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We went to Big Girl’s 10-year-old well visit. To quote my doctor, “There’s nothing going on at all,” on the puberty front. She really didn’t have to tell me that. (Although, yes, I asked.) The kid is skinny and tall and as flat as a board. There’s no hair anywhere except her head. Thank goodness. [...]

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Big Girl is eight. She looks it. Tall, yes, but skinny and straight and flat as a board. Not a curve in sight. Some of her friends, however, may be eight, but they are eight going on 17. When I look at them I see little girls with hair under their arms (they make fun [...]

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There’s a diner close by that makes THE best lentil soup. I love lentil soup. I could eat it every day. About a week ago I asked the owner if they did take-out in larger quantities. I wanted at least a quart so I could freeze small portions for later use. Yes, she said, showing [...]

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By now, you’ve probably heard about Bisphenol-A or BPA, a chemical that’s used to manufacture non-rigid┬ápolycarbonate plastics such as take-home food containers as well as epoxy resins, found inside cans and the lids of glass bottles. It can also be found in cash register receipts. This week, The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine [...]

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We get all our ice cream cakes from a little, family-owned ice cream shop called Marshall’s Ice Cream Bar. They are heavenly. Different soft-serve flavors sandwiched in between hot fudge, crunchies, and whatever else you want. Our favorite is usually black raspberry and chocolate. The owners personally take your order. It’s always a nice experience [...]

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Every morning Big Girl and Little Girl have cereal and yogurt. It’s organic yogurt free of artificial flavors and colors, but I still wonder how healthy it is. You see, it comes in a big plastic tub. I believe the tub is BPA-free, but I can’t really be absolutely sure, can I? I looked it [...]

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Until recently, I was not a coffee drinker. I couldn’t understand what the appeal was, quite honestly. Every time I saw a Facebook update that mentioned coffee, my eyes sort of glazed over. Sometime over last summer, though, I got it. It was really hot here. Everywhere I looked someone was drinking an iced coffee. [...]

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One of the most wasteful places, in my opinion, is the school lunchroom. Lots, and I do mean LOTS, of single-serve containers, wrappers, and packages. Take fruit leather, for example. They usually come in a box, each fruit bar individually wrapped. The boxes cost $4 for eight. (Or about $.50 each.) Recently, I came upon [...]

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A Facebook friend posted a link today. It was from The Today Show — a segment about early puberty. It was pretty shocking. The segment was based on a new Pediatrics study — Pubertal Assessment Method and Baseline Characteristics in a Mixed Longitudinal Study of Girls — looked at girls ages 6 to 8 who [...]

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Yesterday the President’s Cancer Panel — I can’t believe I didn’t know it existed — released its most recent annual report, Reducing Environmental Risk: What We Can Do Now. Download it. It’s worth a read. The report explains that, in 2009, more than 1.5 American men, women and children were diagnosed with cancer, and 562,000 [...]

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