The Aftermath of Giving Up Sugar: Trying to Stay on Course When my Kids Bring Home an Ice Cream Maker

It took me over thirty years to give up sugar. They were long decades of trying, failing, and trying again. Why did I even attempt such a feat? I explain it here, in The Unexpected Thing That Happened When I Gave Up Sugar. Of course, it was helpful, when I finally succeeded, that most of … Continue reading The Aftermath of Giving Up Sugar: Trying to Stay on Course When my Kids Bring Home an Ice Cream Maker

When My Non-Essential Skill Became the Most Essential Thing of All

A couple weeks ago, right before the pandemic restrictions took hold, I stood in the bread aisle of our local grocery store and was surprised by the fact that the bread shelves were empty. No stacks of English muffins, potato bread, hot dog rolls. No stone ground wheat, rye or spelt. I’d strolled down the … Continue reading When My Non-Essential Skill Became the Most Essential Thing of All

What Your Teenager’s Brain is Craving (hint: it’s not warm cookies)

I thought serving warm chocolate chip cookies to a group of teenagers would be a welcome offering for a first class on a Saturday afternoon. Especially in winter. “Cookies? Help yourselves,” I said. Silence. No movement toward the center of the round table where I nestled them in a double layer of foil. “Really! Take … Continue reading What Your Teenager’s Brain is Craving (hint: it’s not warm cookies)