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Guess what! In 2011, Forbes magazine publicized  a stay-at-home-mom’s annual salary as $115,000!  The calculation  was developed by a survey from It counted these 10 jobs as typical for a SAHM: “A day-care teacher, as household CEO, psychologist, chef, housekeeper, laundry, PC-or-Mac operator, facilities manager, janitor, and driver.” Forbes said, “The breadth of Mom’s responsibilities is beyond what most workers could ever experience day-to-day. Imagine if you had to attract and retain a candidate to fill this role?” WUSA9 jacked us up to $143,000.00, in 2016, but the base number was $48,509 — for a 40-hour work week, the rest, overtime....



I was completely bitchy in a blog draft this week, stemming from an online conversation. My editors noticed right off, “Uh, probably not the best mood for you to be writing for public consumption, Jill.” Thank God for them, because as I thought about it further, I realized that the situation I found myself in, does not happen outside my virtual world. I don’t keep friends or acquaintances, for that matter, who would assume the worst about me if we have an academic, political or ideological disagreement. So I was momentarily pissed off at people I don’t even know and...


Love Limits

I’ve read a lot of people this year who say “it all comes down to love.” I assume the “it” means the value of our human presence in the world. I have a love/hate relationship with this saying, as well as with the idea that only unconditional love has real value. I’m afraid that the progressive sort of non-judgmental, value-free love makes me twinge a bit. If unconditional love is that abstract notion of indescribable affection, I believe I do know it when it comes to my children. They could not do anything that would make me stop loving them....