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Posted: November 10, 2020 ...by
How to Celebrate Advent Simply, no matter what your faith This is not really a “How To” in any sort of prescriptive way. I like the simplicity of that title. Advent is defined as the four Sundays that lead up to Christmas. Yet, in my family, where we celebrate Hannukah, Christmas, and the big event...Read More »Read More
Posted: October 30, 2020 ...by
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Posted: October 19, 2020 ...by
If your child is suffering from behavioral outburst, chronic infections, reflux, chronic colds, or skin issues such as eczema, you likely need to examine his or her diet. The first person I think of in any of these situations is Kelly Dorfman, author of Cure Your Child with Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and...Read More »Read More
Posted: October 13, 2020 ...by
Today I woke  up and all the headlines in my health science bubble were about how suddenty, again, soy is the new health food. Funny, just last month it was the demon responsible for low sperm count and premature puberty in children. What gives: is soy healthy or not? The health effects of soy are...Read More »Read More
Posted: October 5, 2020 ...by
Can Learning Challenges Be Gifts in Disguise It was a great surprise when I realized my clearly bright, gifted daughter struggled with reading, writing, counting… really, with words and symbols of all sorts. In some ways, I continue to be shocked by it though we are years past her official diagnosis and our family’s embracement...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 6, 2019 ...by
“The dark is rising,” I say to my friend, Vanessa, a photographer who has called to tell me how a bird fell out of the sky and landed at her feet, dead, during her morning walk. She is obsessed with birds. She has hundreds of them in her freezer. Songbirds collected and given a second...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 4, 2019 ...by
I love reading. My children love reading. Much of our family culture is modeled around reading. I read for work and for pleasure everyday and most days I also read to my children for at least an hour. Thanks to the advent of audiobooks, I also listen to hours of audiobooks. Indeed, my children are...Read More »Read More
Posted: November 12, 2019 ...by
I fell in love with Vancouver’s newest Christmas Tree Rental company because they are so much more than even that (which is a pretty cool thing in and of itself). So, just how green can your Christmas Tree be? I did an interview with Carbon Sync‘s founder Brad Major to find out. 1. How did...Read More »Read More
Posted: February 13, 2019 ...by
What a parent should know about ensuring a vegetarian baby is healthy I was a vegetarian, and for some years a vegan (strict vegetarian), during my early adult life. I chose this path for a mixture of health, environmental, and ethical reasons. But I do not recommend this for the preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum years....Read More »Read More
Posted: December 7, 2018 ...by
The are mornings where the sky turns orange and then pink and the ocean becomes so still it appears that it is the stable force and the sky is the tumultuous one. On these mornings, I am drawn like a sleepwalker, only awake, out the door and into the ocean. I stop for shoes. Rocks...Read More »Read More
Posted: September 22, 2018 ...by
Well, it depends on who you ask. Nalgene, probably the best known maker of the hard, plastic water bottles that adults use, says “Of course not!” but they are still phasing out their polycarbonate lines. (Polycarbonate is that rigid, clear plastic that almost all of their bottles were made of.) Nalgene, along with many other bottle companies, are phasing out polycarbonates due to consumer pressure around Bisphenol A (BPA). »Read More
Posted: June 21, 2018 ...by
The are mornings where the sky turns orange and then pink and the ocean becomes so still it appears that it is the stable force and the sky is the tumultuous one. On these mornings, I am drawn like a sleepwalker, only awake, out the door and into the ocean. I stop for shoes. Rocks...Read More »Read More
Posted: May 26, 2018 ...by
Good News in Daily Habits If you’re looking for the best way to combat climate change and save the planet, here’s some good news: the habits you’ve already incorporated into your life make a difference since many are part of a sustainable, low-impact lifestyle. Committing to a sustainable lifestyle is easier than many people think,...Read More »Read More
Posted: March 13, 2018 ...by
Demystifying Eating Fish: How to find baby and mama (and earth)-safe seafood When I lived in the Midwest, I didn’t think much about fish and seafood. The fish that came out of Lake Erie weren’t particularly appetizing. Now, that I live on the coast, fish and seafood are a regular (and tasty) part of my...Read More »Read More
Posted: March 12, 2018 ...by
Not all food labels are created equal. Understanding which ones are what they pretend to be is an important step in getting value from a family’s food dollars. It’s worth it to spend more for food that is free of pesticides, artificial growth  hormones, and genetically-modified contents. It’s not so nice to spend money on...Read More »Read More