The Bloggess: Like Mother Teresa, Only Better

I’ve been blogging about my strange little life for almost a decade.  It’s mainly dark humor mixed with brutally honest periods of mental illness.  I’m not sure how it happened but somehow this became a very popular, award-winning blog.  In 2012 my first book (Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir) debuted at #1 on the NYT best-seller list and my second book (Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things) spent 5 months on the NYT top 20 best seller list.. I assure you, no one was more surprised about this than I was.  I assume I’m in a coma and all of you are fever-dreams.  Magnificent fever-dreams.


Blue Penguin Development

An award-winning humorist and former corporate marketer, Blue Penguin founder and Chief Penguin, Michael Katz, specializes in helping small professional service firms and solos get more and better clients by positioning themselves as Likeable Experts.

Since launching Blue Penguin in 2000, Michael has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week Online, Bloomberg TV,,, USA Today, and other national and local media.

He is the author of four books, and has published more than 400 issues of “The Likeable Expert Gazette,” a twice-monthly email newsletter and podcast with 6,000 passionate subscribers in over 40 countries around the world.

Michael has an MBA from Boston University and a BA in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. He also has a second degree black belt in karate, a first degree black belt in parenting (three children), and is a past winner of the New England Press Association award for “Best Humor Columnist.”


Dave Ramsey

I formed Ramsey Solutions in 1992 to counsel folks hurting from the results of financial stress. I’ve paid the “stupid tax” (mistakes with dollar signs on the end) so hopefully some of you won’t have to. I wrote the book Financial Peace based on all that Sharon and I had learned, and I began selling it out of my car. With a friend of mine, I started a local radio call-in show called The Money Game, now nationally syndicated as The Dave Ramsey Show.

Our company history is full of landmarks, including six best-sellers on the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly lists—and we’re not slowing down. Ramsey Solutions now has more than 550 team members and a variety of products and services to help you reach your financial goals.

Many companies define success based on the dollars coming in, but at Ramsey Solutions, we define our success by the number of lives changed: listeners getting out of debt, readers taking their first Baby Step and saving $1,000, Financial Peace University graduates investing for their future. We learned early on that if we help enough people, the money will come. Our mission statement isn’t just lip service—it’s our mantra:

Ramsey Solutions provides biblically based, common-sense education and empowerment that give HOPE to everyone in every walk of life.


Design For Mankind

By day, I change diapers and write essays and design products and answer emails. I speak at international events, say another prayer, brew another coffee. By day I travel the world, or at least the grocery. I read another chapter and kiss another skinned knee and battle another bad habit. I fry bacon. I change my outfit. I refill my husband’s water glass and then style lookbooks and sing lullabies and search for that ubiquitous missing sock yet again.

By night, I write it all down here.


Karla McLaren

Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Her lifelong work focuses on her grand unified theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC.


Life Without Pants

Life Without Pants is the pursuit, yours and my own, of working smarter and living better. It’s a safe-for-work metaphor for living “without restrictions”. I’m glad to have you here, and I hope you’ll stick around. Together, we can do some pretty incredible things.


Martha Beck

Author and life coach, Martha Beck offers great blogs on inspiration, life, and self love.


Psych Central

Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network. Since 1995, our award-winning website has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 250 support groups to consumers. They are today’s modern voice for mental health information, emotional support and advocacy.


Psychology Today

Psychology Today is devoted exclusively to everybody’s favorite subject: Ourselves. On this site, they have gathered a group of renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers to contribute their thoughts and ideas on what makes us tick. They’re a live stream of what’s happening in ‘psychology today’.