Some really valid points about the needs of women with regards to development and climate change. As far as we have come, there is still so much work needing to be done to fully include women’s voices in plans that will affect us acutely.

Saving the Planet with Duct Tape

So, while I didn’t actually “save the planet” with spools of colorful duct tape, I did help inspire creativity and reusable eco-chic behavior in the scads of children who stopped by the CoolMom booth today at Earth Day for Kids. Our project was making coin purses, wallets and other little pouches from Capri Sun juice … Continue reading

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

Completely Off Target

Completely Off Target

Usually I enjoy browsing through the Sunday paper. But this morning it was like a splash of cold water in my face.  And I’m not talking about the depressing headlines in the front section, nor the regressive editorial positions that the Seattle Times continues to spew. Nope, today it was the Target ad. I don’t … 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

Bee Nerdy With Me!

So as not to bore all of you who read this blog for juicy insights into my innermost thoughts, I have started a second blog to follow my beekeeping journey. A bonefide place for geeky beekeepers to talk about best practices, research, gear and the fun of backyard beekeeping. So, make your way over to … Continue reading

Please Tax Me!

Please Tax Me!

Today, after enduring a totally unsatisfactory interpretation of the Frog Prince, my little ones and I decided to make the most of the 50 degree weather by bird watching along the Marsh Island/Foster Island trail. My intrepid explorers gleefully ran along the trial ahead of me through mud and puddles, counting benches and observation platforms … Continue reading