It all happened so quickly, once again this year. Our overgrown property went from leafless barren beauty to lush green suffocation seemingly overnight. It begins to obstruct the inviting mountain views. Invasive kudzu and other vines choking out invasive trees like black walnut and locust. It’s too much. My wife Maureen likes to say we are landscape-challenged, and so we are. (I am, she nudges.) We do what we can to preserve a patch around the house and to provide somewhat clear sailing, or rather bumping, down our dirt and gravel driveway. It’s a mess really, kind of a metaphor for life — at least my life.
How often have you heard that raising children today is much more difficult than in the past? For as long as I can remember I’ve heard this proclaimed from parents, especially while their kids are teens. What I call conscious parenting is the intentional focusing on one’s own growth as the first priority while participating in the unscripted play in which you and your kids are live performers. It’s about being centered and balanced as best you can and from there, listening, sharing and being present with your children. It’s an evolving relationship where you are constantly learning from each other and it never ends.
Discussion between a reader and our health editor about the health benefits or detriments of soy
We love getting WNC Woman but Maureen’s latest article about soy…oi vey! “I council (sic) others to move away from soy…” I’m so tired of Weston-Price types’ fear mongering. Most of the articles she cites have been disproved or never replicated studies.
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