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Why I almost didn’t join dōTERRA

Why I almost didn’t join dōTERRA Wow, what a ride it’s been. Over the past 9 months (!), I have unraveled the deceptive practices of one essential oils company and researched a ton of other ones. I almost didn’t join dōTERRA, and I was even ready to toss out the entire MLM concept altogether. Only [ keep reading ]

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On Abortion as a Birthworker

Back when I was a full-time doula, I remember having a conversation with my husband’s best friend. Something came up about abortion, and he kind of fumbled over his words and apologized to me. I was confused for a moment, then asked him directly – “Do you think I’m pro-life because I attend births?” And [ keep reading ]

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Part 3 – My Journey to & Beyond Vegetarianism [Everything is Energy]

So in my last post in this series, I was feeling very unsettled and confused because wheat, the major ingredient in my diet, was suddenly being implicated as unhealthy, and the cause of my husband’s suspected Celiac disease. This Celiac thing turned our world upside-down. At first I approached it like a random allergy, as [ keep reading ]

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My Journey to and Beyond Vegetarianism–Part 1

I’ve been a vegetarian for about 17 years–but I’m currently experiencing an inner earthquake of thoughts on health, ethics, nutrition and more–and I need to write about it.  The next few posts are going to chronicle my thought process and dietary evolution up to the precarious, interesting point of view I’m at now. I first [ keep reading ]

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Living with My Dad, Remembering My Mama

I’ve been in an altogether different headspace over the past few weeks, which is to be expected what with my mother’s passing, our move, rearranged living circumstances, etc. I’m listening to a song right now (Okay, it’s Panic! At the Disco!) that just sang the line, “Hey kid, you’ll never leave this town,” and it’s [ keep reading ]

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Raising Kids Beyond Religion: A Booklist

Yes, I said “beyond” religion. I am not a fan of the concept that there is only one right way, which is central to so many major religions. I’m very much a freethinker in that regard, and I raise my kids to be freethinkers as well. As a parent and as a homeschooler, I don’t [ keep reading ]

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Living Deliberately Versus the Path of Least Resistance

>> “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi >> If your choices are not in line with your values, then you don’t really value yourself.   What provocative statements these are for me!  A good word to sum it up is “congruency”. We won’t feel happiness or fulfillment in [ keep reading ]