Jey had been living as an out gay woman for ten years prior to her second “big announcement.” She came out to me as a lesbian in her sophomore year of high school. It was Mother’s Day and she said, “I want to take you out for breakfast. I thought we could talk.” Ninety-nine percent of me knew what this conversation was going to be about and I was kind of relieved that the issue … [Read more...] about My Daughter is My Son
Archives for November 2013
I love board games, always have. We played cards and board games when I was growing up and the tradition has continued with my own family. When my children were teens, I made Sunday a mandatory family day and we would often play board games. Even now when they are all grown up, they come up on Sundays to eat and play board games and we especially love to play games during the … [Read more...] about Board Games for the Whole Family
If there is a mother on the planet who hasn't felt slammed by fatigue, I haven't met her. And if a mother says she hasn't ever been tired, she's clearly an alien or been drinking society's Kool-Aid—you know, the kind that tells women that admitting they're tired is a sign of weakness. A REAL MOM'S DAY My day starts like this: rise at 6 AM., shower, eat breakfast, remind m … [Read more...] about Moms Tired and Happy?
In 2012, Fast Food Restaurants spent $4.6 billion in total on all advertising, an 8% increase over 2009. This amount is 12.4 times what was spent on all advertising for milk, bottled water, vegetables, and fruit combined. NEW STUDY In 2010, researchers at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity issued Fast Food FACTS. This report examined the nutritional q … [Read more...] about What are Fast Food Facts?
Twenty-five and a half hours of labor notwithstanding… when I gave birth to my first child sixteen years ago, I was in awe. No. Awe is an understatement. I could not stop looking at my son. I believe I kissed his toes, fingers, cheeks, nose, and his hair at least a million times. I was a neurotic mom to be sure. I didn’t allow anyone to kiss him other than his dad and me. I w … [Read more...] about Embrace the Teen Years
Watch this moving slideshow of the birth of Nathaniel at home one hot summer night on the east coast. His mom wrote up the story of his birth, "Why I Chose a Home Birth." Nathaniel's birth was attended by Paige Eastman Dickinson, CPM, of Birth Care Midwifery in Bedford, MA. Anne Hurlbut is a natural light, lifestyle photographer whose passion is birth photography. Th … [Read more...] about Nathaniel’s Homebirth
Mammography, in its hunt to irradiate every woman’s breasts and find ever more cancers, started a slash and burn war that the work of Danish researcher, Peter C.Gøtzsche, should have ended a decade ago. DOES MAMMOGRAPHY REDUCE DEATH RATE? Gøtzsche’s work shows that there is absolutely no evidence that mammography has decreased the overall death rate from cancer. While some … [Read more...] about Mammography Might Not Help
This is such a good fall soup and very easy to make, plus it's gluten and dairy free. I like it spicy so I always add crushed red pepper, black pepper and salt to mine. It’s already a little spicy because of the ginger so I would add the additional spices slowly at the end and taste it as you do so. Here are the ingredients: carrots potatoes coconut milk veggie br … [Read more...] about Creamy Carrot Soup
Here is the trailer for Allison Kuznia's documentary, Midwife, which follows Minnesota homebirth midwife, Sarah Biermeier during her first year as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). The documentary quietly shows the life of a homebirth midwife, from prenatals, to births, to postpartums, while also examining what the birth environment is like in states where home … [Read more...] about Midwife: A Birth Film
We need to know the ingredients in foods our family eats and products they use not only to make sure the ingredients are healthy, but also in case we are sensitive to one of them. If we have to call poison control because our child ate something suspicious or want to report allergic symptoms to our child's health care practitioner, we need to know the ingredients. FRAGRANCE … [Read more...] about Fragrance is a Secret