I Don’t Want to Talk About Mental Illness

To be honest, I don’t really want to talk about mental illness.   I don’t want to talk about mood disorders, or psychotic disorders, or eating disorders, or personality disorders, or obsessive compulsive disorders, or addiction disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorders.   I don’t want to talk about any of them.   Nor do I really…

“Pick Your Berry” Muffins

Happiness is...a warm muffin. This muffin? Not as nutritious. See what I mean? And unfortunately, these are the muffins being sold at the snack cart at school. I struggle with the snack cart. Want to know what else they sell? Poptarts. Cheerio's cereal bars. French Toast Crunch cereal bars. I bet you can already guess…

Sea Salt “Caramels” and Health Challenge #5

Every couple of weeks, I give my kids at school a "Health Challenge". Last Tuesday, I presented Health Challenge #5: Limit your "sweet treats" to one per day. After presenting the "Did you know..." facts about added sugars in our food, we got on the topic of what is actually in the foods we eat. As an…

The End of Summer

Well, I knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time. The reality is...Summer. Is. Over. I've been living in this blissful state of denial, not allowing myself to think about that reality. But this weekend, I've had a lot of thinking time, as I've been all by myself. The girls went back to…

It’s Just Me, Ranting: To Treat or Not to Treat

As a June birthday, I use to envy kids that had birthdays during the school year. I could sense their excitement as they walked into the classroom on their "special" day. A construction paper "crown" placed ever so carefully on their desk announced their new age. I would watch as those wonderfully, nurturing primary teachers would…