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Making the Switch: Non-Stick Cookware to Stainless Steel Cookware

Ease of clean up. Ease of use. Those are the selling points of non-stick cookware. Non-stick cookware is, however, coated with Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The most well-known formulation of PTFE is Teflon created by the DuPont Company in 1938. (Like the post-it note adhesive created by a 3M scientist, PTFE was an accidental discovery. If you like science reading, head over […]

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Go, See, Play: UW-Madison Geology Museum

On a lazy January Friday afternoon, my son and I made our most recent visit to the free UW- Madison Geology Museum. Turns out it had been so long since we’d been there, that he had forgotten about it. Since he was 3 1/2 or 4, his favorite book has been Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals. My son’s taken this book to […]

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Apparently I’m Aging

Carrie Fisher  (famous for being Leia in the Stars Wars films) is currently being criticized by the media for aging. It’s been 38 years since the original Star Wars was released. Of course she’s aged. She’s human. When learning about explorers in elementary school, I learned that in the early 1500’s Juan Ponce de León was […]

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Family and Mental Illness: Awareness as Mothers

As mothers, we are presented with information and screening information on Postpartum Depression after we give birth. Our physicians may also let our partners/spouses know warning signs for postpartum depression. However, as mothers, we don’t know whether or not 10, 15, or 20+ years from now we may be navigating mental illness and mental health concerns […]

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Childhood Collections

“Sometimes a collection is not just a collection, but a spur to the imagination, to learning and creating.” – Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein This is a snapshot of the recent collections I found almost as offerings on my kitchen counter: Look closely and you’ll see hickory nut casings (that my son was eager to gift me…ants […]

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Supporting the Madison Reading Project

Have you heard about the good the Madison Reading Project has been doing this year? The Madison Reading Project is a rising star in the literacy education and support movement in Madison. Their mission is “to help increase literacy rates in Dane County vulnerable children and encourage a love for reading” (taken from the Madison Reading Project […]

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On Beauty

On a recent Friday afternoon, my son was home from school. He’d been sick on Thursday (fever, chills, lethargy, vomiting… the works!) and while he was symptom free on Friday, he still needed to be home due to the 24-hour-rule. I worked Friday morning while he hung out with my husband who was already off […]

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