Dearest Jack,

Happy birthday my darling boy! You are now a whole hand old.  This thrills you, but has caught me gasping for air.  Being five seems like I can no longer hold onto any vestige that you are a baby.  On the eve of your birthday you assured me that you will still be silly and cute when you are five.  What a relief!  But your baby body is gone, you are lean with abs and everything.  Your face changed too.  Right at the end of summer Daddy and I noticed angles cutting through the soft

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Before You Were Born…



Airplanes crashed into buildings in a city I have never been to and in another city close to where I was born. I didn't know how to tell you about this, or when, but you came home from preschool and informed me, Planes crashed into buildings in New York and people died.  I called director

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Is Superman Cool? the Dinner Debate



The other night at dinner, Max decided to throw down out of the blue.  He spoke in an even, authoritative tone. Max:  Superman will never be cool! Dramatic hush falls over the table. Jack:  Superman will never not be cool! Max:  I dislike Spiderman!  What does dislike

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Back to Life



Today is the First Day of School! Yesterday my neighbor brought over three humungous mangos from his late-blooming tree.  I thanked him and wished him a happy day off, and he wished me the same.  The thing is, when my family is on holiday, I am working my hardest.  Someone has to create the

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The Poetry of Science



My mother was born today. Last night, when I couldn't sleep, I thought of that miracle that took place many years ago: My mother's birth, the birth of my first great love, which preceded my own life. Flabbergasted with awe, I poked open my curtains to glimpse the Super Moon.  I had

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The Fall in Yoga That Changed My Life



Ten years ago today I unrolled my yoga mat in my sunny studio apartment in South Beach, grounded myself in breath, and dropped into a backbend that would change my life forever. On the path from standing to a beautiful arch, a hiccup of fear jutted me slightly off course, and I hit the edge

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Greetings!



Where in the world is mamaguru these days? I'm getting a few emails wondering that question.  Where am I?  Am I on vacation?  When am I coming back?  Am I OK? Let me answer with a picture. Snapshot: I approach the beach in the early morning light.  I am alone for a minute.  My

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Teenage Ducks



Yesterday, on my Sunday bike ride, I pedaled past a mama duck and her babies waddling near a canal. The image you just conjured in your head from that sentence is wrong.  This was an entirely different scene than the typical warm fuzzies we picture when we think of mama ducks and their

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3 Fireworks Crafts for Kids



Ooohs and Ahhhs and BAMs and BOOMs are just a few days away! Here are three super easy crafts to do with little kids to get them in the mood for Fourth of July Fireworks. Scratch Board Fireworks Scratchboards are easy to work with and so much fun.  There is an air of magic surrounding

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