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I think it's enlightening to go to conferences like this and it helps us gain perspective, and offers us the opportunity to think about things in different ways. On that note, I'm happy to not have a "life manual". I don't think I could handle the disappointment of not meeting expectations according to said manual. I know that I keep coming back here because you are a good writer and capture so perfectly in words situations I can relate to, with humor, grace, and humility. Rock on, Carmen!


I read because I relate to what you write, not necessarily because I have the same situations or experiences, but because I understand. I also read because you respond to my comments and I feel that you have become my friend in the 'honesty of the internet'. (Unlike the bookselling bloggers who don't have time to respond to the comments on their blogs or delegate the response to others.)

Your blog reminds me of the old song/proverb that talks about friends:

Make new friends, but keep the old.
One is silver, the other is gold.


Your commitment to writing the truth, the ugly, funny, crazy, sad truth, is what brings me back to you. I have been trying to muster the courage to do the same ever since I started reading your blog. And you should write a book, whether you are invited to or not. Write it, and your readers will buy it and publicize it. I promise.


huh I apparently have been absent for a minute .... or two. Your honesty, your candor, your willingness to share it all for the sake of sanity - that is why I read this.

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  • Carmen Staicer is a whirlwind of energy and execution, who never sleeps and drinks way too much coffee. She works from home as Social Media Programs Manager for SheKnows, and is the mom to six kids, most of whom play instruments, sing or dance and all of whom are much smarter than she will ever be. In other words, her house is never ever quiet or still. A concentration of asthma, food allergies, spectrum disorders and learning disabilities means that she spends an awful lot of time second guessing herself and Dr. Googling, as well as learning to cook everything the family might like to eat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, boxing (she has her Black Belt in Muay Thai), sleeping, exploring coffee shops, photography, ballet class and cooking. She excels in being a smart mouth and has her major in sarcasm, with a dual minor in BS studies and avoiding laundry.