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American Academy of Pediatrics Retracts Statement, Had No Intention to Harm

Even though it’s Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Judy Palfrey, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found time to call me back to discuss the press release that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) sent yesterday about their position on clitorial “nicks.” In that release, the AAP made it absolutely clear that as an organization they are against any form of female genital mutilation and that they categorically retract the 2010 policy statement about female genital cutting. In their own words: “The AAP... read more

Just Relax!

If you are trying to get pregnant and it’s taking longer than you’d hoped, Just Relax! Ha ha. That was a joke. A little infertility humor, if you will. Because you will hear those two words over and over again. Doctors and practitioners love giving this advice. As do friends, family, and acquaintances. Years ago, when my friend Kari* was having trouble conceiving, I took her aside and told her the story my parents told me. They had tried and tried for a baby and couldn’t get pregnant. At the doctor’s office, the M.D. said, “Just relax.” So my parents took a... read more


Venice Beach Dear friends, You can read these affirmations aloud, copy them down, paste them to your mirror…Share your own affirmations…this list is ripe to be added to! Inhale, Exhale, and… I have enough love in my heart for all the people who need me. I parent with love and I love parenting. I take a breath when I get overwhelmed. I allow enough time for transitions. I let go of the hard moments. I fully enjoy the good times. I trust my intuition. I lead with my heart. My... read more

The Suck Factor of Life Balance + Passion as a Cure to Stress

I no sooner want to be balanced than I want to be a “good” girl. “Balance” is not something I want to live down to. - me If consensus is overrated, I think balance is too. I have no interest in living a balanced life. I want a life of adventure. - Chris Guillebeau In the end, the quest for balance is bogus. Love your burdens. Love them hard. And when your loves knock you down or your weak ankles trip you up, stop worrying about balancing – ‘cuz you’re not – and bounce. - Kelly Diels Life balance. Low fat cheese. Walking shoes.... read more

Love Sucks, But You Can'’t Beat It

WARNING: if you’re a hopeless romantic, searching for Prince Charming or Miss Marvelous, you better leave now. Because I’m about steamroll any Disney-drenched happily-ever-after scenarios. I’m starting my engine. Go now while your ideals are still in tact. You can get yourself some Danielle Steel on Kindle. Okay…I warned you. “What’s with everyone going on about the ‘hard work’ of marriage?” I used to think. “If it’s so hard it musn’t be true love. True love has a meant-to-be-ness about it that’s gotta make everything easier. Like, if it’s THAT hard,... read more

Super hero syndrome + the practical response to crazy ambition

or, “How to Accomplish Great Big Stuff in a Short Amount of Time” Technically speaking I created THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS in under twelve weeks. The holy spirit of digital love and audacity entered my soul and MacBook Pro and said: GO FORTH AND CRANK IT, LAPORTE! Maybe it’s Catholic residue, but I felt called. So I set an impossible deadline for myself and I declared that the e-book was done — that it actually existed somewhere on the cosmos already, and all I needed to do was pull it down from the ether into pixel form. I was crazy. Ca-ra-zee. It’s a... read more

The Rubberband of Marriage

Up & Down Three young children ain’t for the weak of heart. Grown up needs aren’t always met and sometimes, tensions mount. How do we reconcile ourselves to this, we the generation of pleasure seeking, goal attaining, push-the-envelope, follow your heart, live by your dream, passionate participants in life? An analogy that has come to me lately is that of a rubberband. My husband and I have been together thirteen years and right now the rubberband of our marriage is stretched wide. Luckily, ours is a thick rubberband that springs back to a small circle... read more

Supporting Self-Care

Taking Off, by Chantey Dayal by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca – Find Mama Renew on Facebook & Twitter I’ve been on my own with our children for the past four days.  This isn’t all that unusual – over our 8 years of parenting there have been many times when my husband has needed to go away for his work – sometimes for a few days, sometimes for a few weeks.  I fully admit that I have at times felt “stuck” when he’s been out of town, overwhelmed by the sudden reality of single parenting and more than a bit envious of his time... read more

What Would Love Do?

We crave it. We die for it. We try to pay for it. We aspire, we mire, we miss the mark. In the unending, coiling, incessant pursuit of being right and good enough to find love and get love and give love, we forget about the very nature of love itself. Love gets buried beneath political correctness and spirituality; behind “I” statements and neutrality; tradition, company policy, apparently healthy boundaries and self protection; and commonsense. The understandable, habitual structures of thought that keep our egos from being derailed can effectively keep... read more

Multi-tasking Mama

by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca – Find Mama Renew on Facebook & Twitter First week of school and I feel a little bit like this: “He threw himself on his horse and rode off in all directions.” - Don Quixote I know….just two weeks ago I wrote about how much I was looking forward to the ritual and rhythm of school.  Still true, do not consider this a reconsideration of my declaration. However…we’re short a pair of rain pants, my older son’s boots are too small, I have a very long To Do list, I’ve got a rehearsal tonight for the... read more

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