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I’m not an expert in Critical Race Theory (“CRT”) by any means, just a layperson who has done my fair share of reading on the topic. As with most of the country, I started hearing about CRT for the first time last year, and consequently, Evangelical and conservative opposition to it. At first, I couldn’t understand what about CRT was so objectionable. The framework for addressing and identifying institutional racism struck me as entirely sensible at first blush. As podcaster Jasmine Bradshaw explains, CRT focuses on the impact, not the intent of laws and institutions.

I started to realize that…

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Apparently everyone I know gets botox now. Generally, there’s a nationwide phenomenon of seeing one’s face on Zoom calls that has increased the demand for cosmetic procedures. I’m also squarely in my mid-thirties, and perhaps I’m just hearing about it more as my friends and I age. Whatever the case may be, it is a topic that comes up a lot these days in my circles.

To inject or not to inject?

Gone are the early, experimentational days when a puffy, frozen-faced look was the result of Botox injections. The Botox my friends are getting looks great. That is to say: you can’t tell who gets…

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When I was pregnant, I read ten or more pregnancy and parenting books. As expected, many of the books touched on the pros and cons of breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding. The general impression I was left with was that breastfeeding and formula feeding both have benefits and drawbacks, and that the choice should be left up to the mother or parent. The word “choice” always seemed to be at the fulcrum of these discussions. For example: “If you choose to breastfeed…” “Whatever you choose to do, know that your baby is healthy…” “Should you choose to bottle feed...”

A matter of choice?

The whole…

Everything you need to know before you buy for your little one

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was confident that I wouldn’t fall for the marketing ploys of the baby product industry. Just hearing the word “registry” made me want to run in the other direction. I was sure that I would have a baby, and my home would remain exactly as it had always been, free of plastic contraptions and primary-colored baby accouterments. I would eat in restaurants without rolling in a huge stroller and diaper bag, just a simple baby wrap and a few diapers in my purse. …

Migraines are more than just bad headaches.

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I’ve suffered from migraines for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I’d play outside in the hot Texas sun, then spend afternoons curled up in bed with the lights off and a pillow over my head. Throbbing behind one eye, nausea, loss of appetite, freezing cold feet and hands, confusion, and, of course, pain are some of my symptoms.

As I grew up, I learned more about migraines from doctors and books. I learned that I wasn’t alone. However, as common as migraines are, there are a wide range of symptoms that different people experience. For example…

An accountability partner helps me read with intention.

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Midway through 2020, I realized I was in a reading rut, and I didn’t know how to climb out. I’ve always been one to read multiple books at once, and up until recently, it had been working well. But something about the pandemic, a sense of scarcity of reading time, and a jumbled-anxious brain sent my reading habits off the rails.

In June of 2020, I noticed I had 18 books in my “currently reading” list on Goodreads. And these were all books that had passed my “60 page rule,” that I was enjoying and intended to finish. Yet I…

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Raising our daughter to speak multiple languages is one of our top priorities as a family. The benefits have been well documented in research: richer social interactions, cognitive advantages, higher self-esteem, greater empathy and understanding, and many others. On a personal level, we want to provide our daughter with the opportunity to learn more easily while she is still young, as well as feel connected to her cultural identity.

I am a non-native Spanish speaker and my husband’s native Thai was getting rusty by the time our daughter was born. As we prepared for her birth and early years, we…

Why we have to stop “sucking in” and start breathing with our tummies

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It took 6 months of pelvic floor physical therapy for me to relearn how to breathe in a way that is absolutely natural for my toddler.

Like most women, I’ve always “held in” my stomach, which unfortunately began at a young age in an effort to look thin. After I had a baby, I began recovering from pelvic floor dysfunction and diastasis recti. I found a wonderful pelvic floor physical therapist who treated me for issues I incurred during pregnancy and birth. However, I was shocked when she also pointed out breathing issues I’ve had long before getting pregnant. …

A guide to making the right decision for your family

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When my daughter was born 18 months ago, I carefully considered whether or not to share her photos on my social media accounts. It’s a question that all parents in today’s society must grapple with on some level. Most would agree that there’s something wrong with the “pageant mom” variety of using children’s images, but there is a large grey area between sharing nothing at all and sharing at an exploitative level. I recently asked my social media followers for their opinions on the topic and have summarized my findings below. …

Forget about animal welfare; adopting an old dog is one of the most selfish decisions you can make. It’s so simple. One day you have no pets, and you’re happy. The next day, you have an old dog, and you’re still happy. The rest of your life is exactly the same, now with all of the benefits of unconditional love.

Let’s contrast that last scenario to that of getting a puppy. When you bring a young dog into your home, you effectively say goodbye to uninterrupted sleep, clean carpet, anything wooden, anything soft, anything leather that you might have owned…

Catelyn Silapachai

Texan, plant-based, antiques dealer, compulsive reader.

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