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After years and years of spending my life on a mat, it’s been more than three years since I’ve done an actual yoga class. I have my injuries — and an obscure condition called vestibular migraine — to thank for that. About three years ago I suffered a nasty, horrible concussion. I got chronic daily [...]

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One Tall, One Short

It was Ash Wednesday and my family was attending the 7:30 mass together. When it was our turn for communion we filed up one at a time. When it was my little one’s turn, the Eucharistic minister stopped, stared at her and asked her a question: “Are you old enough for communion? Have you celebrated [...]

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“Did she wear her helmet?” It was the first question I asked when my husband and youngest came into the house. “Yes,” he explained grimly. “She was the only kid at the birthday wearing one, but she wore it.” He walked past me shaking his head. My little one danced around me, chattering about the [...]

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A few nights ago I sat outside a middle school gym waiting for my older daughter’s volleyball practice to end. I started making small talk with one of the other moms. “Which team was your daughter on last year,” I asked her. She looked at me a little funny before answering. “Your daughter’s! They have [...]

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Phasing Out Flossing?

As a journalist, I get lots of press releases that pop into my inbox. This week I was inundated with folks reacting to and pitching stories about an Associated Press investigation about flossing. Seems the AP story says there is “little proof” that flossing is beneficial. This blows my mind! One of the reasons I [...]

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Sunburn Hurts — Inside and Out

My children are milk white just like their mother. The kind of milk white that burns and never tans — ever. It’s sort of sad, really, especially since I am half Italian on my mother’s side. She is not milk white. She gets so dark in the summer that, way back when, someone asked her [...]

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Afraid of Open Windows

I could go so many ways with this blog; There are so many definitions of an open window. For instance, I could use it for a metaphor for my life except…in this case I am actually talking about my own daughter who is afraid of open windows. Glass and wood windows. Those things on every [...]

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I’ve seen a lot of doctors over the past 20 months. A lot. Recently, I went to an endocrinologist for some routine blood work. While I was there the doctor decided she wanted me to get a thyroid sonogram and a bone density test. I asked her why. She felt a nodule on the thyroid, [...]

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While I have lost a lot over the course of my concussion recovery — money, time with my kids, memories, a feeling of safety, 15 pounds — one of the things I mourn the most is friendship. When you are ill with a chronic issue (and in my case that would be chronic, daily vestibular [...]

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The Environmental Working Group this week announced its 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produceā„¢. It’s something I have always read and followed. Basically, the list details the fruits and vegetables with the highest amounts of pesticide residue. This year, strawberries top the list. Considering the average American eats about eight pounds of strawberries every [...]

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