Archive for July, 2008

Once Upon a Time

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008   Once Upon a Time   When my “to do” list is longer than the time in which to do it, I take a deep breath and wonder: What would Mrs. Hood do? (WWMHD?) Mrs. Hood was my kindergarten teacher. We loved her. She had an entourage of adoring kids constantly

Together at the Table

THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2008   Together at the Table   If you’re searching for the magic bullet of wellness, the family meal is one of your best bets. Before you sigh and say, “That’s never gonna happen,” please know I’m not talking turkey with all the trimmings. I’m suggesting families gather ’round the table with

Getting On Your Nerves

MONDAY, JULY 21, 2008   Getting On Your Nerves   Sometimes, little things bother us: Crumbs left on the counter; a squeaky car door; nose-prints that mysteriously appear on the sliding glass door. If we let the little things bug us, day after day, they can nibble away at our sanity. In the October 2002

Living like Leonardo

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 Living like Leonardo Leonardo da Vinci was a scientist, inventor, engineer, architect, musician, writer and artist. Beyond his accomplishments, what made him extraordinary was his curiosity, sense of wonder, appreciation for and enjoyment of life. In the book How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael

The Memory Keepers

FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 The Memory Keepers Yesterday, we stopped at a gas station after my daughter’s softball game. “Mom,” she said sweetly, “Can you get me something to drink?” That jump-started my internal dialogue: “She’s 15 and entirely capable of getting her own,” said Hard-Core Mom. “But,” said Sympathetic Mom, “She’s the innocent victim

Therapy for Timid Tasters

SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2008   Therapy for Timid Tasters   Hummus and falafel In the past two posts, we talked about how enjoying a variety of healthful foods can transform eating into a nutrient-rich adventure. But what about people who don’t like to try new foods? Most young children are naturally food neophobic, or afraid of new

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