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I solve the race issue

I solve the race issue

I’ve been thinking a lot about race since the shootings. Not the shootings in the movie theater. Not the shootings of the military people. I’m talking three shootings ago, the ones in South Carolina. You know in America where the shootings fall like rain, you have to be really specific. As my kids and I watched Obama sing Amazing Grace, I cried. I felt sick to my stomach thinking about those African American people getting killed at their Bible study…

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I went Vegan for a week — here’s what happened

I went Vegan for a week — here’s what happened

As you know, I LOVE animals.  If I go to an animal shelter, an animal comes home with me. If I see an animal on the street, the animal comes home with me. Even if the animal starts attacking me in the car (which has happened), I just think, “Oh, well. I’m sure everything will be fine when we get home and it eats some food and rests while I  bandage my wounds.” So if I love animals so much,…

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Waiting for a hot dog behind Abraham Lincoln

Waiting for a hot dog behind Abraham Lincoln

For no real reason other than morbid curiosity, I decided to take my kids to a Civil War reenactment yesterday. Before we left the house I thought I should try to explain the Civil War to them so they’d have a better understanding of what they were about to see. This meant I had to explain slavery, which is something I’ve been avoiding doing up until now. It’s like saying, “Have you been having a nice childhood so far? Great….

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7-Eleven’s free slurpee day — a truly nauseating experience

7-Eleven’s free slurpee day — a truly nauseating experience

Sometimes as a parent, I just get so sick of parenting. I don’t mean the caring part of parenting, like giving someone a hug. I mean the responsible part of parenting. Always being the voice of reason.  Always seeing the big picture. Always saying no. Sometimes you just want to be reckless. And that’s why last Saturday, when 7-Eleven had it’s annual free slurpee day (July 11th), my kids and I went to not one, not two, not three, but…

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There are kids everywhere, all the time

There are kids everywhere, all the time

It’s become almost impossible to write. It’s not that I don’t want to write. It’s not that I don’t have things to say (regardless of how trivial). It’s not that my incessant need to be heard has diminished. It’s that my children are here, staring at me, all the time. They are staring at me right now, as I write this. No school. No camp. They had a couple of camps in June, but July and August are camp-less. They…

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What I don’t say when I talk to my kids about climate change

What I don’t say when I talk to my kids about climate change

Mommy, which garbage can should I put this bottle in? “The blue one is for recycling, which means your bottle is going to made into something else.” At least that’s what they say. Who knows really? That bottle’s probably going to end up in the great Pacific garbage dump with all the other ten billion tons of bottles, diapers, cans of Schlitz and condoms. Does buying recycled paper towels really help the Earth? “Absolutely, because it means fewer trees are…

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Everything you needed to know about magnesium

Everything you needed to know about magnesium

Don’t be bored already. I know, I’m going to talk about magnesium, but I’ll make it fun. We’ll make it fun. Because magnesium can be fun. (No, it can’t.) But magnesium is important. So let’s do this. Magnesium has been called the most important nutrient for human health and most of us are magnesium deficient. Why? Because in order for a food to have magnesium in it, it needs to be grown in magnesium-rich soil. Commercial farming and pesticides have ruined…

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18 things you need to know before moving to the country

18 things you need to know before moving to the country

Do you ever find yourself scanning real estate on the internet for that perfect little farmhouse where you can leave your insane city life behind? You can grow a vegetable garden, have a cow as a BFF and never answer an email, text or endure another team meeting again? Yeah, me too. I went so far as to actually move to the country. And here I am, eight years later, in the country. Still. And I only wish that someone…

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The lambs are here!

The lambs are here!

Emerson has been waiting since September for lambs and they are finally, finally here. Here’s Chip… And here’s Pip… They are Babydoll Southdown lambs. We got them because they are used in vineyards to keep the grass down and make lots of healthy poops to add nutrients to the soil. Plus, Babydolls are small sheep so they’re not tall enough to reach the grapes. We have an organic vineyard and it takes Bill HOURS and HOURS to mow it and…

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My one “must have” item

My one “must have” item

I hate running errands with my kids. Actually, I don’t know anyone who does love to run errands with kids. Is it just my children that have issues getting in and out of the car? August takes off his shoes immediately and then we all have to wait for him (or me) to put them back on. Buck is always reading so he doesn’t want to get out of the car until he’s finished with a particular page or even…

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