Another good one from Tut’s from the Universe

1 May
Ask, yet expect.
Surrender, yet prepare.
And miracles will abound, Natalie Craig.
You slay me,
The Universe

A good reminder Tut’s from the Universe

27 Apr
Sometimes, understanding their fears, Natalie, helps you to understand their actions and their pain.
Plus, understanding their fears sometimes helps you to understand your own.
Te amo,
The Universe

Why did Jerry Brown *F*me?

24 Apr

Lot’s has happened since I started this blog and one of the most pressing things that I want to be “well-informed” about is childhood vaccines : the risks, the data, the trust and the best option for my kids.

Thanks to a shared-book, “The Parent’s Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations,” from a friend, Cathy, I’ve started looking into the issue.

At this time, I have two daughters.  Zelda 19mo and Odessa 5mo.  Although it is near impossible with two young kids to find time for yourself or for your education, I know we will have more children, so I’d like to educate myself to the best of my ability – now.

In June of 2015 California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, signed “one of the nations toughest” vaccines laws (SB277) barring “barred religious and other personal-belief exemptions for schoolchildren” (LA Times Article).  Why?

It seams the reason for the extreme measure was because in the December of 2014 there was a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and “quickly spread across the west” affecting 150 children (that’s it?  Did anyone die?).


“California joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states to ban vaccination waivers based on religion. All 50 states require immunization of children starting school, although about 20 allow exemptions based on personal beliefs.”

“Only medical exceptions will be allowed for those entering day care and kindergarten. Children with physician-certified allergies and immune-system deficiencies, for example, will be exempted.

Parents can still decline to vaccinate children who attend private home-based schools or independent studies off campus.

“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.””

“Vaccination rates in California’s kindergarten classes steadily declined between 2001 and 2013, particularly in affluent and coastal areas of the state.”

I find it fascinating that all of the doctor’s quoted in this article are male, and seriously… only 150 people infected? That is nothing.

My husband and I just moved back to California from North Carolina, where we were unaware of the public education consequences of not vaccinating, fully, our oldest, Zelda.  We have given her DTAP and a handful of others, but passed on HepB and Rotovirus.  For a number of reasons, one being common sense with HepB (she is not sharing needles or having unprotects sex with anyone at 12mo.. hello) and another that she has eczema and that we have a history of autoimmune issues in our family (my younger brother has Vitiligo).  We were 1 week away from me going back to work & I got hit with the hard truth that no nursery school could take her.  Can you imagine?  1 week out and we have to figure out our alternative options, all of which are far more expensive than a nursery school.  It was and is really challenging & stressful.

Resonates: Tut from the Universe

5 Oct

“It isn’t easy at first, Natalie, but one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone who makes your heart soar is the freedom to learn their own lessons, at their own pace.

Even trickier is discovering that one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone who gets on your nerves is the freedom to learn their own lessons, at their own pace.

And perhaps most challenging of all is understanding that one of the greatest gifts you could ever give yourself is the realization that your heart soaring and your nerves fraying have never been dependent upon other people and their lessons.

The Universe”

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A good reminder

2 Jun

“You don’t have to be careless to be carefree”


Polarities that I’m Trippin on

20 Apr

How can we feel so alone, even though we are one?

How can we be grown ups when we are are still just kids?

What does it mean to be a “good friend”?

16 Apr

Perhaps the hardest part about truly being a good friend is not remembering the birthdays or finding the perfect gift.  Perhaps it is not finding the perfect way to express your version of friendship, but finding the perfect way to accept theirs.

It is truly accepting the other person; accepting them for who they are and where they are at. And when they don’t meet your “expectations” it’s forgiving them and loving them anyways.

We all need a lot of forgiveness, don’t we?

In search of truth, myself and freedom from illusions,

~ N