People say our ancestors knew more about plants than we do. Not my ancestors. Three generations ago, half my family still lived in the city, more familiar with street names than the names of flowers or trees. My grandmothers didn’t forage for herbal remedies, they bought cough syrup and calamine at the drugstore. Yet it’s true that on a grander scale, our collective knowledge about plant and animal life has dwindled.

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Am I ready for a summer break? You better believe it. But these kids, they’ve grown on me. I’m glad I said yes.

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Why it’s good to name frogs. And why it’s good to be around teenagers.

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When it comes to social media here’s what I think is most important to remember: even though you can’t control the algorithms, you do have a lot of control over your experience. You choose who you follow. You choose what you share. And you choose how often and how much you engage.

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I had managed fairly well as an introverted mom when I just had one child. I had time to rest during my son’s naps and, after he began sleeping through the night, long evenings to spend alone with my husband. Even sleep deprivation was almost endurable with just one baby. But when one baby became two, my margin dissipated and my stress levels rose. And when two became three, I reached a breaking point.

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The Internet can become a downward spiral, and yet it can also be a thing of beauty, helping us connect like never before in human history. It all has to do with mindset, motive, and purpose.

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