6510934443 8bd2942b79 m A new look, just in time for the party.

Gift © by asenat29

For six months or so I’ve been saying that I wanted to teach myself how to redesign this site. What I was really saying, of course, was “I probably never will do this, but I sure would like to.”

But then I met web goddess Casey J. Curtis at the Emerald City ComicCon. Don’t all the best stories begin with anecdotes like that?

Talking with her got me off my dime, finally, about the redesign. The timing was perfect: Today is the second anniversary of Surviving and Thriving. To thank you all for sticking with me, I’ve planned an anniversary-sized giveaway.


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4580981182 7f9d46068d m How much is the senior prom worth?

High School Prom © by Randy Kashka

Would you spend 6% (or more) of your gross annual income to send your teen to the prom? A survey by Visa Inc. indicated that families earning less than $20,000 per year planned to shell out $1,200 for the annual school dance.

I don’t know what’s scarier: The fact that parents are willing to do this or the fact that kids think it’s necessary.


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An Earth Day giveaway.

5679642883 24a2e905e0 m An Earth Day giveaway.

Earth - Illustration © by DonkeyHotey

An easy way to reduce your carbon footprint is to bring your own shopping bags. Let me make it easier still.

Here’s what the winner will receive:


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I am at war with my body. That was the thought that came to me toward the end of the massage I had on Friday. Sometimes the oddest things come to me when I’m not focusing on a dozen things at once.

Oddest, and usually the most apt. When my defenses are down, the truth sneaks up.


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A vacation giveaway.

3501748543 31b752bb2d t A vacation giveaway.

Nope, not giving away a trip somewhere. I’m on vacation, and forgot to plan my giveaway.

But that works in your favor.


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