How to Replace the Incredibly Disgusting Range-Hood Filters Above The Stove (when they're literally dripping grease onto the burners below)

After dialing unsuccessfully through Lowes' call-waiting system, and talking to a Home Depot customer service person who actually went into the back to see if Home Depot carries the correct replacement size (they do not), I finally got through to a Live Person in the Lowe's Appliance Department, who sent me over to the Parts Department, because the filters were not in stock in that store either.

I told the parts guy what I was looking for, and he inquired mildly: "Have you tried cleaning them?"

"Ah...Well, no," I said, "actually, I haven't, because they're literally dripping grease onto

Do Parents Have The Right to Feel Overwhelmed?

I find myself feeling guilty about feeling exhausted by having four kids. I find myself getting defensive: Yeah, I know, If I didn't choose to homeschool them, If I didn't choose to be obsessive over their nutrition, If I balanced my life better, If I had obtained the right sort of therapies for my kids and me, If I managed my stress better, If I didn't choose to be a stay at home mother, if if if...then I could occupy myself with something more legitimately useful about which I could stress, like a Successful/Ambitious Career! Got it.

Some Interesting Articles

Below is an excerpt from an article that makes my blood boil (if you can tolerate a crazy level of boiling, check out this amazing book that goes into great detail concerning why the drug cartels - I mean Pharmaceutical Companies - are more like the mafia than you can even imagine):

"Few know that systematic reviews of hospital charts found that even properly prescribed drugs (aside from misprescribing, overdo

Time Keeps On Whizzing

Let’s meet in a restaurant

Is food the enemy?
Giving a dinner party has become
an ordeal. I lie awake the night
before figuring how to produce

a feast that is vegan, gluten free,
macrobiotic, avoiding all acidic
fruit and tomatoes, wine, all nuts,
low carb and still edible.

Are beetles okay for vegans?
Probably not. Forget chocolate
ants or fried grasshoppers.
Now my brains are cooked.

Finally seven o’clock arrives
and I produce the perfect meal.
At each plate for supper, a bowl
of cleanly washed pebbles.

An Open Letter to the Politicians who Represent Me

Our local newspaper recently published this letter http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/opinion/2015/08/27/guest-viewpoint-health-care/32480417/

We are a family of six, living in Tompkins County.

The Birth of Ivy Lyn

In the moments between the crazy, I am treasuring brief bits of total magic. We have a new baby human at our house! Who three days ago went from upside down, umbilically-attached to me...to lung-breathing-infant On The Outside. She's so new that even though her eyes are bright, you can't yet tell what color they will be. Times like these, you really notice the transitory nature of the universe. Our baby had a time Inside, and is now launched. And this is how the transition went.


I felt like I was in labor for two weeks before Ivy arrived.

It's a...

GIRL!! Our newest little one arrived at 11:11am yesterday morning, surrounded by her family, friends, and midwives.

She's our biggest yet: 7lbs 4oz, and at the moment she has lots of dark hair.

Am feeling rather dazed but exultant. She is adorable and sleepy. The proud papa is doing well, as is the rest of the family...

Please send us good thoughts concerning the baby developing excellent nursing skills!!!

Love, Sarabeth

Snow Days

Dear Family,

“People don’t want to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.” --Geoff Metcalf

"Sometimes medical care (like politics) is the art of the possible." --William Walsh

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." --Oliver Goldsmith


Eliza is incredibly adorable and completely cute, except when she is utterly and totally irrational and/or screaming her guts out.

Some Reading For A Snow Day - Measles, Brain Health, and Epigenetics

I recently read some information provided by an "infectious disease specialist" at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, who was asked, "How effective is the [measles] vaccine?"

John E. Swartzberg, M.D. answered, in part: "Very.

Trajectory of a Year - or, Continuing my Personal Health Adventures

Dear Family,

I have a huge disinclination to draw conclusions about anything health-related. I don't want to be known as That Person who recommends a healing modality after testing it for A Very Short Time, Announces Tremendous Results, and then...experiences a "Relapse" and never discusses said Modality again.

But when is anything in health "conclusive?" Since that's up for debate, and because I have been trying a lot of different things this year, I am going to trepidatiously announce that my mental and physical health status feels a lot more stable and Good Overall.

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