Rachel Turiel

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: sanjuandrive@frontier.net

Sweet traditions invigorate this cold, dark season

Rose is balanced on a chair, placing candles in our family’s menorah, while I am hitting the household “hot spots” (couch clutter, table crumbs from breakfast, bathroom sink) before our Hanukkah...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

To savor kids’ many seasons, live in the now

Every morning, I sit at the kitchen table with an alarming level of gratitude for coffee, while gazing out at the two crab apple trees we planted when Col was just a wobbly ride-along. These trees...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Everyday offers an opportunity to live our values

It’s Sunday morning and Col and Rose are circled around a pile of Legos. They could stay here all day, or at least until their fingers have begun the evolutionary adaptation of sprouting their own...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

From the murk of conflict to the light of harmony

We’re in the late afternoon vortex, everyone milling around the house like they’re auditioning for the role of most irritable, lethargic family member. The kids are bickering for the same...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

The business of growing up is complicated

I feel a little blasphemous admitting to you that I am feeling just fine about transitioning out of the perma-freedom days of summer into a little more structure. Maybe it’s because much of summer...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

10-year-old chef brings his own recipe to kitchen

How to cook with a 10-year-old: First, crack a beer. Next, put on Pandora. Accept that he refuses to wear an apron. Take five deep breaths. Explain to Rose, age 8, that no, when you take a deep...

DATE: July 22, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Slower summer lifestyle rich, rewarding

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt In summer, the door swings wide...

DATE: June 24, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Finding everything we need on trip to desert

Every crevice of the car is packed. The kids are human puzzle pieces wedged between carefully stacked ramparts of coolers, water jugs, sleeping bags. Four handmade bows bisect the vehicle...

DATE: April 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Being a mother – in this moment and the next

It’s 5 p.m. There are two extra kids at our house, a sinkful of dishes and piles of discarded clothes festering in sparkly pink clumps. The kitchen table is layered with paper flotsam. The fridge...

DATE: March 14, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Life is equal parts precious, out of our control

I am drinking coffee, reading the paper and fielding interruptions from the kids in a parody of my own routine morning ordinariness when my phone rings. It is my friend Stephanie, whom I’ve known...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Too much time lingering over past misses present

Recently, I bought a package of balloons for a science experiment, and the very presence of these balloons, bouncing around the house, has reduced the kids into noun-limited toddlers (waking up,...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood


It’s 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, two hours after our children are usually nestled into bunk beds. We’re with friends, their living room turned dance floor packed with the bendy bodies of...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

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