Friday, September 26, 2014

desperate for health

"Let food be thy medicine..." Hippocrates

The second part of that quote is "and medicine be thy food."
The kids think this tastes like "the guts of a pumpkin, mixed with band aids."  It is green apple, kale, a bit of spinach (from dev's garden), romaine, banana, hemp seeds, almond butter, ice. It does not taste like band aids. It is delish and i love myself a beverage as food.
Dev wanted his own garden. He was building the box while Char was practicing back flips. She decided to help out/take over.
He put up the fence to keep out bunnies and babies, then installed a watering system. Voila. Medicine.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

no heros here

...this hero that you're trying to maintain as the central figure in the drama of your life -- this hero is not enjoying the life of a hero...Finally, one day you say, "Let him die-- I can't invest any more in this heroic position." Leonard Cohen
i gave this kid a volcanic betonite clay rub down today.  he definitely was not a hero about it all. he made it very clear he would rather have toxins in his body then have clay on his skin.  come on? it is mud, you like mud! nope. he knew i had some agenda and he was having none of it. how dare he be interrupted from slamming the piano as hard as he could for this nonsense.  yet has there existed a near 2 year old that feels so deeply about so many things. you're right ev, it is too expensive to be a hero. it is also too expensive to let you play with my sunglasses.  so, give them back.

Monday, September 8, 2014

a little boho never hurt ya

discovery of the week: probiotics help eczema

four of my five kids have had eczema issues. those issues later developed into asthma, allergies and other sundry yuckiness. this last baby i took probiotics with the last trimester of pregnancy and up until about 2 months ago.  i had used up the supply of pills i had from pregnancy and decided to be done taking them.  my nursing baby's face came down with an intense breakout of eczema.  i tried so many topicals before i realized the only x factor in his immune system life was me not taking probiotics.  after TWO days of taking them again and nursing this guy what seems like non-stop...his face is all clear.  just sayin.
this was a week or so after i stopped taking the magic. 
his face quickly turned more scaly, inflamed and itchy. which led to him raking 
his face with baby fingernails that are confusingly like talons. sad.
on a happy note...those lips. and nose. and fluffy baby chick hair.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

if you are going to do it, do it right

my teenagers argue about, what seems like, everything. they argue about who is more sick. they argue about the properties of soda. they argue about what is too much clothing to pack for a two day trip.  they argue about who has destroyed my trust more based on their infractions. they argue about who has more knowledge of life in general. i think i have come to the epiphany about what bothers me so much about this arguing. i have maintained some crap reasoning that it is unacceptable because it destroys peace in the house, usurps any positive relations going on between other members of the house and is not making our home the sanctuary it needs to be for each other.
but what the problem is...these two people are HORRIBLE arguers: they get emotional, make ill conceived points and take most stuff out of context.  further, they fail to use the facts correctly and focus on tangential points rather then winning the main point. neither of them have a grasp of the english language's power, nor are they well read enough to bring in interesting allusions. worst of all...they take things personally, which quickly leads to physical fighting (much to the boys dismay since it is always his loss).  that is the mess always waiting to happen in their sibling relationship. as a parent, poet and attorney it is a disappointment.