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The Standley Lake High School Tragedy: Sending my kids to school should not be an act of courage

Editor’s Note: Mile High Mamas’ longtime blogger Gretchen’s teenagers had a brush with tragedy yesterday–both are students at Standley Lake High School where a student set himself on fire. Do not miss her must-read post.

I set off on this snowy, brittle afternoon to pick up my K-8 kids from school. The roads were smeared with dirty ice and winds shoved the van. It felt precarious, like the whole day, a slick white tightrope between home and my kids, elsewhere. I was glad to get to them, to bring us all under one roof safe again, until tomorrow. I’ve said this before, and the time has come to say it again:

It shouldn’t be an act of courage to send your kids to school.

A song came on the radio. It was John Mayer’s No Such Thing. It’s about high school and not fitting in. It’s about having hopes beyond being Prom King and Queen. It’s about biding time.

I wanna run through the halls of my high school
I wanna scream at the
top of my lungs.
I just found out there’s no such thing as the real world
Just a lie you got to rise above.

No Such Thing, John Mayer.

I drove slowly and thought about how my kids—HEY!—just this morning, ran through the halls of their high school and people screamed at the top of their lungs. That there is the real world, folks.

A 16-year-old boy set himself on fire in the cafeteria as the school day started  CLICK TO KEEP READING

Featured Mom Blogger: Suzanne from Crunchy Green Mom

What is the name of your blog? Crunchy Green Mom

How did you choose this name? I am started on the whole eco-friendly path when I was taking out trash one day. There were seven of us, my six kids and I, it took four trips to the curb one day. Four trips… that is just silly! There had to be a better way, cloth baby wipes, reusing milk containers and formula cans. So when I started blogging, I had to come up with a name that fit me. I am a mom, I am on the green path and I am Crunchy. (I fit the Boulder image more than anything.)

How did you get started blogging? I used to do a daily e-letter to my friends called “This Week in History”. One of my friends told me that I should start up a blog with it and the “Lilithology” blog was started for my This Week in History e-letter. Then I started looking at other blogs, found giveaways, won a set of earrings and was HOOKED.

What platform do you use? (I.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc.) I use Blogger. It’s easy and mindless. I needed easy and mindless.

What do you wish you had known when you started? I wish I had known about this sooner. I have met some amazing women, fallen in love with their families and root for them and their pumpkin growing husbands!

What blogs do you most admire? Of COURSE.. Mile High Mama’s. I love Crazy Adventures in Parenting – Lisa is a wonderful woman and a mother of six as well, My first bloggy friend was, Crystal, Everyday Life, Love and Happiness, we are the same age, both from Texas and very similar in our personalities. I love Nydia from Brazil at  Bringing up Salamanders and Nancy from New Life of Nancy a Roller Derby, Colorado Springs mom who is hard as nails and a TON of fun! Pregnant…without a clue was my childhood next door neighbor and best friend for 12 years. I love this girl!

What is your best tip for moms who are new to social media? Try it all. Take the video courses or go through their “New Member seminars”. They are usually free, only take about 10 minutes to watch and learn. Even if you don’t ever touch the system… learn it! Use Google Reader. It will save you soooo much time! Seriously…

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Featured Blogger: Lori of Weebles Wobblog

It’s time to interview another amazing blogger!  This week, Mile High Mamas is featuring Lori of Weebles Wobblog!

How did you get started blogging?
I googled a book I was reading (Waiting for Daisy) and landed on an invitation to a bloggy book tour. All I needed in order to participate was the book and a blog. I had one and started the other. That was the birth of Weebles Wobblog.

I serialized the story of our infertility and adoptions at Drama 2B Mama as a way to document my journey from utter despair to eventual motherhood.

And with a Canadian partner, I started a product review blog because we both love finding cool stuff and being sassy in reporting on it. It’s called All Thumbs Reviews, where we bring you our thumbs-up (and occasionally thumbs down) finds, along with frequent and awesome giveaways.

What platform do you use?
Blogger, which is a Google product.

I find it odd that “ blog platform will serve your website much better [than Blogger].” Why in the world would Google give better results to users of a competing platform?

What do you wish you had known when you started?
Not to start my blog name with a W (mine is always at the bottom of blogrolls), and not to choose a name that is difficult to spell out verbally (go ahead — try to dictate w-e-e-b-l-e-s-w-o-b-b-l-o-g to someone!).

What blogs do you most admire?
So many. First would be my Fairy Blogmother, Melissa of Stirrup Queens and Sperm Court Jesters. I have about 80 blogs in my reader, and each of them speaks to my mind or my heart in some way.

What is your best tip for moms who are new to social media?
Remember the community aspect — you are part of something larger than yourself, and you make it better for participating. If you aim to build your blog, plan to spend equal time writing your own blog and giving to others’.