With a chill in the night air and a few recent professional disappointments, the past couple weeks have been a time for long, hot showers. At night, the bathroom all steamy, I listen to the BBC News, which focuses on Africa in the evening and often serves as a reminder that, with my safe home and clean water, I’m still ahead by more than any of us deserve. No one can blame me for being rooted in my own life –– it’s an essential part of being human –– but remembering that all I have is mine by chance is good way to keep things in check. read more »
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As parents, Brian and I know firsthand how difficult it can be to feed children healthy meals and snacks. One of the paradoxes of living in a society when you can buy almost any kind of food at any time is that the abundance of food can make it harder to eat nutritious meals. I have no doubt that my great-great-great grandparents sat down uncomplainingly to a bowl of lima beans because if lima beans were on the table, then lima beans were what there was to eat. But when you know there’s a box of mac and cheese in the cabinet and a hot pizza is just a phone call away, it can be hard to count yourself as lucky to be tucking into a plate of vegetables. The result is that while many families would like to be healthier, when it comes to meal planning, they feel paralyzed. read more »
Food waste is a serious problem. According to the NRDC, American consumers waste a full 25 percent of the food they buy. This is alarming for several reasons. To start, wasted food also represents a waste of water, land, energy, and financial resources. After being discarded, that wasted food largely ends up in landfills, representing 16 percent of methane output in the US. read more »
There are people who make the world a far better place simply by living in it, and this week, we lost one of them.
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Lately, my go-to breakfast has been a big bowl of Greek yogurt with sliced fruit. After a few weeks of this, I started to crave a little crunch too. Enter toasted oats (I made mine with coconut, cinnamon, and a touch of honey). Similar to granola, these take just about 10 minutes to make. I like just a few tablespoons on my yogurt, but my daughters have been eating them by the spoonful. read more »
I’ve been feeling like a little bit of a mess lately––always disheveled and behind schedule. And the holidays add a little extra pressure to the mix. Besides all the things we actually have to do this time of year, there’s also a pressure to HAVE FUN. We must enjoy, savor, each passing moment. And the house should look immaculate while you do it. I’m doing my best to shrug things off and just let everyone be themselves this holiday, but all those perfect Pinterest trees, magazine cookies, and epic holiday tables can be hard to shake.
So it was a welcome reprieve when two really nice things happened this past weekend. read more »