The Tragic Optimist

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they don’t mention this in the breastfeeding books

It’s not disputed that nursing causes some changes in the mother.  My figure is bustier, I actually have cleavage to speak of, and I’m not used to that.  It has also really upped my chocolate cravings, which were already quite strong to begin with.  But now they’re crazy, leading me to grab and scarf down …

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Moon over Minneapolis

“Look mommy, the moon!  The moon is there by the door!” “Oh, really?”  I didn’t actually think she was looking at the moon, she tends to call many white circles moons, and I’d seen the moon the night before, and it was waning, so no longer a circle. “The moon, right there!” I look, and …

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lights in the dark

Do other cities still have winter lights up?  I don’t want to call the Christmas lights, the Christmas decorations, the nativities, the Santas, the candy canes, and the reindeer, they’re all put away.  But there’s still the little twinkling lights in much of the neighborhood.  A tree covered in little blue stars in this yard, …

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Kite Festival 2010

Today was our neighborhood’s annual kite festival.  It’s one of my favorite of the winter festivals and it at the lake that’s just a few blocks from our house.  There’s something wonderfully crazy about saying to the elements, “all right, it’s cold – bitter cold – and so the lake is frozen solid.  We could …

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winter walk

Today was the first snowfall of year with any accumulation.  The snow fell in tiny flakes, not the big, gorgeous, fat flakes, these were tiny cold crystals that made the world look just a little greyer. I had to get to a grocery store over lunch, so I walked to the one nearest to the …

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little and not so little things

I’ve been thinking about thankfulness (not too surprisingly, given that today is Thanksgiving).  I keep getting caught in the big things to be thankful for – the family / health / friends / house / job / food things.  It’s not that I’m not thankful for these, just the opposite, I’m extremely thankful for them, …

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question about miscarriages and getting the news

An acquaintance of mine is a doctor, she recently had to tell a woman that she’d had a miscarriage. She wrote: “I don’t think I did a great job of it and I want to do it better next time. If anyone’s been on the receiving end of this kind of news, what was helpful …

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the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics

In honor of today’s announcement of the Nobel Prize for Physics, which went to Charles Kao for his work with fiber optics, and Willard Boyle and George Smith for their invention of the CCD technology (the technology that makes digital cameras work), I offer up a few random pictures that I like, taken on a …

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August 28 recap

Laugh of the day: Overheard Zoe talking to her Sesame Street stickers in the car, “oh, Cookie Monster, what are you doing on my leg?  No, you don’t belong on my leg, you want to go on my cheek!” Sin of the day Forgive me other farm share member, I may have sinned against you.  …

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messages that I will never send through facebook

I’m as big a fan of facebook as anyone, love that I can keep in touch with friends, get back in touch with old friends, get to know new friends.  I’m pretty open on fb, but there’s still messages that I compose, sometimes even write, but I can never bring myself to click “Share.” Friend …

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