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Daily Archives: August 7, 2017

Runaway Mom

My Teenager’s Not a Flight Risk. But I am. At age 55, I set out alone to hike the Camino de Santiago from Portugal to Spain. Like so many pilgrims, I came home both reflective and giddy, eager to share my experience about walking the sacred Way, and what it meant to me. Here’s what I never talk about: I left my 16-year-old son home alone while I did it. That’s right. I left the country, strapped on my backpack, and allowed my teenager to fend for himself for several weeks. In my defense, it was all his idea. Cameron adamantly refused stay with relatives; he had school, he said, and his part-time job at the burger joint, his speech competitions on Saturdays, and his theater rehearsals. He wasn’t budging. So I ran away to Europe, and left him. Alone. The youngest…

Stop Eating Meat! (Just Kidding)

Well, I’m kidding a little. We Americans love meat – roasted, grilled, fried, baked or simmered all day in our greens. We don’t consider a meal complete without a big hunk of beef, pork or chicken taking up half the plate, and when we hit the fast food joints, we head straight for the double-thick, extra-large, bacon-covered animal flesh. We feed our kids the same way, teaching them to savor all that fatty goodness, and to turn up their noses at broccoli. And let’s face it: meat is yummy. Is there any aroma more intoxicating than thick steaks on your outdoor BBQ? Who can live without fried chicken? Or a succulent, perfectly roasted turkey? The problem is the amount of meat we consume far exceeds what is healthy for our bodies, our community or our planet. Americans eat an average of .75 pounds of meat…