The last week of my daughter’s summer camp, the school year is officially days away, and Wednesday was just another day...at first. Let’s start by saying my daughter’s school doubles as a summer camp. I got beyond lucky with this school because it’s a private school that does before and after school care and has … Continue reading That Was TOO Close
Early this year, I sold a small organic farm on the outskirts of our city, and moved back into the suburbs.
I didn’t really have a choice, to be honest. I was divorcing, and the place needed to be sold for financial reasons anyway.
But prior to that, being on the farm for nearly a decade had made me rethink what sustainability means, and how we can move forward in a world that seems intent on, well, not moving forward much at all.
Petrol…the fly in the ointment
We were extremely car-dependent at the farm. There was no public transport. The nearest supermarket, bank, school – all of it was a drive away. There were no buses or trains. This was a huge hurdle to sustainability.
I was routinely spending $100 a week on petrol, and my partner…
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Do you get excited at the thought of the school year starting again; or are you one of the parents that dread it? Dread, yes, that’s what I said. I deal with the latter, utter dread. As parents, we have to keep our kids, especially younger ones, on some kind of schedule. We’re all … Continue reading A Mom’s Back to School Blues
Note: In cases of writing involving other people, I only use initials. These are my perspectives and feelings on situations that happen, and privacy is always maintained. On evenings when there is nice weather, after dinner has been eaten and my daughter put to bed, J and I usually sit outside for a while … Continue reading The Night I Shared Your Fear
Welcome, please come meet our blended, working-class family. We reside in northern Virginia and live in a teeny-tiny cramped house.
You’re fat. You’re ugly. Body shaming. What an ugly world we live in where both men and women are constantly put down and shamed over what they look like. What a harmful practice that has been thrust upon us. What defines beauty? Who is this enchanted being that decides what is attractive and what is … Continue reading Look Around, You’re Missing Out
Welcome to the age of veganism, the latest in healthy living that cuts off all meat and any products that come from animals. Goodbye dairy. Goodbye eggs. Goodbye flesh cut from a living being. To be clear, this is no intent to bash anyone and their choices. This plant and soy based diet leaves … Continue reading The Veganism Struggle