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cold, groundhog's day, illness, Jasmine Wood, kindness, mothering, parenting, Rita, sick, spring -

By Donna Bruschi Perhaps the warmth of the last several weeks has you feeling like I do--hopeful that the relentless cold and darkness of the coming months will not happen after all!  The longer nights, shorter days, chill, and dampness depress me, and I find it hard to be happy, and even more, difficult to accomplish my daily tasks. And worse, every sniffle or hint of a scratchy throat sends a frisson of terror through my heart. Because pandemic be damned, it's also the season of runny noses! As we are slowly drawn into winter, cold and flu-like illnesses abound and these illnesses drain me. As terrible as I feel, usually, there is...

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creation, emotions, empowerment, gratitude, Jasmine Wood, joy, love, mama, mothering, parenting, pregnancy, Rita, warrioress -

This morning I woke up a warrioress!

When I looked in the mirror my face looked the same, my hair was falling in its typical messy, uneven way, yet something had changed…. As I looked deeper into my own two eyes I could feel the change deep down inside me, deeper than my bones.

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compassion, emotions, gratitude, Jasmine Wood, joy, kindness, love, mama, parenting, Rita, toddler -

What are some better titles for what we do? I prefer "professional multi-tasker specializing in damage control" or "personal chef to a person with peculiar eating habits" even "24 hour fresh & local milk provider"

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compassion, creation, gratitude, Jasmine Wood, love, mama, mothering, pregnancy, Rita, transitions -

By Jasmine Wood “Isn’t it funny, how a bear likes honey. Buzz, Buzz, Buzz. I wonder why he does…”  This is one of my favorite lines from my daughter’s bedtime book collection! (Classic Winnie the Pooh) It is one of those story lines that always gets my mind working. It makes me think of the famous philosopher, Rumi’s quote: “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” Intrinsically, we find ourselves drawn to those things that make us feel fulfilled, just as Pooh finds himself drawn to the...

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breastfeeding, friends, imperfection, Jasmine Wood, keeping calm, kindness, mothering, parenting, Rita, toddler -

Recently, my 2 ½ year old daughter and I were at the library socializing with other children her age. A nursing toddler, a little girl, Rita’s size, caught her eye. She hurried over and asked “Are you nursing?” The mother replied “Yes.” politely, while the nursing toddler continued breastfeeding.

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