With the birth of baby boy just 10 weeks (or so) away, I’ve been thinking about Ava a lot lately, specifically how fast she seems to be growing up. So I thought I’d take some time to reflect on my girl and where she’s at in this journey called life (and print it out for her baby book too). Ava is 26 months old (2 years and 2 months for those of you mathematically-challenged) and fiercely independent. She loves to do or try to do things on her own, but has learned to ask for help when she needs it instead of just getting frustratedRead More →

In addition to today marking the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, it is also the anniversary of another very significant (though perhaps lesser known) day in the history of the world. Sept. 11, 2006, marks 100 years to the day that Mahatma Gandhi launched the modern nonviolent resistance movement, called “satyagraha.” “Basic Principles Satyagraha can take different forms in different situations — indeed, many nonviolent practitioners believe, with Gandhi, that there is no situation, however extreme, in which it cannot work. There are certain basic principles, or enabling conditions, that most activists and scholars agree make up the core ofRead More →

This thought-provoking article about the state of the food system, Slow Food Nation, is definitely worth a read. In it, “…experts discuss the politics of food, and how it may be poisoning our bodies and our planet.” By now it is generally conceded that the food we eat could actually be making us sick, but we still haven’t acknowledged the full consequences — environmental, political, cultural, social and ethical — of our national diet. If you are concerned with your health, the health of your family (especially with regard to school cafeteria food), the environment or animal rights, I urge you to take some timeRead More →

I’m just not feeling the desire to blog the past few days. Not sure why exactly (could be things going on in my personal life, could be I’m feeling more introverted these days, could be cuz I’ve been busy nesting, or it could be a combo of things), but I’m sure it will pass. Anyway, I just wanted to pop on briefly to say “I ain’t writin’ today.” :oP

A friend gave me this recipe that she found on the ‘net for granola bars. I made them today and they are awesome! Ava likes them, I like them, Jody likes them. :) They are delicious! I have a feeling I’ll be making them often (especially now that I have a bunch of buckwheat and rice flour in my fridge.) ;) Granola Bars sans Allergies *Egg Substitute: 1 Rounded Tbsp of Flax Seed Meal (or grind flax seeds in food proc.) scant 1/3 c Boiling Water Dry Ingredients: 2 ½ C. Rolled Oats ¼ C. Flax Seeds ¼ C. Buckwheat Flour ¼ C. Rice FlourRead More →

It’s Sept. 2 (how did it get to be September already???) and I think fall has officially arrived to CO (though the aspen have not changed color yet). It’s currently 54 degrees and cloudy, with an expected high of 71 (though I’m not seeing how we’ll reach it). We plan to go to a neighboring city’s “hometown fair” today for a bit, then have dinner over at my sister’s house tonight. Tomorrow, Carrie is going to watch Ava so Jody and I can go to a movie (Little Miss Sunshine). I can’t even remember the last movie we saw in the theater, though after lookingRead More →