things to come from my kitchen. I really enjoy making them, and while they can take a little time, the results are absolutely worth it. They last longer than normal cakes, due to the candy coating, and you can individually wrap them, making them portable and less of an issue for groups to distribute (bake sales, birthdays, etc). Here’s how: 1. Make a cake... 

The Cat’s Pajamas – Boulder’s Bear Creek Elementary educates the entire person

The Cat's Pajamas - Boulder's Bear Creek Elementary educates the entire person
My youngest, Charlie, is 11 years old, (going on 42). He’s the youngest of four children, with attitude, experience and confidence that far exceed his years. After all, the child remembers life in not only two schools, but two countries. When he counts his money (as most kids do), he has to separate the currencies first, and it’s not only two. (We’ve had to renew our US visas in Canada,... 
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