All posts tagged: Boston

raising a child in this crazy, beautiful world

Before our babies are born, we agonize over what to eat and what not to eat.  We spend days pondering over what crib is safest and what kind of swaddle will prevent SIDS.  We then feed our children pesticide-free food and surround them with things labeled “organic” because we only want the best for them.  We spend the majority of our time making sure our children are safe in the car, at daycare, at school, in our homes with high end car seats and well-researched schools and gates to keep them away from stairs. These  pure little beings are our world and they depend on us to protect them. All we want is create a beautiful life for our families in this usually beautiful world. The  Sandy Hook parents sent their children to school in December last year in mittens and hats to keep them warm.  They fed them breakfast and packed lunches for them.  They made sure they got enough sleep the night before.  Yet, they couldn’t keep their babies safe. The day of …

important event for you Boston animal lovers

A while back, I wrote about my experience at True Bistro (complete with bad Blackberry photos, as that is the only camera I had at the moment).  Click here to read that post.  It is one of the best restaurants in the Boston area and what a bonus that it is also vegan. This week, you are invited to a really great fundraising event at this fabulous restaurant, which just so happens to be Boston Magazine’s chosen Best Vegetarian Restaurant of 2011.   You’ll get to meet Jason Lewis, a representative that deserves a ton of support and applause because HE stands up for animals.  He is the lead sponsor of Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (there is an informative article here that tells you more about this wonderful bill) which would ban inhumane factory farming practices in our state. He is also a co-sponsor of a vital bill that will update Massachusetts’ antiquated animal control statutes and a bill that would protect pets from domestic violence. Another special guest at this event will …

thank you, mother nature

Every spring, I prune and prod and weed and water.  I spray my roses to ward of thrips. I do my best to fight grubs and move plants around to fill areas out.  I spend a lot of time plucking new maple seedlings from the ground and fertilizing, fertilizing, and fertilizing with worm poop and Neptune’s Harvest (though eek – just realized Neptune’s Harvest is fish-derived, so I guess I may need to find a new one).  Very time consuming, but oh how I love looking at the fruits of my hard labor every year. This year, mother nature realized that I just had bigger priorities, so she helped me out. Everything simply exploded this year. I am not talking about vegetables or annuals, but rather my perennials.  Bit by bit, I’ve accumulated lovely plants.  Many came from my childhood home in Upstate New York.  Rather than leave their beloved perennials when moving, my parents potted them up and I drove back to Boston one April day with a small SUV LOADED with our family’s favorite …