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If You’re Pregnant, The Swine Flu Vaccine May Not Be Safe

The Washington Post reported in early October that 28 pregnant women have died of the swine flu and the CDC specifies that pregnant women are at higher risk of death if they catch the swine flu, especially in the third trimester. An article in the November 3, 2009 British newspaper, the Telegraph, reiterates that pregnant women are at a proportionately high risk of having severe health problems from the swine flu. My father-in-law, who reads these kinds of mainstream newspapers and Web sites, has been so disturbed by the increased risk to pregnant women that... read more

who's in your support group?

I felt it shelter to speak to you. - Emily Dickinson We gather in a group to be witnessed, to be supported, and to be both equalized and elevated in our struggles, gifts and ambitions. Common ground is very fertile ground … it is, what Emerson calls, “…the common heart of which all sincere conversation is worship.” Where two or more are joined with the same intention, grace intensifies and solutions multiply. Belongingness heals and nourishes with its affirmative recognition that we are not alone. Simultaneously, we are able to experience our unity... read more

Interview with Moms Like Me

I was recently interviewed by MomsLikeMe.com, and I thought I’d share a snippet of the interview with the mamas here on Mothering.com. Without further ado: Q&A: Marketing and Motherhood Mold-Breaker Danielle LaPorte Danielle LaPorte. Writer. Motivational speaker. “Firestarter.” New-Age business advisor. “Super rogue” entrepreneurial creative force. Inventor of “white hot truths.” Mother. If you haven’t heard of Danielle, you need to stop what you’re doing and check her out at whitehottruth.com. While you’re at it, follow her on Twitter. You... read more

Natural Parenting Toolbox: 15 Minute Stress Relievers

It is easy to feel that you have no free time as a parent, but you can always find 15 minutes. Here are some things you can do in 15 minutes that will allow you to catch your breath and settle your mind: Take a walk Go to a park Take a bath Call a friend Read a poem Have a cup of tea Lie in the hammock Look at the clouds Sit by the fire Sit by the window Lie in the grass Lie on the floor Water the plants Give yourself a facial Read the headlines Sing a song Dance around the living room read more

Qualified requests: the formula for authentic askin'.

Just ask. Ask and It Is Given. Ask and you shall receive. Good things come to those who…ask. Agreed. Emphatically. Ask and keep asking. Ask the universe, your boss, your crush, bank manager, bus driver, car salesman…ask for what you want and keep on asking. But if you want to increase your odds of receptivity, you’ve got to go about it with some style, darling. The formula for stylin’ askin’ gets down to this: sincerity + brevity = intelligence. My Malcolm Gladwell Ask For my first book I wanted the best literary agent in the business. So I... read more

My Darling, Clementine

 By Michele Winkler Issue 106 May/June 2001 "What happened to Bambi's mother?" three-year-old Mira asks my husband. "Why can't she be with him anymore?" I have always explained that Bambi's mother was taking a nap, but Mira's dad tells her the truth. "Mom," she wails, running over to me. I glare at my husband and gather her in my arms. "Mom, please don't die. I'll miss you forever." I shift uncomfortably. "Look," I say, "everybody starts out as a baby, and then they grow up. After a long time, people grow to be very old, and then--well, it is just their time to die.... read more

Week Two: Body Tensing, Body Sensing

I meant to write this yesterday, but this week I’m a little behind on everything. I usually don’t give myself much slack, but with hubby away for three weeks the permission to slack off has been turned on. Example number one: an hour before he departed for the airport I flew to the store and bought the following items: 2 boxes of organic mini toaster waffles 2 boxes of chicken tikki massala frozen dinners 4 boxes of Amy’s organic pizza snacks 1 box of Pamela’s organic gluten free chocolate chip cookies (’cause mamma’s gotta... read more

on migraine action

Or INaction. Today, instead of my usual early-morning hike with Tim up the hill to his workplace and a run down the hill to the gym, my athletic activity has comprised sitting up. After a nightlong struggle to hang on to the bed and not lose any body parts through the threatening outheaval, I’m grateful to simply have the world around me sit still. Which is good, since we’ve got a magazine to make and deadlines to meet. On the up side, I’ve found that, when I’m in Migraine Land, my subconscious often shows up and negotiates creative solutions to design... read more

The #1 rule for success, and the greatest pearl of wisdom I can offer you (seriously.)

In one form or another, I’ve been asked this question a few hundred times: What’s the secret to success? Variations: What’s the single most important thing you’ve learned on your journey? What’s your key piece of advice for meaningful livelihood? What’s the greatest cause of failure? How do we overcome fear? What’s your pearl of wisdom for getting unstuck? Here it is. You heard it here first, lovahs. The secret to success: Do what you say you’re going to do. No need to read any further really. If we... read more


Beth, our yoga instructor, took a dry erase marker and wrote a word I’d never seen before on the board: citta. “Citta. Anyone know what it means?” she asked. She pronounced the word chitta. I was attending an all-day fertility yoga workshop, and there were about ten of us sitting in a circle. Women began guessing: love breath wisdom “Um, it’s kind of a negative thing,” Beth hinted. I made no guesses. I was stumped. “Citta. Chatter. The stuff that goes on in our heads,” Beth said. “We have so much of it. A lot of it... read more

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