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Is excellence the only goal?

I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them. –Kurt Vonnegut My son spent a lot of time in speech therapy as a young child for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). You wouldn’t know it now,…

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Beginnings and hurdles

The biggest hurdle is often the first on the course, whether it’s waking and rolling out a yoga mat or lacing up running shoes, or walking through the door to something new. With tae kwon do, I’d summoned the courage necessary to walk through the door into my first class, feeling pretty good about it, and found perhaps that wasn’t the highest hurdle. I had 300 more to go. Every…

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final project from my course with Shaun Levin

Shaun Levin teaching a Domestika course: inspirational for creative writing by going analog, writing with pen and paper not typing on a computer. It did shift my writing, my word usage. This is the final project for the course: A taekwondo student, we learn that the translation of taekwondo is “the Korean art of smashing with the hands and feet”; the two focal points are my hands and feet. Every…

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Rebel Roots Nutrition talks food for optimal mood, focus and academic success

Carla Abate of Rebel Roots Nutrition is helping us figure out the best fuel for our kids. Find her on Instagram @rebelrootsnutrition and rebelrootsnutrition.com. She’s got some amazing recipes on her website!  Here’s inspiration and quality information from Carla, a certified Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT) and postpartum doula.  Feeding Your Kids Toward Academic Success It’s a constant challenge to prepare lunches for the week and do so with a nutritional…

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countdown to my book release!

After working for months, it finally seems real! Chinese Herbal Medicine for Beginners is being published in less than a month, and I’ve got some great photos and previews of what it is going to look like. The publisher did an amazing job illustrating it with beautiful color photographs. The book is written for the complete beginner to Chinese herbal medicine, so no previous knowledge is necessary. If you like…

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astronauts and cottonballs

Last night, I sat with family and friends and listened to Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space. She’s awesome (MD, dancer, engineer, Lego figurine, the list goes on), and so was her presentation. She had so much of value and substance to say about many things. One thing was exactly what I needed to hear, though. She was asked how she dealt with people who were negative or…

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What do we say about coincidences, Sherlock?

Mycroft Holmes: What do we say about coincidences? Sherlock Holmes: The universe is rarely so lazy.   I suspect that my son and I learning Taekwondo is no coincidence– that it is the universe’s way of helping us with all the fights and struggles. It’s way of strengthening us for current and future battles.  I never had grandiose plans for both of us to train in Taekwondo, some sort of…

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Next up: Sparring. Wait, sparring? you mean, fighting?!?

Sparring for the first time last night was so far out of my comfort zone, so far outside my bubble of life as usual.  It was unlike any situation I’ve ever been in.  Mr. Ninja gave some basic instructions, but being out of my comfort zone and my brain and ears covered in the puffy vinyl head gear, I’m not sure it went in. Okay…brain trying to wrap around this…I’m…

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Loving my Shampoo Bar (the quest for less waste)

I started blogging for a local group called Zero Waste Gainesville.  I love the idea of going zero waste, and I’m writing about how I’m altering my purchases to lessen my personal negative environmental impact. Check out my blog at Zero Waste Gainesville!  Thanks! https://www.zerowastegainesville.com/zw-blog/2018/2/10/shampoo-bar…

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CM Nature Study and mindful curriculum

We did it! Last month our family took a CM nature study vacation,  planned specifically to get us out of the house and away from electronics.  Living in Florida, I’ve found that being in nature is considerably different than in places with a colder winter to kill back kudzu and killer mosquitos and fire ants 🙂 I’m a transplant to this two-season environment, one of them (the hot, humid season)…

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