child loss / community / compassion / connectivity / friends / gratitude / grief / holidays / love / patpatforever / personal crap / triggers

More Lessons in Vulnerability

So this is what happens when I try to sit down and write in the morning: “_____________________ … Shit. I can’t think. Maybe it will help if I light some candles. Okay. I’m going to do this. Here goes. Open Firefox aaannnd… Facebook! Wait shit, no, not Facebook. Songza. Okay. ‘Downtempo Instrumentals’ sounds good, I hope … Continue reading

activism / gratitude / holidays / shopping

Why I Won’t Be Shopping on Black Friday

Today, I’m going to let these graphics do the talking and get back to hanging out with my family… which is exactly what I’ll be doing tomorrow. More about Plaid Friday Read more about how and why to shop locally this holiday season: http://www.examiner.com/article/supporting-locally-owned-businesses-on-black-friday http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20111125/articles/111129743 http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-11-24/news/30439059_1_protesters-plan-small-business-business-owners http://www.thenation.com/blog/171382/occupy-walmart-workers-plan-black-friday-protests http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8445315 http://www.plaidfriday.com Oh, and… That is all ♥ Continue reading

activism / current events / equality / holidays / homophobia / language / LGBT / progressive parenting

November 9th: International Gay Red Shirt Day

Do you use the word “gay” when you mean, “stupid” “boring” “ugly”? Why? Careless adoption of  this derogatory slang term has become a widely accepted common practice across the world and it’s time we pull it apart and take it for what it is. Mean.It’s telling an entire group of people that they, themselves are “stupid” … Continue reading

California / family / kids / Labor Day / NorCal / patpatforever / San Francisco / wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: Labor Day at the San Francisco Zoo

  Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! Sunday marked the two year anniversary of my father’s passing. Septembers are hard for me (and the rest of the family) because of the timing of the holidays surrounding it, (click through here for more) but one advantage in the timing is that the holiday guarantees that we all have … Continue reading

cancer / cooking / current events / food / health / herbs / holidays / infographic / Natural Living

More Herbs, Less Salt Day

 August 29th is More Herbs, Less Salt Day! Check out more from Dr. Frank Lipman on Pinterest With the end of summer at hand, herbs are at full abundance! This makes apropos timing for More Herbs, Less Salt Day. While a small amount of sodium in the diet is necessary to maintain hydration, the average … Continue reading

birth / community / compassion / connectivity / Mother's day / parenting / women

AP Moms Don’t Think We’re Better Than You: We Just Want Our Kids To Be

Yes, yes I am. And so are you. There is a lie going around the internet. It’s perpetuated and exacerbated by social media sites, newspapers, magazines and most scarily, mothers themselves. This damaging and divisive lie is everywhere these days, and is growing like a cancer in our society. The lie is that mothers can be … Continue reading

activism / current events / feminism / holidays / midwives / women

Let’s Learn About: International Day of the Midwife

Although Americans tend to celebrate Cinco de Drinko on May 5th, (and hardcore Star Wars nerds follow up “May the 4th Be With You” with “Revenge of the 5th”) there is another International celebration much more near and dear to my heart: The International Day of the Midwife. What prompted to me write my first post was … Continue reading