Lipstick & Pearls
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 20:03I spent the majority of my Saturday scouring Towne East Mall in Wichita with my mom and youngest sister. Our mission was to find the perfect prom dress for my sister’s first prom.
The choices were plentiful—glitter or sparkles, satin or lace, strapless or strapped, halter or not, long or short (insert images of 1980s movies here).
After narrowing her top picks to three—at three different stores, no less—my sister made her decision. A long, halter-style dress with a mermaid-flared...
Tuesday, 19 January 2010 19:37Preparation is to pregnancy as, well, commercials are to the Super Bowl—that’s what it’s all about.
Think about it for a second. In 2009, NBC said the Super Bowl averaged 95.4 million viewers during the four-hour-plus showdown between the Steelers and the Cardinals. But when did the majority of those viewers leave the comfort of the couch in search of little smokies, chips and Dr. Pepper? My guess, it was probably not during the commercials.
The same is true for pregnancy. The main attraction—a growing belly—is overshadowed by the planning efforts that parents-to-be invest into nine months.
The preparation begins the moment parents know a baby is on the way. With both our daughter and our soon-to-be addition, my husband and...
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 19:55During my childhood, my family alternated celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day between my two sets of grandparents.
Before reaching the embarrassing and often awkward middle-school years, my favorite schedule was to celebrate Christmas Eve at my Grandma Helen’s house in Marquette, because every other year, the Olson family hosts a special visitor. A right jolly, good fellow you might say. And I loved savoring the anticipation of hearing the doorbell ring and a “Ho, ho, ho” sound throughout the house.
Santa would haul in a large gift sack and call each family member by name to receive his or her gift—with one stipulation—one must sit on Santa’s lap.
As you might imagine, sitting on Santa’s lap was fine as a...
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 13:59In my two-plus years of being a Facebook member, I’ve never had the enormous outpouring of responses to a status update as I did a month ago.
Sure, I’ve had the typical Facebook birthday, where online friends post short messages all over my wall. But even my special day has never compared to my post in October.
For those not involved in the Facebook madness, let me explain. A status update is where you post your current action, current thought, current complaint. You get the idea.
Politics (as usual) gets the blood flowing, even on Facebook. So, if you want a big response, mention something political.
But my high-response status update had nothing to do with politics.
Moms, in particular, are always sympathetic to...
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 13:50I have always been intrigued by symbolism. Analyzing symbolism can lead to a deeper understanding of poetry, literature and the author behind a specific literary work.
But symbolism can go beyond the realms of literature to objects that are widely accepted to stand for a larger movement.
For instance, imagine a yellow ribbon. In 1973, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ’Round the Ole Oak Tree” was a popular song. And most understood the deep significance of the yellow ribbon—it was symbolic of waiting for a loved one to return, and more specifically, it represented people serving in the military who were unable to return home.
Along those same lines, a pink ribbon is used to symbolize breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen for the Cure...
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