Archive for January 2011

Think Before You Speak

I am constantly amazed and reminded by the listening skills my children have. At one extreme I wonder why they can’t hear me tell them to put on their pajamas or brush their teeth, yet I know their hearing is just fine with they recite every word I say especially when I am not even talking to them. It is... Read more »

An Eight Year Old's Memory of The Challenger

An Eight Year Old's Memory of The Challenger
Twenty-five years ago today I was eight years old and home from school sick.  For some reason my mom and I had to go to a locally owned convenient store called Garritys, I presume to pick up orange juice and chicken soup for my cold.  I remember my mom and I listening to the radio in the car... Read more »

The Secret Babysitter

I have never been a huge television watcher. I can’t recall much television in my childhood besides Pinwheel, Double Dare and Love Boat.  As a teenager, I remember being told that I could not watch 90210 until my homework was done.  This was the original Beverly Hills, 90210, not the remake with the way too skinny... Read more »
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Don't Judge Me, Please

Don't Judge Me, Please
An important yogic principle is that of no judgment.  Ahimsa meaning non-violence explains the need for lack of violence in body, speech and especially thought.  Ahimsa is a challenge for experienced and novice yoga students to enter a crowded class and not judge all the skinnier, stronger and more experienced yogis effortlessly flowing into complicated poses.  Goswami Kriyananda explains that when... Read more »

Is My Wine Making Me Fat?

Is My Wine Making Me Fat?
My goal is to eat healthy.  I start my day with cereal, berries, almond milk and coffee.  I usually enjoy salads for lunch and exercise most days.  Then the clock strikes five and I reward myself with a glass of wine.  I don’t know how many calories are in a glass of wine, but once I sip it my menu plan goes out the window.  No... Read more »

How I'm Standing Taller

This weekend I treated myself to the knowledgeable and funny Rita Knorr’s Twisting Workshop at Self Centered Yoga.  I was prepared to work on intricate binds and challenging twists.  While we did spend time twisting, the main emphasis was on lengthening the side body.  I found it fascinating and effective spending so much time elongating our thoracic spine... Read more »
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Please Help Me Feed My Family

Please Help Me Feed My Family
The single most stressful part of my day is not my concern for my kids’ safety.  Not my worry to pay all of our bills on time.  No, the single most stressful part of my day is what to make for dinner. There are four factors that make this decision difficult. 1.  My husband eats... Read more »

Pink or Blue or Everything In Between

Pink or Blue or Everything In Between
While waiting in line today at Walgreens, a chatty woman commented on how adorable my two-year-old daughter was.  Since I was feeling frustrated after cleaning up the entire toothbrush aisle that she had just destroyed I commented, “She may look cute, but she isn’t” or something to that affect.    This caused the lady behind the... Read more »

Don't Hate Me Because I Vaccinate My Kids

Don't Hate Me Because I Vaccinate My Kids
It was reported this week that the study linking vaccines to autism were fraudulent.  This research has resulted in personal worry, stress, questioning and concern for myself and millions of other mothers, fathers and family members worldwide. I have a confession: my children are vaccinated.  This wasn’t a haphazard decision.  I researched and discussed with my doctors... Read more »
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My New Years Resolution

My New Year’s Resolution can be summed up in one word. If I can conquer this 8-letter word, my entire family and self will benefit. It is hard.  Trying to get my 2 year old dressed, change her diaper or brush her hair, listening to my chatty 5 year old ask over and over again to watch a... Read more »
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