A Quiet Time

A Quiet Time

Winter is often a time of quiet. One of mental introspection. One of physical turning inwards. One of planning for the year to come. Nature – flora and fauna – use this time to regenerate, to renew, and to set the intention for the seasons to come. It’s been a quiet time for myself and … Continue reading

You Look Like a Chef

You Look Like a Chef

If you’re a parent, you know you wear many hats. Do you ever think of a chef’s as one of them? Being the chef of your household is a big job. For women, it’s more likely that we are the ones who set the “food tone” when it comes to eating for our family, and … Continue reading

$15 Million and a Government for the People

$15 Million and a Government for the People

On September 30, 2002, my grandmother died and I was spending $15 million. I was newly on the job at the US Department of Education, fresh from graduate school. I bee-lined it for this federal agency, on a fellowship, because I believed I could make the most change for children at this highest level of government. Upon … Continue reading

Shop Kids Consignment (Save Money for Food)

Shop Kids Consignment (Save Money for Food)

Are you constantly comparing prices on everything from food to babysitters to gas per gallon? Then you, my friend, would love the best consignment sale in our area that is happening this weekend, September 20-22. I keep thinking of those crazy couponers on reality TV who basically transfer the cost of getting free low-grade food … Continue reading

Goldfish Crackers It Ain’t

Goldfish Crackers It Ain’t

Today I took on a children’s snack giant: the tiny goldfish cracker. It was our family’s turn to bring “special snack” to my daughter’s school. But in my mind, “snack” equalled “educational opportunity”. An opportunity to tie the day’s food into the weeklong theme on farming that her class was doing. An opportunity to expose … Continue reading

As Kids Grow, So Do Parents

As Kids Grow, So Do Parents

Do you ever feel that as a parent, time can be totally static and yet time can race so fast you wonder where it all went? And so it was the other week, watching our now three-year-old daughter in her very first musical performance. Her preschool put on the show, “Barnyard Moosical”. Our Ladybug dressed … Continue reading