Danielle Simone Brand is a mother of two, a die-hard idealist, and a breaker of conventions. She began her longtime career as a meditation and yoga teacher back when that was a strange thing to do. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA from American University and has worked as a staff writer, an academic editor, and a researcher on issues of international conflict resolution. Having grown up in suburban Hawaii, Danielle had no practical rural skills, nor any reason to believe she could handle a true mountain winter. All she had was her yearning for a homemade life for her family — and the willingness to write about it.
My mother loves her grandkids with gusto, and spends time and money on them accordingly. When she comes from Canada to visit us for a few weeks in California, she enlivens our house with her fun,…quirky presence. But when she’s here, I admit to feeling discomfort — OK, resentment — over her refusal to set aside her own agenda. I love my mom. And while she has many good qualities, like a willingness to make messes — and sometimes even clean them up — and her enthusiasm for helping my… >> Read More
Like many of you, I am a busy mom. And yet, my life allows me just the tiniest bit of space to nurture quiet within.
By that, I mean I meditate daily, and by "tiniest bit" I mean I do it for just…20 minutes a day — sometimes only 10 or 15 minutes. You’d be surprised what you can accomplish in such a short time. I meditate every morning at 6:30 a.m., while my husband makes breakfast and sorts out whatever kid arguments have arisen overnight (somehow my children manage to nurture grudges while asleep). After 20… >> Read More