Yes, call me crazy but we are ready for a new pup in our life -- potty training, sleep deprivation and all.
We weren't surprised to learn this week that an Alabama church group has erected a billboard trumpeting the importance of educating our kids using a quote from that master wordsmith... Adolf Hitler.
"Ms. Paltrow's harrowing experiences in combating Internet criticism will certainly be invaluable when it comes to helping our own combat veterans."
It's never good to compare your hardships with another's because every individual responds to life differently. (Remember what happened when Tom Cruise compared his acting schedule to a soldier's tour in Afghanistan?)
Before she becomes a standard bearer for peace though, I'd like her to consider this: Disagreement isn't a declaration of war. Expressing honest criticism, challenging someone's way of thinking or asking someone to consider their privilege or position isn't necessarily the same as invalidating someone's choices.
Gwyneth Paltrow annoyed millions when she referred to her impending divorce from Chris Martin as "conscious uncoupling." I find it noble that they're ...
My generation does things differently. Our divorces are more successful, less stressful, something to be proud of. They deserve to be cast in a positive light, and, if it feels good to the Paltrow-Martins or anyone else, renamed. But I wonder if we forgot to evolve our approach to marriage.
Despite wealth, status and an Oscar, divorce -- regardless of whatever sunny spin you put on it -- remains a great equalizer. Call it what you will, but "uncoupling" still sucks.
You see, this is actually a critique of the trend of the open letter, in all of its asinine inescapability. #Sorrynotsorry, dear reader -- it's the nature of the open letter to trick you into reading it.
"Conscious uncoupling" evokes a desire to make divorce seem positive, proactive and even somewhat glamorous. But, divorce is none of these things. It's painful, scary, uncomfortable, embarrassing and unpleasant.
While I pride myself on being tactful, intuitive, emotionally intelligent and sensitive (continually, these are all areas for major improvement), I may occasionally be unfiltered, which is definitely a "subjective" description.