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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!!!

Love, Sarabeth

Snow Days

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

Eliza is incredibly adorable and completely cute, except when she is utterly and totally irrational and/or screaming her guts out.

Some Reading For A Snow Day - Measles, Brain Health, and Epigenetics

I recently read some information provided by an "infectious disease specialist" at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, who was asked, "How effective is the [measles] vaccine?"

John E. Swartzberg, M.D. answered, in part: "Very.

Trajectory of a Year - or, Continuing my Personal Health Adventures

Dear Family,

I have a huge disinclination to draw conclusions about anything health-related. I don't want to be known as That Person who recommends a healing modality after testing it for A Very Short Time, Announces Tremendous Results, and then...experiences a "Relapse" and never discusses said Modality again.

But when is anything in health "conclusive?" Since that's up for debate, and because I have been trying a lot of different things this year, I am going to trepidatiously announce that my mental and physical health status feels a lot more stable and Good Overall.

All Manner of Things, and a Tiny Announcement

Dear Family,

"The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life. It's so easy to make it complex..." --Yvon Chouinard


After doing a written math problem that involved adding "two numbers more than a quintillion": "It wasn't hard, but it took a long time!"

The first day it snowed, there was just the merest dusting on the front steps. This did not deter Jem: "It's the sticky kind!

Summer Gone By

Dear Family,

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are headed." --Lao Tzu

"People don't take trips, trips take people." --John Steinbeck

"I asked Robin Williams why he loved riding a bicycle so much. I'll always remember his answer, because it was wonderful and true. He said it was the closest you can get to flying." --Jason Gay


In June, Eliza turned two.

The Sunshine

Dear Family,

"Life is totally and completely what happens while you're busy making plans."



Cognitive Behavioral Therapists and an NPR podcast both agree that happiness is All About Re-Framing. Sometimes this seems virtually impossible to do - which is why I write down what my children say, because at least then I can laugh about things later!



"Ow unnas" = owl underwear
"Low thunna" = loud thunder
"Teeny mo" (teeny more) = strawberries
"Hommy Dat!" = I want to eat that!
"Muffin Mans" = muffins
"Mutton" - mushroom
"Hambabooga" = hamburger

The Rain

Dear Family,

On some days, like today, the clouds sock us in. Plans seem un-makeable, dishes seem piled astronomically high, kitchen tasks seem never-ending, kids seem endlessly arguing, "Special Needs" feels like a situation invented by a masochist, there's so much whining that it's hard to imagine that I'm NOT doing something terribly wrong...and this is all before lunchtime.

Also, my grandma is dying, and that is both totally normal and totally sad.

After lunch today, I discover that Eliza has made more of a mess than I could even imagine possible on the floor around her seat.

Thinking About GAPS, Resistant Starch, and Beyond

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.

Anyway, if you happen to be a member of either of the latter two groups, the following letter may be q

Thinking About Me, and OCD

Dear Family,

"Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring."

--Desmond Tutu

"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving."

-- Terry Pratchett, "A Hat Full of Sky"

It's hard to discuss my own mental health with both humor and compassion.

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