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Everything is Perfect

January 27, 2016
"If you want reality to be different than what it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.” Author/teacher Byron Katie Saturday morning after yoga I returned home to find my 13 year-old playing video games, the downstairs living area was trashed, chores had been tossed out the window and...
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Authorize Dental Therapy: More kids shouldn’t go through what I suffered

January 21, 2016
Many children suffer from poverty and deal with problems daily and don’t speak up. They rely on other people’s voices to tell their story and I am here to bring up my voice and tell my story. In 2008, I was simply a 7-year-old little girl that should have been playing. I should not have had to deal...
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New Jersey Governor Rejects Bill to Limit Shackling of Pregnant Women in Prison

January 20, 2016
Women in New Jersey jails and prisons face yet another year without legislative protection from shackling during pregnancy and childbirth. The Governor chose not to sign the bill that landed on his desk the last day of the session. A spokesperson for Governor Chris Christie declined to comment on...
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What is uniquely yours to do?

January 20, 2016
“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.” ― Charles de Lint Saturday while in a deep...
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Breasts Are for Breastfeeding Too

January 19, 2016
Wendy Williams just won’t stop insulting breastfeeding mothers. In 2014, the talk show host went in on Karlesha Thurman, an undergraduate student who posted an image online of herself breastfeeding at her college graduation. Last week, she offended actress Alyssa Milano, a guest on her show...
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A response to Wendy Williams on breastfeeding, Alyssa Milano

January 14, 2016
"I know you would never bring a fellow woman and mother, who represents everything beautiful and miraculous about being a woman and mother, on to your show to attempt to drag her down on national television. Breasts are not ‘fun bags’."
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When Companies Help Making Life Easier for Breastfeeding Moms

January 14, 2016
Frequent travel is part of my job. When still breastfeeding, I often flew to work with my breast pump and storage bags; flew home with my breast milk in coolers. During that 30 months, my dear pump and coolers have been to Los Angeles, Phoenix, Columbus, Austin, Taipei, and other cities with me...
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Turning 50

January 12, 2016
“Now I see that the journey was never meant to lead to some new and improved version of me; that it has always been about coming home to who I already am.” ― Katrina Kenison, Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment I was elated last week to turn 50. My husband makes fun of me. He says I'm...
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New Jersey Passes Bill to Limit Shackling of Women in Labor

January 11, 2016
On the last day of the legislative session, New Jersey lawmakers enacted a measure to limit the use of restraints on women during labor and childbirth. The Assembly voted 75-0, following a 39-0 vote in the Senate earlier in the year. It is now up to Governor Chris Christie to decide whether to sign...
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#NHPrimaryConcerns - join the conversation

January 7, 2016
New Hampshire gets a lot of attention these days, with so many candidates running around the state it is hard to avoid the hordes of media that are hot on their tails. However, I ask you this - Are they talking about what you are interested in? Every Child Matters and MomsRising want to make sure...
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