Category Archives: Parenting

The Crush of Competition Culture

My son, Dylan, returned from Southern California with many exciting tales. He had been hiking in Yosemite during the drought season and had to reroute his trip to avoid ¬†wildfires. One story stuck in my craw. At one point, he … Continue reading

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Back on Track

The train was late, as usual. Only a few minutes but for some reason, the fact that it was behind schedule gave me faith. I wanted ordinary things to happen. My son was heading off on to hike from Yosemite … Continue reading

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A Year of Parenting Dangerously

January is a classic time for people to review the old year and make plans for the new year. The image of the head of the Roman God Janus comes to mind. Janus has one face looking into the past … Continue reading

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The Inner Superhero

My youngest son is secretly a superhero. I used to think of him as being a ornery, teen version of Clark Kent with a video game obsession. He has worked hard to convince us that his only interests in life … Continue reading

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The Sibling Set

My youngest son, Aaron was born when his siblings were in grade school. This age difference secured him a unique relationship in the family. By the time Aaron was 2 years old, he worshiped his siblings as gods. They knew … Continue reading

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The Medicine of Flowers

I call myself the practical herbalist. Pragmatism is a value that I hold in high regard. I dress in clothing that fits comfortably. I strive to cook food that is flavorful and nutritious. I recycle. I can. I save paper … Continue reading

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Tribute to Mom

I wrote the following obituary for my mother a few days after she passed. At her memorial service, a man came up to me who had been working in the kitchen to pass out refreshments in the basement of my … Continue reading

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Lock, Shock and Barrel

It was early on a dark and chilly Christmas morning. There was a low rustling sound in the house downstairs. I rolled over and pretended it was the cats. I had dragged myself to bed at 1 a.m. later that … Continue reading

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Teenagers and the Backyard Chicken

Backyard chicken coops are all the rage now. There is even a name for women who raise urban chickens: femivore. This term doesn’t fit my lifestyle. I am not a suburban housewife with a high income hippie agenda. I work … Continue reading

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The 2nd Deadly Sin

Dessert is available all the times at my house. There are several bowls of fruit in the dining room. One is full of apples, one is especially for bananas and one is usually full citrus fruit. This time there was … Continue reading

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