Food Rules from a Fourth Grader

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 see the bottom of this post for details Today I am honored to introduce my very first Guest Blogger ever — my nine-year-old son, known to you all as The Boy. He read the Young Reader’s Edition of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and wrote this post with only a minimal … Continue reading

To the uneducated an “A” is just three sticks… or How to Raise a Clever Reader

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I’m not going to lie. I feel a little bit uncomfortable writing this post… but one of the kids’ teachers asked me to. Why? Because my Pixie–my just-barely-turned-six kindergartner–has to leave her kindergarten classroom every day to go have English/Language Arts with the big kids. She has read The Wonderful … Continue reading

26 Books to Help Celebrate the Return of Light

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Whether you are Christian, Pagan, or Jewish, or whether you celebrate Kwanzaa or a very secular Santa Clause-and-tinsel sort of holiday season, no one in the Northern Hemisphere can fail to notice that the time leading up to this Season is marked by the days growing shorter and the nights … Continue reading

Werewolves, Vampires, and a Cup of Hot Chocolate

          My friend is coming over today. I expected her Tuesday, but then Life Happened. My life, as it turned out, rather than hers… which is somewhat out of the ordinary for us. My life is usually the boring one; Mercy’s is the interesting one. I have … Continue reading

Like “Insulin for Diabetes” … Or Not?

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            Are the very drugs we are taking to combat mental illness actually making us sick? This is one of the questions raised in Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker. And, after … Continue reading