Dinosaur Mom Chronicles is a personal blog I started in 2004. It is massively locked down now but My oldest kid announced when he was five that he wanted to be a dinosaur when he grew up, hence the name of the blog. My tagline there is “I set out to be Anais Nin and turned into Mrs Dalloway.” It was my preferred venue for venting, polemic, and exploring imaginary career paths (pundit, hetaera, farmer, doctor, society hostess) for almost a decade. It was very personally focused. Seeing as how everybody wants to comment about The Universal, I figured that the only claim I could stake to original thought was writing from personal experience and observation. Then I got paranoid and thought I should blog in a more professionally appropriate manner. So I locked the old blog down and started blogging here. You can see how that turned out.
To update in brief from the Dinosaur period, my oldest is now 20. His nom de blog, formerly Podrostok (Russian for “adolescent”) is now Soldatik in recognition of his adult dignity as an enlisted soldier with the U.S. Army. His younger brother, 18, is
Tweenbot Teenbot, and their younger sibling, 15, is Mouse. I have a Russian husband (Dino Spouse) of 20 years and an estranged Russian mother-in-law (Baba or Babushka) who lived with us for 13 years. I refer to my parents and siblings as the Protosaurs. Nothing I say here represents any of their views, at least not fairly or accurately.
I did sometimes accept money to promote products and services on Dinosaur Mom Chronicles, but usually I did it on the basis of personal whim. Check out my disclaimers for more information.