Monthly Archives: December 2007


I’m developing a blogger-crush on the Pioneer Woman: first, it’s the calendar, with a portion of the profits going to the Special Olympics (I received mine and it’s beautiful); now, it’s this post about her brother, Mike, and his methods … Continue reading

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A conversation about writing with author Suzanne Kamata

Suzanne Kamata, of the blog Gaijin Mama, has written short stories, essays, articles and book reviews that have appeared in more than 100 publications, including New York Stories, Calyx, Crab Orchard Review, Pleiades, Kyoto Journal, The Utne Reader, The Japan … Continue reading

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Red and green and blue

It’s Thursday again, already! This week for “A Little More” at ParentDish, I write about what comes after Christmas, when you’re a 4-year-old: if it were a children’s book, it would be called, “The Very Very Sad Day When Nothing … Continue reading

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A gift for you

This week’s “A Little More” post at ParentDish is up. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from our house to yours!

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More on the Kennedy-Brownback Bill

This information is from Leticia, who blogs at Cause of Our Joy: NDSC and NDSS have been following this bill, the “Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act,” S. 1810, since its introduction in 2005 and successfully promoted improved language … Continue reading

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News from ACOG….

Patricia E. Bauer has a post up about the newest American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) guidelines that continue to widen the scope of recommended prenatal care. Just about a year ago, ACOG released guidelines that opened prenatal screening … Continue reading

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Snow angels

Guess what happened at our house? It snowed! I write about it this week for “A Little More” at ParentDish.

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40% off!

I’ve written before about Brighter Minds Media, because they have terrific products and they are a company I feel good about supporting. Lately, at our house, we’ve been loving “Moo, Moo Who are You?” and “Feeling Happy” and “Guess Who … Continue reading

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Just for fun

Jodi at Reimer Reason has written a beautiful “I Am” poem, and has been working with other moms as they write their own poems. Here is the template: I AM (title) I am (fill in the blank) I am a … Continue reading

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It’s a mamazine week! I have a new “Off the Beaten Path” post up about making chokecherry jelly, and how its fiery red color makes me think of the summer, and the heat, and mostly, wildfires.

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Gifts for Children with Special Needs

Last year, Dream Mom wrote a terrific post about gift ideas for kids with special needs; to read her suggestions, go here. I love this list for many reasons, but mostly, I love it because the items are simple toys … Continue reading

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When mom is sick

We’ve been sick all week, which is like traveling to a different planet, where everything seems suspicious and full of doom. How is it that after each runny nose, each cold, each cough, once we’ve returned to good health, I … Continue reading

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Catching up

The kids and I have had a stomach bug and as Bennett would say, I’ve been getting behind-er and behind-er. There are so many things to post about! There’s this beautiful award from Killashandra of Full Time in NM: when … Continue reading

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This incredible abstract painting is from the artist Lucy Mink. She sent it to me in the “31 for 21: Get it Down!” secret blogger exchange. (My secret blogger was the Upstate Update.) The gift was supposed to cost $10 … Continue reading

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Bennett says:

“You’re a pee-pee head!” I say: “We don’t call people pee-pee heads.” Bennett says: “You’re a fancy-pants!” Tom says, to me: “I think I’d rather be a pee-pee head than a fancy-pants.”

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