• (Full disclosure: In exchange for beautiful bouquets of my choice, I am writing this post for ProFlowers. All thoughts and opinions belong to me and the moms I chose as recipients. #CelebrateEveryMom is their hashtag, but the celebrations are all from the heart.) I lucked out, this spring, when I received a lovely email from… [Continue Reading]

    Mother’s Day: I #CelebrateEveryMom with ProFlowers!
  • There have been posts, so many, about direct sales, social media, annoying friends, empowering women, and they have made some good points. I’d like to suggest, however, that we are missing the useful lesson, which is that social media works when you feel connected to others, through Facebook, or Instagram, or Twitter, and it does… [Continue Reading]

    Social Media, Direct Sales, Sincerity: The Real Lesson
  • I didn’t want to post about this until something was working; it was too hard to wait, while doctors talked to each other and labs came in and the pharmacy waited to get a medication in stock. My labs show some evidence of over-active thyroid, but the endocrinologist I saw surprised me by looking for,… [Continue Reading]

    Cortisol & Childhood Trauma: Medical Mystery Update
  • This is not a post about Disney, or Cinderella, or the movie that I haven’t seen. This is a post about a post, by a mom who wants to explain “What Cinderella Teaches Girls About Abuse.” To paraphrase, she says that the movie teaches girls that the answer to all of life’s problems is to be kind,… [Continue Reading]

    Cinderella and Abuse: She Can’t “Just Leave”
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Mother’s Day: I #CelebrateEveryMom with ProFlowers!

(Full disclosure: In exchange for beautiful bouquets of my choice, I am writing this post for ProFlowers. All thoughts and opinions belong to me and the moms I chose as recipients. #CelebrateEveryMom is their hashtag, but the celebrations are all from the heart.) I lucked out, this spring, when I received a lovely email from […]

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Social Media, Direct Sales, Sincerity: The Real Lesson

There have been posts, so many, about direct sales, social media, annoying friends, empowering women, and they have made some good points. I’d like to suggest, however, that we are missing the useful lesson, which is that social media works when you feel connected to others, through Facebook, or Instagram, or Twitter, and it does […]

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Cortisol & Childhood Trauma: Medical Mystery Update

I didn’t want to post about this until something was working; it was too hard to wait, while doctors talked to each other and labs came in and the pharmacy waited to get a medication in stock. My labs show some evidence of over-active thyroid, but the endocrinologist I saw surprised me by looking for, […]

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Cinderella and Abuse: She Can’t “Just Leave”

This is not a post about Disney, or Cinderella, or the movie that I haven’t seen. This is a post about a post, by a mom who wants to explain “What Cinderella Teaches Girls About Abuse.” To paraphrase, she says that the movie teaches girls that the answer to all of life’s problems is to be kind, […]

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Medical Mystery, 27 Months Postpartum

Fair warning: I’m going to swear, at the end of this. Something is very wrong. At first, I thought that I was exhausted from holiday travel, and I assumed that this had triggered mid-winter depression. It’s not uncommon. I asked my psychiatrist for a higher dose of anti-depressants and bought a sun lamp. It let […]

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Fear and Friendship: Repairing the Damage

This week was unexpectedly intense, in my online world; I wonder if there is a polarizing issue that didn’t come up, among my close friends. I have some distance, because I didn’t end up in the middle of anything, and I have so much empathy, for everyone. Not long ago, I hurt my friend. I […]

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Finding My Soul or, Mental Illness in The Snow Queen

I’ve been meaning to read this fairy tale for years, and I’m so glad I finally did. It’s beautiful, and it’s such a perfect illustration of everything it takes to overcome mental illness that I really have to share. (Pause: yes, this is the Hans Christian Andersen story they took as their inspiration for Frozen, but […]

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What “Small Business Saturday” Can Mean

With American Express promoting this Small Business Saturday idea, it can seem pretty distant. Their idyllic little shops don’t look much like the family businesses in my own neighborhood. Inside our little apartment, under my name, there are two small businesses trying to get their little engines up a very big hill towards Profits: Welcoming Birth, […]