PunditMom Reads of the Week — 2/5/12 Edition

Sun, February 5, 2012

Changing the World, Women Online

Yeah, my mom writes about politics. What of it?

Yes, I spend a lot of time reading stories from around the web about politics, ESPECIALLY in this crazy election year!  But sometimes a girl’s got to spread out, get a little perspective and check in with other parts of the world, even when I’m knee deep in the process for my new gig as Election editor/contributor at iVillage iVote.

One of the main themes of my book, Mothers of Intention, was that there are SOOOO many wonderful, talented and inspiring women writers around the web who don’t get as much attention as they should. Some of them write about “politics,” but many write about other things important in all our lives.   So in keeping with that theme, here are some women you should definitely check out, because they’ve got some things to say that apply to so many of our lives:

Tracey at Sweetney ponders the nature of relationships, especially how to make things work in the crazy world we live in, and will be writing about that through the month of February.  As Tracey says, marriage isn’t easy and none of us has all the answers, but I’m sure she’s bound to have a thing or two to say that will inspire me this month.

Thinking about diabetes in the aftermath of Paula Deen’s announcement that she has Type 2 diabetes and still promotes those deep fried butter ballsKerri at Six Until Me, who was diagnosed with a Type 1 diabetes in the 1980s, talks about how she’s tired of feeling guilty about having to explain her disease to others, and how she’s dealing with that “burnout.”

Liz at Mom-101 is asking for help for her brother’s six-year-old niece who has autoimmune encephalitis.  The family is raising money to help fund a much needed bone marrow transplant.  Please take a read about this brave girl.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has come under intense fire for cutting funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood and then, at least temporarily, reversing itself under an extreme uproar from the public.  I’m still pondering this whole ‘breast cancer meets politics’ thing, and definitely have something to say, but in the meantime, there are two wonderful posts at The Broad Side with two different perspectives on what turned into a major debate, not only about breast cancer, but how we as a society view the spectrum of women’s health issues.

Well, that should keep you busy during Super Bowl halftime!  If you’re not waiting to catch the Ferris Bueller in middle age commercial, that is!

(Yes, I drive a CRV.  No, I don’t work for Honda.  I just love Ferris Bueller.)

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