Rachel Turiel

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: sanjuandrive@frontier.net

Son strong, healthy despite a premature start

November is National Prematurity Awareness month, a cause close to my heart. My son, Col, was born at 25 weeks, almost eight years ago. We were airlifted to Denver when my water broke at 24 weeks....

DATE: Nov. 17, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Part of growing up is learning to appreciate differences

Lately, the kids’ questions seem to be outpacing my ability to deliver satisfactory answers. In the last week, we’ve covered Electoral College votes, climate change, credit cards and the Democratic...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

With young children, there’s always time for LEGOs and art

Sometimes, I see my kids’ lives as these orderly timelines, where say, potty training is a neat little check mark somewhere between ages 2 and 3. But really it’s more like climbing a mountain...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Changing of the seasons offers comforting sense of predictability

Oh summer, you circus of sensory pleasures! For months, the land is blindingly green, bright blossoms flag down honeybees and butterflies, and our fleece jackets sit on indoor hooks looking sort of...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

What do you do when it’s time for chickens to go from yard to plate?

Me (to Dan): So, the roosters are getting dropped off here on Monday around 4 p.m. Does that work for you?Col: But I thought you can’t have roosters in town.Rose: Yeah, because they wake up John...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Overwhelmed by kids? Sometimes, the solution is to join in the fun

It’s archery season here in Southwest Colorado, that time of year we send Dan off with his homemade bow, an insane amount of calories and our fervent good wishes on pursuing his elkiest dreams.The...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Going for gold daily in the Parenting Olympics

I appreciate those muscled, highly-disciplined Olympian athletes – I mean, if I actually had a TV and time to watch the Olympics, I might. But I can’t help wanting to give gold medals to, say, my...

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

Alaska brings adventure – and a little inner peace

In Col’s kindergarten classroom, there was this landform model, into which you could pour a cup of water, watching it flow down the drainages, fill up lakes and empty into the ocean. I keep...

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

It’s surprising how much can happen over the course of a weekend

We woke up Saturday morning at 10,200 feet to robins singing a summery tune, our friend Glenn strumming his fiddle, a lone domestic sheep bleating and a sheepdog circling its charge, trying to lead...

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

Birthday uncovers choice between planning for future, seizing day

“It’s kind of a big one,” I tell the kids about turning 40.“Like when I turned 5,” Rosie says knowingly.“Exactly.”“But why is it so big?” Col wants to know. “It’s because of the decades,” I tell...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Flood of emotions comes with visit to emergency room

If the emergency room at Rivergate wasn’t completely empty, I’d feel a little sheepish, bringing in Col, my 7-year-old son, who skips alongside me noting proudly, “this is the latest I’ve ever been...

DATE: June 16, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Seemingly ordinary childhood activities are to be cherished

Despite the fussing baby boy in the library yesterday whom I badly wanted to scoop up and snuggle (“You go ahead and get some work done,” I’d say to his father who was on his laptop, “I’ll be in...

DATE: June 2, 2012 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

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