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Issue #4: December 2004, Enough is Enough

Covering It:
Enough is Enough (read excerpt)

Whole Foods:
Herbal Vinegar    From the Heart   Butternut Bounty   Together for the Holidays   Pecan Spice Cookies   First Thanksgiving

From the Ground Up:
Garden of Butterflies   Have it Delivered

In Print and On the Screen:
Hope's Edge   Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

Everything Herbal:
Sunny St. John's Wort

A Balance of Health:
Veterinarian with a Vision   Coping with Holiday Stress with Dr. Ramaley

Treading Lightly:
Cover it Cork   Heat is On   Light My Fire   Gifting Green   Outside the Box

Life Out Loud:
Travels into Tribe

Looking Within:
Falling into Winter   Lighting up the Holidays   Four Eyes

In Community:
Center of Community   Family by Choice

Backing Out:
Life Works

Covering It:
Enough is Enough, by Kylie Loynd
I listened to the women around the table run themselves down. It was our monthly Mom's Night Out. As we traded mothering stories, each woman received praise for courage, dedication or strength. Yet one after another demurred, seeing only an unattained ideal.

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Whole Foods:
Herbal Vinegar, by Alexa Robbins
One of my favorite projects in December is to make herbal vinegars as gifts. It warms and centers me during the busy holiday season. The outcome of this fun venture delights friends and family and adds flavor to my own pantry. There are several methods of preparing herbal vinegar, but I like the ones that require little effort.

Pecan Spice Cookies, by Lee Revere
Here's a wonderful holiday cookie that won't send you into a sugar-induced coma. These cookies are irresistible, easy to make and good anytime of the year. I premixed the dry ingredients and brought them along on our summer vacation at the shore. Once there I just added the oil and maple syrup and popped them in the oven. They're delicious fresh or frozen.

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From the Ground Up:
Garden of Butterflies, by Marian Wineman
The emergence of a monarch butterfly fascinated me when I was eight. Each day I would peek into the jar to see if the mysterious shiny cylindrical case had cracked, signaling the final stage of metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. Cautiously, I collected a zebra-striped caterpillar from the milkweeds growing in an untamed corner of our yard. I deliberately created a minihabitat in an old mayonnaise jar: a stick for the chrysalis, plenty of milkweed leaves and water. After its wings were fully dry, I released the butterfly back into the wild.

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Everything Herbal:
Sunny St. John's Wort, by Kylie Loynd.
Northwest winters can be long, wet and gray. A little burst of summer could be just what I need… Bright yellow petals open in a small, five-pointed star and fuzzy stamens wave; St. John's wort blooms at the height of the summer. An herb of the sun, it can be harvested and stored in a tincture or topical oil to bring its healing light to the darkest of winter days. (read the entire article)

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A Balance of Health:
Veterinarian with a Vision, by Lee Revere
"I like the James Harriot kind of low-key experience," says Dr. Douglas Yearout, referring to the country veterinarian who wrote All Creatures Great and Small. To create a similar feeling, Doug operates his All Animal & Bird Hospital out of an old house. "Pets usually do better here," he said, motioning to the clinic's reception area, located in the former living room, complete with sleeping cat draped over the back of a worn-in sofa. I'm grateful for the reading material on the coffee table as I wait to hear about his holistic approach to veterinary care.

Coping with Holiday Stress, by Dr. David Ramaley
During the holiday season, it's easy to overextend ourselves. Holiday parties, overeating, shopping, and extra cooking for friends and family can push us over the edge. The end result can leave us feeling fatigued, weak, and vulnerable to infection. (read the complete article)

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Treading Lightly:
Gifting Green, by Kylie Loynd
My first trip to a Toys R Us with my daughter, Niya, was a revelation for the both of us. A monstrous warehouse of toys that seemed cheap and highly commercial, I knew getting in and out intact was going to require a feat of orchestration. Did we really need a toy from a place like this? Post TRU, I took the ostrich approach: I simply didn't go to toy stores. But by the time Keenan was born, birthday party invitations were multiplying. I couldn't avoid the issue any longer; something had to give…

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Life Out Loud:
Travels into Tribe, by Kylie Loynd.
It took three years to realize what was missing in my life, and two more to gather my Tribe. Women in the trenches of early mothering like me, we came together in desperation, driven to leap right over that social wall that bids you to smile and say, "We're doing fine," when the days are stretched so thin that you feel brittle with the strain of supporting them.

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Looking Within:
Falling into Winter, by Lee Revere
"Are you prepared for winter?" a neighbor asked during the fall of the first year in our new home. We had just moved from the city to a rural area north of Seattle. I studied his face, waiting for laughter or an explanation that never came. He commuted to Seattle every day, just as we did at the time. Did he really live so differently from the rest of us? It took that first winter to understand what his words meant to me.

Lighting up the Holidays, by Alexa Robbins
Late one December afternoon, I sat looking out my office window at a dark, ominous sky. I wondered what had been making my clients so sad over the past few weeks. Crying can be healing, but my office was beginning to look like Niagara Falls. As the rain poured down, Christmas lights began to shimmer on rooftops and fences outside. Of course, it's the holidays! It's the season of sharing and caring. And, conversely, it's also that volatile time of year that my husband has been known to call "the family-stabbing season."

Four Eyes, by Marie J. Nelson
I believe that the world consists of two kinds of people: those who have good vision and those who don't. For those who have no need for vision correction, it's difficult to comprehend what wearing glasses or contacts means. As for us nearly-blind people, we often straddle two separate worlds: the world of clear vision and the world of blurry, indistinct shapes.

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In Community
Center of Community, Based on an interview with Phinney Neighborhood Association's Executive Director, Ed Medeiros, Education Director, Emily Heindsmann and Well Home Program Director, Michael Broili.
I'd been listening to stories about the PNA since I moved to Seattle. When conversation turned to community, their name always popped up. It didn't matter if the speaker lived nearby or not; one of our friends was a member though she lived miles away. Some were local members, others took classes without joining. The need for community had been on my mind a lot of late; I was curious to find out why this association thrived when others have not survived... (read the entire article)

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Family by Choice, by Khris Fruits
Humans are a social species; we do not survive alone. Perhaps for the most fortunate of us, blood relatives are all we ever need as family. I have a feeling there are very few of those people. For whatever reasons, many of us find ourselves distant from our blood relatives - emotionally, spiritually or physically distant. Sometimes all of these things. Understanding that closeness is a vital element of our humanity, most of us supplement our birth families or replace them entirely. For us, family is something that is more a feeling than a lineage.

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Backing Out:
Life Works, by Kylie Loynd
"Mama, is the magazine done yet?" a voice whispered from somewhere near the periphery of my desk. "I said when will the magazine be done?" the voice repeated with more volume and emphasis. This attempt succeeded in penetrating my work haze, and I stopped typing and turned with full attention to address my four-year-old daughter, Keenan.

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