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Pulling the plug on BlogHer14

It is with an ache in my gut — literally — that I have to come to terms with the fact that I am not going to BlogHer ’14. I had to believe the trip was possible when I bought the ticket. We’d had two snow days that week (including my birthday. What a rockin’ Mardi Gras that was.) Then one day with the kids at school during which I had an unpleasant dentist appointment. Then two days...

Conviction and compromise on the road

Welcome to the July 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Vacation This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their family-travel tips, challenges, and delights. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. *** By the time I’m planning our summer...

To BlogHer, or not to BlogHer

I’d already lost count of which snow day it was when I bought a registration ticket for BlogHer ’14 in San Jose, California, the annual blogging conference’s 10th anniversary year. There had been so many days that the weather had forced me to scrap plans to work toward the launch of my new site or on my Holistic Moms chapter’s 5-year anniversary party. I wanted to want to be with my kids, but like every other...

Failure to thrive in motherhood

The moment I realized I could no longer handle teaching high school, I was sitting in a Teaching for Change-organized class with Enid Lee, one of the authors of Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development and a huge force in the area of critical literacy, which was a major focus of my graduate studies in English and women’s studies. We were...

Anatomy of a spring “break”

When I was a teacher, I considered spring break a reprieve from grading and early morning wake-ups and dealing with adolescent angst in 120 flavors. But now that I am a mom with school-aged children, spring “break” is a misnomer. It is a week when I feel the weight of responsibility of keeping to a rhythm that will not throw my kids off while also not throwing me off. Of finding things that are fun and...

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