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Appropriation or Celebration?

I hate labels, but if you force my hand, I would say that I am a liberal. There is no “but.” I really dig those human rights, equality and social justice. I am not a fan of bad people, which isn’t to say that non-liberals are bad people. I know a few handfuls? There are also some really bad liberals out there. We are experiencing societal IBS, and just like IBS, we are treating it with all the wrong stuff.  The irony of ironies is that, I, of all people, would be writing this, given that I have spent most [...]

By |2021-10-29T13:16:41-04:00October 29th, 2021|

Farm Bathing in Vermont

In Japan, they have something called forest bathing or shinrin-yoku. It is the act of making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest, not just walking through the forest. This is why I am calling my family’s recent “glamping” trip on a farm in Vermont “Farm Bathing.” I immersed myself in the land, gave my mind, body, and spirit to many mosquitoes, and may have taken the lives of several tiny moths up the nose. Why am I taking the time to write about Farm Bathing when I spent a good portion of the 3.5 days donating [...]

By |2021-09-24T20:15:29-04:00September 22nd, 2021|

Dear Kids, Trump was kinda my fault and that’s why I must make peace with this shit show.

I don’t know about you, but ever since Donald Trump entered the presidential race in the first place and then proceeded to “win” said race, I have not been a well woman. Fast forward to the last few months, and I can tell you that I have not experienced this much continual anxiety, anger and sadness since... I can’t remember - and I had a weird childhood. Every day, I wake up with a heaviness in my heart, and I rack my brain for how anyone can possibly give this person another four years. I won’t recite the litany of [...]

By |2020-10-29T16:07:32-04:00October 29th, 2020|

Mothers of sons. The future of humanity is in our hands.

(Inspired by a chapter called “Boys” in Glennon Doyle’s latest book, Untamed.) The best thing that you can do is pick up Glennon’s book (you know, because she and I are on a first name basis) and read it, but read the chapter called “Boys” five times and ask everyone you know to read it too. I have a son. He is five and, already, I have noticed how my husband, and even myself, are contributing to raising a boy who grows up to be the prevalent male archetype. The kind of man who is not comfortable with emotions. The [...]

By |2020-07-13T22:06:07-04:00July 13th, 2020|

Jade Makes Cakes

When folks discuss foodie towns in New York, White Plains doesn’t roll off the tongue, but there is some serious talent on the rise around these parts and you are about to learn about one. Jade Goodman Jade Goodman bakes for smiles. When asked why she got into baking cakes, she simply said, “I love birthdays! I love to see the smile on someone’s face when they see their cake.”, but she didn’t begin baking competition-worthy cakes until only a few years ago. Jade grew up in Dexter, Iowa. Population 575. She was one of 52 people in her graduating [...]

By |2020-05-30T11:10:00-04:00May 27th, 2020|