Seasons bring change.

The 3rd floor bathroom is at the top of the house; it is warm there, because the heat from the 1st floor fireplace insert rises. The 3rd floor bathroom is also warm for other, wonderful reasons. It is filled with that unique scent, a blend of incense and essential oils, that is my daughter’s. The.. read more →

My friend and essential oils.

A woman I have known for nearly 15 years has battled cancer already once, 10 years ago, She won that round. 3 years ago, a new round started. She has fought long and hard. She has continued her sports and dance activities, showing up on the ice the day after chemotherapy treatments, continuing her competitive dance.. read more →

Evidence does not change beliefs.

I have just left an intense discussion on a website hosted by a well-educated healthcare professional who is rabidly against the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, breastfeeding, midwives, and home birth. I was drawn into this discussion by this site’s response to a new industry advertising video whose theme is about the “Mommy wars”, generating a good.. read more →

You have a role in your healing.

Doctors have been testing and treating my friend for anemia for more than a decade. Sometimes he has received blood transfusions to make him feel better and restore his energy. The anemia, and the long process to figure out what is wrong has been draining, and kept him from fully enjoying his life. The process.. read more →

A woman of privilege; thoughts about growing up racist.

Racism was a family value during my childhood and adolescence; it was both subtle and overt. My history is ugly; it is my heritage, my burden to carry, to acknowledge, and to let go. During his time working for the Sinclair Oil Company in Portuguese West Africa (now Angola) from 1920 to 1924, my maternal.. read more →

The other side of the coin.

My beloved grandfather lived alone for 17 years after he was widowed. My daughter and I were his only close family as his last sibling had died a decade earlier, and he was estranged from his only child, my mother. His regular social activity was at the IRS, where he worked part-time after finding retirement,.. read more →