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Why snorkeling is not my favorite ‘simple recreational activity’

It’s an activity that can be done by little children, the elderly, and all ages between. It’s an easy way to spend lengths of time viewing tropical delights without having to take diving classes or rent expensive equipment. It’s a cheap way to enjoy the clear blue waters of the Pacific islands. The activity is snorkeling. And it’s one of… Read more »

Guessing games

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A few weeks ago, Kyle was sick with a stomach bug. He had a day or two of relief from that before coming down with a cold. The illnesses affected his behavior in some significant ways. Although now we can attribute his mysterious behaviors to being sick, for those two weeks I spent an unhealthy amount of time wondering and… Read more »

How to make your own kid-safe eco weed killer (and some reasons why you should)

A few weeks ago while I was mowing the lawn, I saw my next-door neighbor walk in my direction wearing a big backpack-style tank sprayer. Weeds are a silent point of contention between us. I have them, he doesn’t. He believes in hiring a lawn service to spray his weeks, and I don’t. Lucky for me, because of “landscape registry,”… Read more »

The four most important reasons to stop spraying your lawn

Raise your hand if you have applied weed & feed, roundup, broadleaf herbicide, or any other chemical weed killer to your lawn this year. Was it worth your time? Worth your money? Worth the risks to living things and our environment? I know what you’re thinking: not another soapbox preacher! I am so tired of people telling me what to… Read more »

Clubfoot: “The best kind of deformity.”

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For 1/2 of my 3rd pregnancy, I was operating under the assumption that my child did not have Down syndrome (incorrect) and did have bilateral clubfoot (correct). My feelings the day of the ultrasound, as I wrote in the diagnosis story, were of grief and fear of the unknown.  I didn’t go crazy doing research because Dr. Google can be… Read more »