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Monthly Archive for September, 2009

My daughter recently lost a tooth. She really lost it, too, since she was eating a bagel at the time. It got swallowed, never to be seen again. I warned her ahead of time that it was ready to fall out. I even asked her to let me help the loss along. I told her [...]

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I was just browsing the New York Times online and came across a recent Really? column about sleep. (BTW: My story about neti pots pre-dated the one on the NYT’s Web site by three days. Sigh.) The gist of the story: People who sleep more are less likely to get colds. But, according to my [...]

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I’ve been trying to promote my blog so that more people read it. Not that I don’t love the four people who take the time to look at my posts, but this blog is more than just a hobby. It’s a means to an end…but I digress. Anyway, I’ve been spending time looking at other [...]

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Do you know why sick people get fevers? Basically, a fever is our body’s way of making itself less hospitable to viruses and bacteria. The warmer it gets in there, the harder it is for those bugs to stick around. This is why my pediatrician has always told me not to give fever reducers unless [...]

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It came to me in a rather unique way. I was co-chairing ASJA‘s Personal Pitch program — one of the events at our annual writer’s conference — a few years ago. We put out feelers to PR folks asking them for 100 or so giveaways for the editor gift bags we were putting together. One [...]

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Midwives are Not the Devil

“I wish you would go to a real doctor.” We were standing in the kitchen. My mom had only found out I was pregnant a few days prior, and she was already haranguing me about my choices. When I had Big Girl, I had a midwife. I also had a mental block, and an 8 [...]

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Trader Joe’s disappointed me. It’s usually my favorite grocery store — closer than Whole Foods, and a heck of a lot less expensive. But last week as I was picking up my dishwashing soap (TJ’s Next To Godliness Automatic Dishwashing powder), my eyes were drawn to a bottle sitting right above it. A small bottle [...]

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The guy seemed nice enough. He was a student collecting signatures for The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and he knocked on my door. I was just about to give him mine when he did the unthinkable — he reached over and shook my hand. I hastily signed his petition and closed the [...]

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It Can’t Be Contained

This morning, as I stood there making my daughter’s school lunch, I had to stop for a moment. Her lunch (a bagel with cream cheese) was slightly thicker than a sandwich. What, I wondered, could I wrap it in? It wouldn’t fit into my BPA-free sandwich container. None of my choices were what I would [...]

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Michael Pollan wrote a thought-provoking op-ed in the September 9 issue of The New York Times. His theory, according to the article entitled Big Food vs. Big Insurance, is that healthcare reform will have a profound effect on our quality of food. His proof: a report by the Centers of Disease Control and prevention that [...]

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