very different yet very much alike.
Donna Schwartz Mills calls herself a “southern California native who used to be interesting,” but she is in fact, still interesting. One of the earliest writers identified as a “mommy blogger,” she started a WAHM site in 1999 called ParentPreneur and SoCalMom in 2003. Donna is one of the leaders of the MOMocrats and went to the 2008 Democratic National Convention as a credentialed blogger. Currently, she hosts and produces their weekly political podcast, MOMocrats MOMochat.
Donna’s experience includes writing-producing-blogging experience in radio, TV and new media, including working with many well-known people in entertainment and politics (you can learn some of the fun stories at SoCalMom.) She is has also written for CBS Los Angeles, BlogHer, Ask Patty, WebMD, and MomsLA.
Donna just turned 60 and is trying not to sweat about getting older, but living in Los Angeles can make it difficult – which you’ll likely see on this site.
Linda Schwartz is Donna’s younger sister. She was the co-owner for 20 years of Career Kids, an educational publishing company, until the company was sold in the summer of 2013. Since then she’s been working at a “real” job at the world’s largest wholesaler of magic. She’s been living in the Sacramento region for 27 years, but still considers herself a southern California girl. She was also a founding board member of Rocklin Academy Charter School.
Linda spent the last couple of years preparing for life after the last kid goes to college. Now that her youngest finished, she realizes that her feelings of excitement, sadness, anxiety, and every other emotion that she went through when trying to figure out what they want to do for the rest of her life was a waste of energy. It’s time to focus on her own life.
Linda still draws the same as she did in 2nd grade, but is willing to take art lessons in this next phase. The art genes all went to her sister. Her dream job would be one of the hosts of The View (the old version when it was fun to watch). She got started blogging because she grew up doing whatever her older sister told her to do.
very alike yet very much different.
We both like wine, champagne, water, and coffee in all forms (espresso, french press, drip, Turkish, hard candies from Trader Joe’s, you name it). Yet, one only drinks brewed coffee with half and half and the other takes it black (won’t tell you which one is which). We are sisters, not twins.
and did you hear the joke about the rabbi, the priest and the monk?
Yes, we can argue, disagree, and get on each other’s nerves. And contradict ourselves (hence the three opinions). But, we are always sisters in the end, whether we like it or not.
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