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Doña Bumgarner
Santa Cruz
Seeking: a balance of being.
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It has been a while since I've been around here. So let me tell you where I have been. Here, for starters: In January, I launched a new blog, Nurtured Mama as a place to write in a more focused... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Aubergine
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We took Bean with us to the polls this morning and took turns playing with her while the other filled out a ballot. She is too young, certainly, to understand what we are doing or why, but it feels important... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at Aubergine
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There’s a new coffee company that has exploded onto the Santa Cruz scene recently. A scene, mind you, with no shortage of already established coffee houses. But somehow Verve Coffee is shouldering its way into the crowd and making waves.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Aubergine
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I'm pleased to again have a guest from my friend Joan Bailey who writes at Japan Farmers Markets. Japan is one the places I have not yet traveled to, but when I go I hope to time my trip to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at Aubergine
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I slump against the counter, crumbs under my bare feet, palm on something sticky. The LHM is still sitting on the floor with Bean, where she patted the floor to indicate we should join her. “Eh?” she said, using her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Aubergine
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Where I live we have an elusive autumn. Non-natives who live in the Bay Area joke that we have no seasons here. We do, but they are subtle, and the edges are sometimes hard to identify. Here on the coast,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Aubergine
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at Aubergine
Sarah, I'm so glad to hear it gets better with age. I've been feeling like such a scrooge on this topic! I hate sunscreen, too. I forgot to mention that. And also my pale pale skin.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2012 on I hate the playground at Aubergine
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I hate taking my daughter to the playground. In my pre-child life, I would walk past parks with playgrounds and see parents standing around with coffee cups in hand, visiting and laughing while their kids scampered over the equipment and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at Aubergine
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Once, when I was about seven, my father fed me dog food. Not out of neglect or malice, but because I asked him to. We lived in the country, in a trailer leveled off a hillside on cinderblock and iron... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Aubergine
How do you administer this concoction to your little one too young to swallow a capsule? This is a great idea. I use a lot of these herbs, but unfortunately usually *after* we've caught something, to help heal faster. Did you find it helped last winter?
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2012 on Preparing for Cold Season at Progressive Pioneer
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This week got a heartbreaking email from Mandi at Life Your Way, whose Easy Homemade book I recently shared with you. She shared a story about the Barlow family. I don't know them, but my heart aches with them. It... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Aubergine
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While my friend Joan was exploring China last month, I contributed a post for her blog with recipes for three chilled soups. Late in the season for chilled soups you say? September is sweltering in Japan, and our Indian summer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Aubergine
I have recently been practicing some of the following bad habits: Staying up too late at night when I know she always wakes up early in the morning. Drinking too much caffeine to compensate for the prior bad habit. Letting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Aubergine
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I scheduled this post on my calendar the week that I brought home water kefir grains. I imagined that I would be posting a beautiful tutorial about how to start your own water kefir and you all would be so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Aubergine
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Last night I sat at the kitchen table and worked my way through my mending basket. First the bra that had an escaping wire got a patch. Then I modified another bra to add nursing clips (and yay! I have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Aubergine
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When we were at Strawberry Music Festival over Memorial Day, we had the best ice pops I think I've ever tasted. They were cherry-pomegranate flavored, just the right balance of sweet and tart, and the most amazing garnet shade of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at Aubergine