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A Shock to the Heart

October 3rd, 2009 · 14 Comments

Riddle: What is harder than taking care of a baby after having major surgery? This will be my last pregnancy update. I was 36 weeks pregnant on Saturday, September 26, 2009.  40 weeks is the “due date” and 37 weeks is considered “full term.”  But 36 weeks is considered safe and close enough to full […]

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Categories: Family Life · Health · High Holy Days · Judaism · Miriam Updates · Pregnancy · Religion & Holidays
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Thanksgiving 2008

December 9th, 2008 · 3 Comments

We spent Thanksgiving 2008 much like Thanksgiving 2007, at a potluck gathering at Ecology House in San Rafael, California.  Ecology House is the only HUD (US Government) low-income housing for people disabled with chemical sensitivities.  It has 11 apartments and a community room where residents host events, meetings, and parties.  The Environmental Health Network holds […]

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Categories: Family Life · Food · Meals & Events · Religion & Holidays · Thanksgiving
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Halloween 2008: Look! up in the sky! it’s…SUPERMAN!!

November 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

This year, Miriam (age 3.5 years) wanted to be a superhero for Halloween.  Her first choice was Superman, and she was quite clear that she meant Superman, not Supergirl.  Being 3 though, she had a lot of back and forth.  At times Supergirl was okay and so were Spiderman, Batman, or anyone from the Justice […]

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Categories: Family Life · Halloween · Health · Miriam Updates · Religion & Holidays
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Indian Mary Park (Merlin, Oregon)

September 23rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

The first overnight stop on our road trip from Petaluma, California to Vancouver, Canada, was in Southern Oregon at the Indian Mary Campground in Merlin. By Google Maps, it’s 410 miles and a 6:30 hour drive. With extensive stops, it was more like 9 or 10 hours. Indian Mary Park Uninc Josephine County, Oregon 7100 […]

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Categories: Campgrounds · Family Life · Health · Parks · Picnics · Places to Go · Playgrounds · Travel
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Passover Seder 2008

May 4th, 2008 · 8 Comments

I’ve hosted a Passover seder at my home every year for the last 20 or so (except for the year my mother died the night before Passover 1996 and the following year, the first with Michael, when Michael and I both had the flu).  Each one has a different mix of people, cultures, familiarity with […]

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Categories: Family Life · Food · Judaism · Meals & Events · Passover · Religion & Holidays
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Natural Products Expo West – March 2008

April 17th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I go to Expo West for my soap business, Tikvah Organics but, for the past several years, Michael and Miriam have joined me and we turn it into a vacation. Miriam charms exhibitors by asking for seconds of foods like pickled herring, I make business contacts and get to stuff myself silly with the latest […]

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Categories: Event Venues · Places to Go
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Surviving voluntary chemical exposures

April 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Multiple chemical sensitivity is a lovely disease. With a lot of other disabilities, the issue of access is simply that: getting in. With MCS, it’s all about survival. Like anyone else who doesn’t remain homebound, I get whammed once in a while. Depending on what the chemical is, I’m usually okay after a few minutes […]

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Safer cosmetics I found at Expo West

April 13th, 2008 · 5 Comments

As I wandered the dozens of aisles at Expo West 2008, I collected information on nontoxic makeup. This is hardly a comprehensive review. I haven’t included brands I already knew well, or even every brand I saw. Just a handful of new or interesting products to share with you all. Information is based on company […]

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Categories: House & Home · Personal Care
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Boys & Girls Club of Petaluma

April 9th, 2008 · No Comments

When it came time for Miriam’s 3rd birthday party, we didn’t know where to hold it. Our house is too small and full of cats. The weather is too iffy to plan something outdoors. And we can’t stand most of the venues that turn children’s parties into entertainment extravagances. Fortunately, we discovered the Boys and […]

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Categories: Indoor Playspaces · Places to Go
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San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles along Highway 101

March 28th, 2008 · 7 Comments

There are basically two ways to drive between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles or San Diego: 101 or 5. I took I-5 for years, and it is the fastest route, but it goes through hours of agricultural areas and just isn’t safe for me anymore. Add in a 3 year old who […]

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Categories: Parks · Places to Go · Playgrounds · Rest Stops · Route Planning · Travel
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