Remembering 9/11: Open Letter to My Kids

Posted September 8th, 2011 by Elaine in Politics

Dear Connor and Helen, September is the nicest month in DC. It’s the point in the year where clear blue skies dominate. Breezes blow in the evening, the crispness of fall starts to take hold, and apples show up at every stand in the market. The new theater season starts, […]

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9/11 — Then and Now

Posted September 8th, 2011 by Jill Berry in Child, Parenting, Politics, Preschoolers, Teens & Tweens

It was an ordinary Tuesday. My kindergartener was settled in to the routine of the elementary school. My preschooler was learning the ropes at her new preschool. I was kneeling on my bedroom floor leafing through a set of galley proofs for a book that was due to be returned […]

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9/11 Anniversary: Talking with Kids about the News

Posted September 7th, 2011 by monicasakala in Politics

“Chopped off their heads!” exclaimed my 5-year-old from the backseat of the car. “They were chopping off heads of PEOPLE? No one does that! People don’t do that to other people! Right, mommy?” she added a little desperately. Her reaction jolted me back to reality. We were driving along and […]

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Hurricane Irene: Take Time to Prepare

Posted August 26th, 2011 by J.J. Newby in Politics

Tuesday’s earthquake may have caught us off-guard but Hurricane Irene doesn’t have to.  Of the many kinds of natural disasters, hurricanes provide plenty of warning, and yet time and again we hear about people who don’t take the time to prepare. Growing up in Miami, I remember how diligently we […]

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EEK! Earthquake!

Posted August 24th, 2011 by Stephanie in Politics

I moved to Maryland two years ago from Los Angeles thinking I would miss my friends and the beautiful weather but not the earthquakes.  Silly me!  Apparently  the DC Metro area is the new Los Angeles. The first one last July was literally at the end of our street. My house was only […]

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Mom to Feds: Put Money Toward Healthy Food

Posted August 9th, 2011 by Jessica Haney in Food, Green, Health, Politics

Dear Federal Government (especially you food-loving folks in the USDA and FDA), Here’s an idea: How about you stop wasting taxpayer money on raiding small family farms and natural foods stores and instead buy some organic produce for kids who live in food deserts? I’m sure those kids Michelle Obama […]

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One Of The Millions

Posted August 3rd, 2011 by jodifur in Politics

During President Obama’s speech last week, when he said “millions of Americans are out of work and have been out of work for quite some time” my eyes swelled with tears.  Because we are one of the millions.  Three weeks ago my husband was laid off. Before that we had […]

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What’s in the Food on Our Tables?

Posted July 28th, 2011 by Sue Wagner in Politics

I went to a life-changing luncheon recently.  It was sponsored by Stonyfield and held at Restaurant Nora, the first certified organic restaurant in the U.S.  The speaker was Robyn O’Brien, who wrote the book, “The Unhealthy Truth, How Our Food is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It.” […]

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Will Gas Prices Tank Summer Plans?

Posted July 12th, 2011 by J.J. Newby in Politics

This summer was to be my last hurrah as a stay-at-home mother.  The past two years a very intense volunteer engagement took me away from the home almost as much as a job would and The Plan has always been for me to return to my career (or, ahem, start […]

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