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It’s Official

Thursday night, when I delayed bringing in the groceries from the car because I had to rescue my neighbor’s Styrofoam from the trash pile, I realized that I have officially crossed the line. I am Pemco’s Northwest Profile #17 – Obessive Compulsive Recycler. I know this is not news to many of you, especially my poor … Continue reading

Brats

Brats

So, how would you respond if a child of about nine years old, whom you had never before met, looked you straight in the eye and said in the snottiest voice possible, “Would you MOVE?!” I was completely taken back for a second or two, as I perched on a small bench with a squirmy … Continue reading

Originally posted on Grist:
Women need to be on the Rio docket. (Photo by Cintia Barenho.) In just two months, world leaders will gather in Rio to hammer out a new set of agreements on what sustainable development means, and more importantly, how both rich and developing nations can get there before it’s too late.…

Giving it away for free

As the children grow, it becomes increasingly difficult to navigate conversations about worth and work. I have some astute kids who ask way more pointed questions that I am prepared to answer. Here’s a recent conversation I had with my son. “Mom, you’ve been in the lunchroom a lot lately.” “Yep. It takes a lot … Continue reading

I heart Obamacare

I heart Obamacare

Even though it’s technically spring, flu season just got started around here. I spent the last week tending feverish children and a feverish husband, and swallowing as many immune boosting herbs and concoctions as I could manage. Any time we go through a week like this, I finish it off with a small prayer of … Continue reading

Show me how the piggies eat!

Show me how the piggies eat!

Each afternoon around 4 pm I find myself wondering what my spouse, my mother, my locavore friends, the kids’ pediatrician and the nutrition police would think if I fed the kids mac and cheese again for dinner. And would it make any difference if it was organic mac and cheese made with organic butter and organic soy milk? What … Continue reading

Fiddling With Themselves While Rome Burns

Fiddling With Themselves While Rome Burns

Like pretty much every other woman in America, I’ve been horrified by the cold realization that there are influential political voices out there who don’t want women to have access to birth control.  I wasn’t planning to write about it, because I have been ignoring what comes out of the mouths of Republican politicians and … Continue reading

I have seen my future, and it isn’t pretty

I have seen my future, and it isn’t pretty

I love words. Especially foreign words that describe in one neat bundle something that requires an entire sentence in English. So when this showed up in a friend’s feed, I dropped everything for some English-major style fun. Nine Foreign Words the English Language Desperately Needs At number four I paused uncomfortably. Kaelling: Danish for “an ugly, … Continue reading