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Five months pregnant, and my body has kicked in with some vicious pain. The left side of me is entirely unscathed. But on the right side, something’s going on between my back and my hip that’s making it excruciating to sit, … Continue reading

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The “white tribe” tweet and uneasy unbelongingness

So the following little Twitter conversation turned up on my feed today: Now Twitter is a funny place. It’s a place of public conversation and dialogue, but it’s also a place where, in a way, we eavesdrop on each other’s … Continue reading

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Kate, William and the horn of the rhino

Dear William and Kate It’s getting a bit disturbing, isn’t it? The phalanx of paparazzi staking out the hospital. The Australian prank caller. The fictional royal baby tweeting on behalf of a blastocyte. I have an admission to make. I … Continue reading

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Travel and returning

I wrote this on my way home from Jamaica a week and a bit ago. I let it settle for a bit before posting it here, but a conversation on the weekend reminded me of it. Travel and returning I … Continue reading

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Rethinking mistakes

The NY Times recently posted an article entitled “What if the secret to success is failure?” (Thank you to Jeanine from Going Coastal for the link to that.) It’s an ancient and fruitful idea, really. Serendipitously, I received the link … Continue reading

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Open your eyes – a wish

OK, I’m putting a big wish out there, and sending this one out into the world, fascinated to see what might come back. The UN has put out an invitation for anyone in the world to pitch an idea to … Continue reading

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I have been thinking a lot lately about anger. What do you do when you get angry? What’s the point of getting angry? Does it have a purpose? Is there any way of dealing with anger that doesn’t simply stir … Continue reading

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A wise friend on the inspiration of cookbooks

A wise and kind friend said to me yesterday: “The point of recipe books is to inspire you about food, to inspire you to get into the kitchen and make something. Once you are there, it’s quite permissible to make … Continue reading

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Beefed up, free-range…

Ethical omnivorism is a tough call. I mean, my vegetarian years (all 15 of them) called for a kind of well-formulated ethical and political stance when it came to food. I thought vegetarians were people that thought carefully about what … Continue reading

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Alfie Kohn on “Supernanny”

Atrocious Advice from “Supernanny” By Alfie Kohn [This is a slightly expanded version of the published article, which was titled “Supernanny State.”] A despot welcomes a riot. Disorder provides an excuse to rescind liberties in order to restore calm. There … Continue reading

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