Author Archives: Sharon Greenthal

Social Surrogates – a Crying Shame

Friday morning, April 18 I was sitting at my computer, deciding which photo of my daughter to share on Facebook to wish her a happy birthday, when I heard the friendly folks on Good Morning America introduce a segment called “Social Surrogates.” In case you missed it, here’s the link to the story.   In a…

There’s Always Two Sides to Every Story

One of the most important things I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older is this: There’s always two sides to every story. Even when you’re talking to your BFF and she’s telling you about a friend who is cheating on her husband; even when you’re listening to your child and she’s telling you about a friend…

What it’s Like to Be in an Earthquake

The March 28 5.1 earthquake, centered in La Habra, California was the largest quake in Southern California in many years. Followed by hundreds of lesser aftershocks, it was also preceded by a foreshock of 3.1 magnitude. For each increment of 1, an earthquake feels 10 times stronger on the Richter scale. So while a 4.0…

If I Were Shopping for a Prom Dress…

My senior prom was 3500 35 years ago. I remember it vividly for two reasons – I had a ridiculously great time and I loved my dress. I think it cost around $45 and it was black, made of Qiana, very slinky and so 70′s. I had a  perm that some hairstylist whose name I’ve…

Why Internet Commenters are Fascinating

I spend a lot of time on social media every day. It’s the basis of my business and often the source of inspiration for my writing. I read countless blogs, articles, opinion pieces, newspapers, and often most fascinating of all, comments. I read a piece on the Huffington Post called The Baby Decision, in which…

Why I Told My Kids About My Wild Teen Years

In an article on CNN.com, Kelly Wallace discusses President Obama’s openness about his drug use during his teen years and surveys moms and parenting experts about how they handled or would advise handling the controversial topic of being open with your kids about your own drug use during your teen years. Whatever you think about…

Crossing Item #1 Off My Bucket List

My bucket list isn’t very long, and it’s not too ambitious, either. I don’t long for adventures, I’ll never compete in a triathlon, and building my dream home is something I gave up on a long time ago – though I’m very happy in my the house we live in. This year will be my 25th…

25 Ways You Know You Were a Parent in the 90′s

For those of us who became parents in the 1990′s, there are things that we experienced that young parents of today will never understand. Like how devastating it could be when a VCR tape broke. Or when a roll of film was over-exposed and none of the pictures from your kid’s birthday party came out….

Women’s Wellness – Beyond the OB/GYN

This is a sponsored post. Women’s health at midlife goes beyond an annual visit to the OB/GYN and a mammogram. As we age, caring for our general health becomes more and more important as we grow more susceptible to heart disease, strokes, and cancer. It’s important for women to have a general practitioner, internist or…

Attention Deficit Disorder is More Than Sugar Overload

Note: I asked my son for his permission before writing this post. There is evidence that the diagnoses of ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are on the rise for a variety of non-medical reasons. There are stories about schools pushing parents to have their children diagnosed to increase the school’s test scores. Some…