Colombian Women’s Cycling Team’s Ladybits Set the Internet’s Hair on Fire

Apparently, women cyclists in Bogota, Colombia, shocked the world with their new uniforms. Pearls were clutched! Fainting couches broke the falls of swooners! What caused such an outrage? The swath of fabric that covers the cyclists’ pelvic region was “flesh” tone or, as other described it—“NUDE.” (Well, it’s “flesh” tone or “nude” if you’re white,... Read more »

Understanding Trauma Through the Story of Swimmy

When my son was little, he loved the story Swimmy by Leo Lionni. It’s about a little black fish—Swimmy—and all his little red fish friends. The story starts with all the fish swimming around and playing, but then a “big bad tuna” comes and eats all the red fish. Swimmy hides and is heartbroken over... Read more »

“Can We Talk?” … About Fat Shaming?

Following the death of comedic icon Joan Rivers, NPR’s “Fresh Air” played excerpts from interviews she has done throughout the years. In 1991, she told Terry Gross that she constantly dieted and believed that she was fat. Gross seemed perplexed by this, stating “But you’re so thin. Do you really believe that you’re fat?” Rivers... Read more »

A Sorting Hat for the Soul

When my son was in third grade, we threw him a Harry Potter–themed birthday party. It was so much fun. We had herbology class, divination, potions, and a quidditch practice. We decorated wands and ate chocolate frogs. But before all these activities began, we had to sort the kids. If you have never read any... Read more »

Our Bodies Do Not Need to Be Tamed

I admire and respect teachers, but I could never be one. Just the notion of having to be “on” for practically the whole day makes my stomach hurt. And although each grade level has fairly consistent academic expectations, the students are anything but uniform. They have different personalities, temperaments, and energy levels. The student who... Read more »

Out of the Mouths of Body-Conscious Babes

While waiting for my son to finish up in his Tae Kwon Do class, I had the following conversation with a little girl. Little girl: It’s my birthday today! Me: Happy birthday! How old are you? Little girl: I’m 8. Me: Wow, that’s a fun age. Little girl: But I’m too tall. Me: [blink…blink] Too... Read more »

Mindfulness—Julia Child Style

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I love Julia Child. She packed a lot of living into her 92 years and I have always found her story to be inspiring. From her time with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II to her groundbreaking work in the culinary arts, she embodied self-reinvention and zest for life. Her television... Read more »

“Orange Is the New Black”: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

I was a bit late to the OITNB bandwagon and only recently finished watching season 2. Don’t worry—I won’t spoil it. (But Miss Rosa! AH!) I was a bit leery when I first heard about the show’s premise. Women’s prison? Of course when it debuted on Netflix, the buzz centered on the show’s nudity and... Read more »

The Kindness of Good Posture

For as long as I can remember, standing up straight has been a challenge for me. I think it goes back to when I was a kid. I was a tall child—and everyone commented on it. “She’s going to be so tall when she grows up!” “How old is she? She’s sooooo tall!” I became... Read more »

The Life Cycle of the Damselfly and Other Lessons Learned from Nature

My apologies for the lack of posts the last few days. The family and I travevlled north for our annual Door County, Wisconsin, vacation. We’ve been going up there since 2004, and I always find the trip to be the perfect reset button for me at the end of the summer. Our son was 3... Read more »
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    Raised in the 'burbs, I currently live with my husband, teen-aged son, and a Westie with a mind of his own. I have a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling and am working at The Awakening Center, a practice with offices in Lakeview, Des Plaines, and Millennium Park. Follow me on Twitter @ngh65.

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