Rachel Turiel

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: sanjuandrive@frontier.net

Straddling two worlds like no one else: Turning 5 is a crazy time

“Coley, this spot here is for the truffles,” Rose says, pointing to a nifty folding bench on her Lego airplane.“Truffles?”“Yes. This is where you keep your truffles. When you’re flying.”Rose...

DATE: May 19, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

For a mom, passage of time is a slippery, confounding thing

I love this time of year, how spring creeps along methodically – green grass, check; dandelion flowers, check; high arcing sun, check – and then suddenly, a peach tree erupts pinkly, and it’s like...

DATE: May 5, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

A look at life’s big picture helps you rejoice in the little things

My family and I have just returned from my grandmother’s memorial, a festival of relatives and ghosts. After the sharing of stories, a pack of young cousins blurred by, shrieking and laughing,...

DATE: April 14, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Springtime family traditions not always what you’d expect

Last month, Col learned about St. Patrick’s day at school. “I guess if you don’t wear green there’s this elf that pinches you,” he said matter-of-factly before asking, “But do we even celebrate...

DATE: March 31, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

A little disorganization may sometimes lead to buried treasure

My pocket notebook, which serves as the external hard drive to my own mind – where I jot down ideas and observations that would otherwise slip through the wide cracks of my brain – is missing. I’ve...

DATE: March 17, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

An adventure to hobo cave a good way to spend a day outside

If you looked on our calendar this weekend, you’d see today’s slot marked adventurously with “hike to hobo cave.” But if you peered in our house this afternoon, you’d see Col and Rose affixed to...

DATE: March 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

With energy, imagination, kids may know something we don’t

This winter we’ve all become sort of pleasantly agoraphobic, passing entire days at home, inside. By 3 p.m., I feel like I’ve been watching the daylong rehearsal of the new, hip indie film – you...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Middle childhood a time of sweetness, independence

The kids are next door at the neighbor’s. I am stirring a pot of soup on the stove – the kind we call “everlasting soup” that gets reinvented every night with a new vegetable. It’s 20 degrees...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Motherhood about raising and celebrating the child you have

Col and Rose are eating granola, discussing everyone they know with a January birthday, in order. First Mariah, then Kiva, then Asher and then finally, on Jan. 9, Col.“I wish I was first,” Col...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Adulthood and other myths: You don’t need to know it all

Dan turned 40 last month. I’m studying him closely for signs of a midlife crisis emerging suddenly like a case of adult-onset acne. But there he is, snacking on leftover birthday cake and smiling...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

In universe of growing kids, looking up keeps things grounded

We’ve been studying the solar system around here. And last Sunday when I was snuggled up with Col on my friend Melanie’s couch watching a NOVA special about the Universe, I felt so grown up, or at...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

When it comes to marriage, there’s no place I’d rather be

Dan and I took a walk together, alone, this weekend. We laughed about how much time we used to spend together in the nine (nine!) years before our first child was born. It’s a little surreal,...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

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