Do Parents Have The Right to Feel Overwhelmed?

September 9, 2015

I find myself feeling guilty about feeling exhausted by having four kids. I find myself getting defensive: Yeah, I know, If I didn't choose to homeschool them, If I didn't choose to be obsessive over their nutrition, If I balanced my life better, If I had obtained the right sort of therapies for my kids and me, If I managed my stress better, If I didn't choose to be a stay at home mother, if if if...then I could occupy myself with something more legitimately useful about which I could stress, like a Successful/Ambitious Career! Got it.

Time Keeps On Whizzing

September 8, 2015

**Let’s meet in a restaurant**

Is food the enemy?
Giving a dinner party has become
an ordeal. I lie awake the night
before figuring how to produce

a feast that is vegan, gluten free,
macrobiotic, avoiding all acidic
fruit and tomatoes, wine, all nuts,
low carb and still edible.

Are beetles okay for vegans?
Probably not. Forget chocolate
ants or fried grasshoppers.
Now my brains are cooked.

An Open Letter to the Politicians who Represent Me

August 28, 2015

Our local newspaper recently published this letter…

We are a family of six, living in Tompkins County. We enjoy privileges: a medium-size home, a 10-year-old car with no car payments, the chance to live on one income (allowing me to stay home with our kids - including one with developmental/cognitive challenges), and enough money to buy healthy food.

The Birth of Ivy Lyn

March 5, 2015

In the moments between the crazy, I am treasuring brief bits of total magic. We have a new baby human at our house! Who three days ago went from upside down, umbilically-attached to lung-breathing-infant On The Outside. She's so new that even though her eyes are bright, you can't yet tell what color they will be. Times like these, you really notice the transitory nature of the universe. Our baby had a time Inside, and is now launched. And this is how the transition went.


It's a...

March 3, 2015

GIRL!! Our newest little one arrived at 11:11am yesterday morning, surrounded by her family, friends, and midwives.

She's our biggest yet: 7lbs 4oz, and at the moment she has lots of dark hair.

Am feeling rather dazed but exultant. She is adorable and sleepy. The proud papa is doing well, as is the rest of the family...

Please send us good thoughts concerning the baby developing excellent nursing skills!!!


Snow Days

February 16, 2015

Dear Family,

“People don’t want to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.”
--Geoff Metcalf

"Sometimes medical care (like politics) is the art of the possible."
--William Walsh

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips."
--Oliver Goldsmith


Thinking About GAPS, Resistant Starch, and Beyond

June 11, 2014

Dear Family,

"No Disease That Can Be Treated By diet Should Be Treated With any Other Means.”

- Maimonides


I've been thinking recently that there are two sorts of people in the world: those who are dealing with significant health concerns, to the point where these concerns pretty much take over their lives...and those who aren't.

Then I thought, there is actually a third group: those whose lives are ruled by their health problems, but they (the people) don't realize it.

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