Ilana

I can't believe I've lived seven years without my friend Ilana.Time keeps on marching forward (at least from the limited perspective here in maya). Grief is not raw anymore the way it used to be. I think I've accepted that she has moved on to another plane of existence. She still sometimes visits me in my dreams and I cherish that time with her.Now that I have a son I am sad that he will never know his Aunt Ilana. I am sad too that she was not able to experience motherhood, as she so … [Read more...]


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Zero Waste Resolution Update

It's been 15 days! Okay, it's not that impressive that my New Year's Resolution is still on track...but it is and I'm pleased. I'm highly motivated to keep trash out of the landfill and that is guiding me to make decisions and find the energy  to make more things myself. In other words, a whole lot of cooking from scratch. And even when I'm tired, it's worth it to not bring a pile of trash into the house to eat fast food!People often advise me to take things slow, one step at a time. But … [Read more...]


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Garrick Ravi’s Annaprashan

Well I kind of messed this one up. I knew there was a ceremony called Annaprashan sometime in a baby's first year. But the time flew by and when I looked more closely at what it was, I found out that it is the ceremonial feeding of the first solid food. And Garrick Ravi has already started trying solid foods. We started trying them with him to get him to sleep better at night (which, for the record, did not work). He doesn't eat much solid food yet, just bites here and there (and he prefers very … [Read more...]


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It’s Craft Time!

I stumbled across a craft blog that has a ton of interesting and beautiful Hindu-based craft ideas!The first one I came to was a post on how to make faux marigolds. They look stunning and so realistic. I love how she shows a bunch of different ways to use them.I explored some more and found a lot of craft projects that I want to do. She has tons of wonderful ideas and now my mind is dancing with the possibilities of all the holiday decorations I can create.Of course I just want … [Read more...]


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Zero Waste 2017 Challenge

It's coming up on time to make New Year's Resolutions. I love the opportunity for a fresh start and a renewal of enthusiasm. This year my resolution is to get as close to zero waste as I can.I am super enthusiastic to cut back on waste, especially food packaging waste. So here is an overview of where I'm at now and what I hope to accomplish in 2017. Zero waste is a lofty goal and I don't expect to get to the point of keeping a year's worth of waste in a single mason jar, but I can … [Read more...]


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In Defense of the Selfie Stick

The people I know tend to be of the non-materialistic type who value experiences over stuff and see selfies as an example of narcissism. Sometimes we have a tendency to look down on people who have different interests than us and I see a lot of snobbish looking down on people who enjoy taking lots of pictures of themselves.I've seen a bunch of memes criticizing people who take selfies (presumably) instead of enjoying their surroundings. There was a video gleefully praising a man who was … [Read more...]


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Depression-Shaming Kills

I started watching a new Netflix show: a murder mystery, which are my favorite kind. But pretty soon it became clear that the answer to the mystery involved how doctors prescribe too many pills and pharma is evil and suddenly we're all medicated into a zombie stupor and depressed people could use a nature walk. You might think that's just one character in the show, but no, this theme appears with the threads of at least three or four characters.I had to stop watching. Because … [Read more...]


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Indian Nursing Clothes

Now that I finally have a temple home and a regular appointment there I'm breaking out my salwar kameez again. I'm having two problems with my suits, though. The first is that my bust size has grown from nursing and so all the ones I have are very tight in the chest. The second is that I can't nurse in a kameez top. A sari, of course, always fits and I can nurse in, but that's way too dressed up for what I'm doing. I don't want to be a hundred times more dressed up than my friends! (If you are … [Read more...]


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Taking the Christ out of Christmas

Every year I never know quite how I'm going to feel about Christmas. Sometimes I'm bothered by its prevalence and how omnipresent Christianity is in America's culture. Sometimes it doesn't seem like a big deal.This year I feel a little better about it because Diwali actually got some attention. There was a Diwali holiday stamp this year at the post office for the first time and the makeup company M.A.C. made a Diwali-themed makeup pallette.I wasn't going to go to the holiday party my … [Read more...]


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