The Day I Learned to Drink Twice as Much Water Before Running When You Have Your Period

We don't know our own bodies until large parts of it rebel. ...more
To employ a tired cliche, if I can keep one runner from going through this, I have done my job. ... more

Walkable Cities: A Pedestrian Solution

Often, I read about Europeans talking about how they have great transportation systems, and can get anywhere they need without a car.  Without having to move to another country - or continent for that matter - I think it would be in the best interest of Americans to promote walkable cities. ...more
@Eulalia Benejam Cobb Yup. I live remotely in North Dakota and find I am more dependent on my ... more

Barnyard Salon: Alpaca Shearing Day

Editor's Note: Deb's account of shearing her nine Alpacas is a fascinating peek into how the animals' fibers are painlessly removed, especially the "blanket" area. The results are wrapped in paper and stored to eventually be made into super-soft yarn, hats and socks. Thankfully, along with a professional shearer, her mind-reading mom was also on hand to help: -- Heather...more
I love that "Taming the Forest: What to Do About Armpit Hair" came up as a related post. more

Is Cheerios Force-Feeding Us a Multicultural Agenda?

A new Cheerios commercial is upsetting a lot of people on the Internet. In the ad, a cute, curly-haired toddler walks up to her mother and asks if Cheerios are good for the heart. Cut to the next scene, and we see the father dozing on the couch with a pile of cereal on his chest. Aww, right? Not to some people on Reddit, where a thread about the commercial has generated over 1000 heated comments. Why?...more
@Virginia DeBolt Me too! more

Environmentalist in Oklahoma: Against the Grain

I was born and raised in rural Oklahoma, in a town of around 17,000 people. Oklahoma is known for things like rodeos, country music, the Dust Bowl, the oil and natural gas, and for being one of the reddest states, politically, in the U.S. Oklahoma is not known as being a very progressive or eco-friendly state. My Senator, Sen. Inhofe is even one of the biggest climate deniers in U.S. politics....more
@Aimee Whetstine I don't understand why you think that environmentalist and farmers are on ... more

Environmentalist in Oklahoma: Against the Grain

I was born and raised in rural Oklahoma, in a town of around 17,000 people. Oklahoma is known for things like rodeos, country music, the Dust Bowl, the oil and natural gas, and for being one of the reddest states, politically, in the U.S. Oklahoma is not known as being a very progressive or eco-friendly state. My Senator, Sen. Inhofe is even one of the biggest climate deniers in U.S. politics....more
I love this post, Lisa, and, as you know, spend half the year as North Dakota farmer. I can only ... more

April Fools' Day: Feeling Pranky?

Happy April Fools' Day! Finally, a (sort-of) holiday which requires no obligatory cooking or shopping, unless there are serious hijinx involved. While history notes that April 1 and foolishness are tied together as far back as 1392, serious prankage and prankity have only grown in modern times - even the White House plays along....more
@SunbonnetSmart.com Thanks for the note, Robin. Kind of dangerous out there with both of us ... more

World Water Day 2013

Today, March 22, marks the 20th annual World Water Day and if you are reading this, there's a good chance you can walk over to a tap, turn it on and expect clean water, but for 800 million people (mostly women and children), this is not a reality. Add to this rising temperatures, exploding populations, increasing droughts and widening pollution and it all adds up to one word: crisis. ...more
@HomeRearedChef Beautiful! Something I will try to say every day. Thanks, Virginia. more

Recycle That Bra, Lady!

What to do when a bra has reached the natural end of its life? If you're a D-cup girl like me, you say a few words, weep a bit and maybe play a bugle because that patch of lace-and-wire hydraulics has done you (and society as a whole, really) a terrific service. But these days, we have to stop and think about anything before it goes in the trash: Can it be recycled? That old nasty bra? Why yes, yes it can....more
@fuzzieworld Wonderful! Glad we could help. more

When You Don't Have a Village

“It takes a village to raise a child.” But what do you do if you don’t have a village? When I had our first baby, we had just moved to a new city, hundreds of miles from family or friends. It was miserable. Eight years later, we are doing OK. We have friends, the kids love their school, and my husband and I both have jobs we like. However, we still don’t really have a village and it’s hard....more
You and your kids would benefit greatly from co-housing, which is an actual village where ... more