It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see ~ Henry David Thoreau

HuffPo: 6 Ways to Cope with Trump’s Win (or How Not to Make Your Trump Voter Relationships Worse)

Posted November 19th, 2016 on Huffington Post. My husband was worried about me as the election returns came in. “Why are you so damn calm? She’s losing in some important states and you seem fine. It’s scary.” “Because she’s going to win. I know it.” I knew it the day she announced her run. I knew it because despite well-funded,…

The split mind of postpartum depression

In a quiet, distant voice I tell my husband Mark that I want to die. Not exactly dead, I clarify, but not this. I tell him not to worry. I tell him love, guilt, duty will always matter more. I promise. But he has to understand, he has to reconcile what I’m saying with the fact that I love him, that I…

Iodine: The Critical But Forgotten Mineral

  You’ve You’ve probably noticed the small disclaimer on every salt package, “This salt supplies iodide, a necessary nutrient,” or “This salt does not contain iodide, a necessary nutrient.” But have you ever wondered why? Iodine is a trace element essential for a number of critical functions in the body, including fetal brain development, immune support, and thyroid and breast health. Yet…

4 Parent Myths About College Admissions

Originally published on Parent.co. If you have a college-bound kid, I know you’re feeling it. The anxiety. The competition. The intensity. The bombardment of well-meaning but sometimes conflicting advice from other parents. I almost lost my mind trying to keep up with the list of do’s and don’ts of college admissions. The fact is, requirements vary radically across campuses. Some schools focus…

The Anti-Anxiety Chemical Phenibut. Benefits and Dangers.

Excerpted from Corpina’s article, “Phenibut’s INSANE Benefits and Brutally Awful Side Effects”  Phenibut is commonly used as a nootropic, an anti-anxiety medication, and sleep aid. Everyone’s always asking me how much they should take. Here’s my answer…   Everyone’s phenibut experience is unique, but in general, men should take about 2 – 2.5 grams and women 1 – 1.2 grams of…

HuffPo: Oh How I Miss The Days Of Presidential Dignity

The problem isn’t just about politics anymore, it’s about Trump, the very-bad-no-good person in the Oval Office. It’s about the impenetrable bond between Trump and his most loyal, rabid fans who refuse to see this guy as anything but their nation’s over due bad-ass savior, and a victim of a media witch hunt. Perhaps to admit Trump’s grave character flaws…

The First Amendment And What It Means For Free Speech Online

Written by Sam Cook The internet as we know it is nearly 30 years old. Sure, the web is a bit more complicated — and more intricately connected — than it was 30 years ago, but it’s no less of a modern Wild West today than it was in the 90s (although you may need to dig deep into the darknet to…

Killing God Softly

…I have no doubt I helped destroy my daughter’s faith in God. As Tina grew up, my higher power shifted from a His Will Be Done Christian to a genderless “divine force in the universe” with good intentions and a wry sense of humor. It’s pretty hard for kids to grab on to God when God is radiant healing energy…

Fluid Gender Identity. I Don’t Understand, But I’m Trying.

When I say confused I’m not saying anything is wrong with the spectrum and fluidity of gender identity; I’m saying I don’t understand how someone can feel like a man one day, female the next or at any given moment, somewhere in-between or entirely genderless? But to quote my 19 year-old daughter, “Mom you don’t need to understand something to…

On Grown & Flown

I’m delighted I found Grown & Flown, a website and blog about parenting older kids (ages 15 to 25). Grown & Flown recently published my essay “Why I Stopped Worrying If My College Daughter Was Lonely” Tina is a thousand times more self-loving and grounded than I was at her age. This is probably why I keep asking if she’s…

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