Pants on Fire: Ashburn Patch Article

At what point in life do lying and omitting facts become acceptable? “Ow! My arm hurts!” My son shouts from the stroller. Before I can bend down to check his problem he screams, “My back is itchy!” Across the aisle of the children’s clothing section, a different child tells her mother she has to pee. … Continue reading Pants on Fire: Ashburn Patch Article

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In Defense of Shyness: Ashburn Patch Article

My kid is shy and I’m OK with that. A few weeks ago, I took my son to a trial session at JW Tumbles, a children’s gym in Broadlands. There were many fun activities: jungle gyms, slides, blocks, obstacle courses, parachutes and swings dangling from the sturdy ceiling. Continued on Patch...

Recall Insanity: Ashburn Patch Article

Parents must take responsibility for keeping their kids safe. During the past two years, my son's highchair, sling, stroller and medicine have all been recalled due to alarming risks. The highchair was found to collapse at random, dropping children to the floor without warning. The stroller folded in an odd way that amputated several children's … Continue reading Recall Insanity: Ashburn Patch Article

Christianity is not synonymous with bigotry… Or, Why Chic-Fil-A Sucks

Chic-Fil-A is closed on Sundays. The organization believes its employees should take the day off for rest and prayer. I think this is great, aside from the fact that I frequently find myself at the Dulles Towne Center Mall's food court on a Sunday afternoon staring longingly at the darkened Chic-Fil-A storefront. What's not so … Continue reading Christianity is not synonymous with bigotry… Or, Why Chic-Fil-A Sucks

The Mommy Wars: Ashburn Patch Article

The battle between working and stay-at-home moms continues in Ashburn. I recently met an Ashburn resident at a networking event in Tysons Corner. Within minutes of noting our common residency, she complained of the "professional mommies" she encounters while dropping off her kids at preschool. These aren't working moms, she told me. These are stay-at-home … Continue reading The Mommy Wars: Ashburn Patch Article

Profile of a ‘Terrorist’ – Ashburn Patch Article

At 19 years old, I fit the profile of a terrorist. It was the summer of 1998 and I decided to go backpacking through Europe before studying abroad in Italy. At every checkpoint, in every airport, I was stopped by officials. Even at the check-in counter, I was asked why I had only one backpack … Continue reading Profile of a ‘Terrorist’ – Ashburn Patch Article

Ashburn Patch Article: Gas and the Golden Rule

Struggling to be nice when the gas company sucks I'm sitting in my new, vacant, 55-degree house waiting for a technician to come turn on the gas and light the pilots. It's seven in the morning and my window of service is from this moment until five this evening. I possibly have a 10-hour wait … Continue reading Ashburn Patch Article: Gas and the Golden Rule

Ashburn Patch Article: Searching for Peace

One of the best traits of Ashburn is its child-friendly atmosphere. I love that I can take my toddler with me everywhere I go in this town. (No, I’m not that crazy lady with the pre-schooler crying at the horror movie at 9pm. There are limits, people!) Unlike chicer D.C. or even Tysons Corner… Continued … Continue reading Ashburn Patch Article: Searching for Peace

Yes, Racism Still Exists

Since Obama was elected I’ve been hearing tales of the end of racism. I really wish that were true, but one election did not fix this country. While it’s not as acceptable, racism still exists. Today’s MomGrind post struck this old chord with me this morning. Vered writes about her first time experiencing blatant racism. … Continue reading Yes, Racism Still Exists