I sometimes use this game in my course, but I do NOT tell the parents they get to keep just two cards. That’s outrageous. The point of the game when I teach it is to show people how one intervention can lead to another to another to another…
This is one of the best rejoinders on the recent spate of “formula is better than breastfeeding” articles based on a study in Social Science & Medicine.
Here’s a quote from the wrap-up. This is my biggest fear, too:
“My biggest fear with articles like that is that it completely detracts from the push to make breastfeeding easier for those who want to do it (i.e., those fighting for greater support and leave and all the other things necessary for many women to have a healthy, happy breastfeeding relationship) and to make breast milk more readily available for women who don’t want to turn to formula but cannot breastfeed for whatever reason. I can only hope that flawed science doesn’t take us down a rabbit hole we have to dig our way out of yet again…”
My lovely friend, Jeanne Jackson, has a wonderful book coming out in April. If you’ve never been to Sonoma/Mendocino, or if you go as often as you can, you’re in for a treat with this book. For years, Jeanne has been writing a weekly column in her local paper, featuring photographs from anyone in the area who want to send her a picture of something they’ve seen in nature. They have a fun phone tree that goes into action when whales are spotted off the coast, so everyone can run for a vantage point. Beautiful country, beautiful people!
Robert De Niro at the Oscars:
“The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.”
Live in the East Bay? Join us!
MARCH 27: Tri-Valley Writers Panel Discussion
Tri-Valley Writers and the San Ramon Library present “Writing in the Genres” on Thursday, March 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join three of your fellow writers at the San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery Street, for a fun-filled evening of learning how to write in different genres. Bring a pen and paper to take part in the audience participation section, then share a bit of your writing from a given prompt.
After a lifetime love affair with science fiction and fantasy, Marlene Dotterer started contributing to the genre in 2007. She has published four novels: The Time Travel Journals, a series with alternate universes; Moon Over Donamorgh, a historical fantasy set in early 19th century Ireland; and Worlds Apart, a contemporary werewolf romance.
Victoria Emmons started dabbling in poetry several years ago and has her work published in the 2011 issue of Tapestries, an anthology of creative writings by seniors, and Voices of the Valley: Encore; an anthology published in 2014. She is currently writing a novel about flaws in the American justice system.
Steve Workman is a founding member of Tri-Valley Writers and winner of its first writing contest. He has been writing the great American novel for most of his life—one short story at a time. He is published in the 2003 Las Positas College anthology (honorable mention for The Mailman), the 2008 Livermore Literary Harvest, and Voices of the Valley: Encore.
Come out to support the written word, learn a little something about a different genre than what you write, and catch a glimpse into the hearts of these three Tri-Valley Writers members.
Nothing surpasses an evening of writing. Hope to see you there.
Voting is open for Big Al’s Books & Pals Reader’s Choice Awards. Shipbuilder is nominated in Speculative Fiction!
You can help by voting for Shipbuilder over here. Voting is open through Midnight Eastern Time, March 12.
Spread the word, and THANKS!
In our continuous search for good health, Himself and I have made another adjustment to our diet. I have only myself to blame.
My interest in Real Food gives me reason to learn about food policy, agriculture, paganism, and all kinds of things. It also compels me to watch lots of documentaries if it looks like it has anything to do with food. You know – Supersize Me, Food, Inc., things like that.
So it was no surprise to see something called Forks Over Knives in our movie queue. I didn’t bother to read the synopsis – I figured it was another in the line of eat Real Food rather than industrial slog type of thing.
It wasn’t, exactly, about that.
They call it a “whole food, plant-based diet.” Which to me is just another term for veganism. I’ve never bee attracted to the vegan idea. I can go with vegetarianism, but give up cheese? Eggs? Ice cream?
I have no moral problem with using animals for food, or even clothing. Humans are as much a part of the ecosystem as any other animal and we have our place in the food web. Other animals are omnivores and so are we. It’s true we have brought it to extremes, and it’s this extreme that is wrong. We need to make many HUGE changes to the way we get our food and cut WAY down on how much food we eat, and while we’re at it, make sure that the people who don’t have enough food to eat, get their fair share. But none of that means we need to stop eating meat or other animal products altogether.
It does make sense to cut back – a lot – on the animal products we eat. Meat should certainly be something we have only occasionally and in small amounts. When we use the milk of other animals, we need to be cognizant of the fact that we are taking milk needed by that species’ young, and we should also use this sparingly. All of this means that things like cheese, butter, and ice cream would be special items, perhaps saved for special occasions. It only sounds awful because we aren’t used to it. Once it becomes familiar – and a generation grows up under those conditions, we won’t think it’s a hardship at all. It will just be normal.
So Himself and I have decided to “go vegan” with a shrug. Neither of us is willing to go all the way. Perhaps we’ll do more as we progress, but we’re starting by cutting out most meat. We’ll have fish once in a while, and still go to our favorite sushi restaurant once a month or so. We’ll still have bacon on Sundays, but only one piece each. And so far, it looks like Himself has declared eating out to be his chance to chow down on meat. For myself, I’m trying to order vegan or at least vegetarian, when we’re out somewhere.
We can replace milk with almond milk, something I find entirely troublesome – there are not enough almonds in the world for everyone to use them in place of milk. I’ve never been a big milk drinker, so this isn’t an issue for me. But Himself likes his cereal. I do like yogurt, but for now, I’m just giving it up.
I will not replace all this stuff with soy substitutes, either. Soy is not good for us in large quantities and it’s deadly if you don’t use the organic stuff. And I don’t like the idea of “pretending” to have a favorite food by using a substitute. If I’m going to have ice cream, it’s going to be real ice cream. Full-fat, too. Same with eggs – none of those nasty eggbeaters for me, thank you.
I usually eat eggs a couple times a week, but I don’t mind switching those out for beans or peanut butter or something. There isn’t much else I need to change about what I eat. I don’t know how this will all work out, and I am still fasting three days a week, because I still have ten or fifteen pounds to lose.
As usual, we hope eating better will continue to lower cardiac disease issues, and perhaps give us a boost of cancer prevention. It’s going to be interesting. And I have to figure out what to do with all that meat in my freezer. But that’s a whole other post.
I’ve been doing cartwheels all day: the popular review site, Big Al’s Books and Pals, has nominated The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder for their 2014 Reader’s Choice Award in Speculative Fiction!
Happy author here, you betcha.
B&P gave Shipbuilder a 5-star review back in October. They are continuing the love with this great nomination, but YOU have to help.
It’s a Reader’s Choice award and that means you get to vote for it. Voting opens March 2nd at 10:00 Eastern Time and ends at Midnight Eastern Time on March 12th.
That’s this weekend! Here’s the link:
It’s not live yet, but check back to see your choices. I’ll post the link again once the page is up and running.
Please pass the word. I’d love for Shipbuilder to win!