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Christina Pesoli

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Christina Pesoli is a native Austinite and the author if Break Free from the Divortex:  Power Through Your Divorce and Launch Your New Life.  She is also the founder of Emotional Hardbody where she coaches women who are going through divorce, helping them to avoid common mistakes that make the process take longer and cost more.  Christina’s essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Huffington PostAustin American Statesman’s Raising Austin, Notre Dame Magazine and KUT’s O’ Dark Thirty

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Season's grievings: Channel anger from Sandy Hook shootings with 28 days of Christmas giving

By Christina Pesoli

I’m having a hard time moving on after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Maybe it’s because we have had so many of these mass killings recently. Or perhaps it ...


School of life

Got Shock? Time Magazine's cover photo sets back drive for acceptance of breastfeeding

By Christina Pesoli

When it comes to the acceptability of breastfeeding, Time Magazine just turned back the clock 50 years.  The cover photo for the May 21, 2012 issue depicts an attractive twenty-something ...


No Apples for Lent

One bad Apple? What you can do to get America's hottest company to treat its employees right

By Christina Pesoli

I’ve always loved my iPod. My life is better because of it. Gone are the days when I had to fumble around with a bunch of unwieldy CDs. (Remember ...


Calling all Mama Grizzlies!

Forget Rush Limbaugh's lame excuses: A real, Sarah Palin-approved apology to Sandra Fluke

By Christina Pesoli

I hate fake apologies. Grown-ups demand them from kids all the time. It’s the price they have to pay to get out of the dog house. “You can’t ...


School of Life

Coffee, tea or hypocrisy? Why Virginia's transvaginal ultrasound bill doesn't make sense

By Christina Pesoli

If you are eating, consider yourself warned. Either put down your fork or proceed at your own risk. This story is likely to ruin your appetite in more ways than ...


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My mad crush on anger, and why it helps us bounce back after breaking up

By Christina Pesoli

Now that Valentine’s Day (and all the coverage of the related emotion) is behind us, I’d like to talk about break-ups for a minute. You’re probably thinking ...


School of Life

Advice from a liberal Catholic: It's time for the Church to "woman-up" in its war against contraception

By Christina Pesoli

When my son Aaron was a freshman in high school I had to have a little chat with him. It was clear that he was over his girlfriend of a ...


An Open Letter

In defense of Planned Parenthood: How Newt Gingrich spurred me to speak out for an organization with real family values

By Christina Pesoli

Anybody who has been in a long term relationship knows that love can wax and wane. And people in healthy relationships that stand the test of time generally know how ...


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Resolutions your co-workers hope you made (and will keep) this year

By Christina Pesoli

Personally, I gave up making New Year’s resolutions a few years ago. (That was actually my New Year’s resolution for 2009: To quit making New Year’s resolutions ...


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Doing it for the kids: From Newt Gingrich to the Economic Mobility Project, everyone agrees it starts with the youth

By Christina Pesoli

Sit down, nation: I have some bad news. The American Dream is gone — and maybe for good. When you were “busy” sitting on the couch in your sweats, inhaling that ...


Reading Between the Ribbons

Gift card, jewelry or running apparel: Decoding what your gift giving really says

By Christina Pesoli

Unless they’re from Santa, the perfect gifts don’t just magically appear under your tree all wrapped up and ready to go. There’s no private workshop at your ...


One Love

Nama-stay away? Lululemon puts Ayn Rand quote on shopping bags and offends some yoga faithful

By Christina Pesoli

Here are two things that don’t normally go together: Yoga and outrage. But when upscale retailer Lululemon Athletica rolled out shopping bags with the question, “Who is John Galt ...


Lots to give thanks for

You feel guilty, I don't: Why Thanksgiving is a Vegetarian's favorite holiday

By Christina Pesoli

Ah, Thanksgiving! It’s one of my very favorite holidays. I realize that hardly puts me in the minority—after all, plenty of people love Thanksgiving. And why wouldn’t ...


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Eight tips on how to avoid an upset on the Trail: Safety is first, but manners are a close second

By Christina Pesoli

The summer we survived proves it once and for all: There are only two seasons here in Central Texas — Summer and Not Summer. (Thank you, global warming.) And with temperatures ...


The Den Mother's Down

Proud cougars lament the Demi Moore divorce frenzy: What does Kutcher's douchebag turn mean for the rest of us?

By Christina Pesoli

Every once in a while a story that is simply news to everyone else is highly personal to you. Like the recent wildfire coverage, if you're a Texas resident ...


School of Life

Take a page from the sports playbook to get your family in the back-to-school zone

By Christina Pesoli

Going back to school can be as demoralizing as SMU's 1989 football season—the first year it tried to come back from the dead.  It’s enough to take ...


Two Americas

houston-copy Dumb and dumber: Appreciating the contributions of the truly stupid in America

By Christina Pesoli

John Edwards was wrong.  And I’m not talking about his recent criminal charges.  Or how he treated Elizabeth, may she rest in peace.  Or how he was a cheater ...


Inside Out

Stage one: Six simple things you can do inside to sell your house in a tough market

By Christina Pesoli

For those of you just joining us, this is the second installment in a two-part series of simple things you can do to help your house sell. In the first ...


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Life after divorce: What to do next? Learning from the past for the adventures that lie ahead

By Christina Pesoli

There’s nothing like a divorce to make you take stock of your life. Especially if it’s not your first one.  Or your second one.  Or it’s a ...


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Sticks & Stones: How do you teach children to express their opinions in a respectful way?

By Christina Pesoli

Hannah and I were at our neighborhood pool the other day when I ran into my friend Molly. Molly and I aren’t close friends, but thanks to Facebook, I ...


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