Stuff by Judith Ritschard

  • Sections: Columns Published

    Bits & Pieces: Becoming a fermentista

    This new book I have assures me that, “fermenting vegetables is a simple, inexpensive process that was used reliably for a few thousand years.” 

    Okay, so if it’s so simple why am I so scared to venture into the world of lacto-fermentation? I assure you I know my… read more →

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    Getting the most out of an exchange

    “Isn’t your life already too busy to host an exchange student?” is a question we heard over and over.

    I don’t know? Aren’t all our lives eternally busy in some form or another?  But our dedication to raise two boys to be globally awareread more →

  • Sections: Opinion Published

    Mexicans don't ski?

    I don’t know about you,  but I’m still buzzing with fuzzy good feelings days and days after attending the 5Point Film Festival. One film that caught my attention this year was The Brotherhood of Skiing, a film about an organization of black skiers that started in 1973.… read more →

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    Bits & Pieces: All’s fair if you’ve got the cash?

    Let me tell you about the time I got busted for cheating in school.

    During my sophomore year in high school I got a big fat zero on an English assignment and, frankly, I deserved it. I suppose with pressure from juggling athletics, my social life,read more →

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    Parenting with presence

    As usual, our favorite Mexican restaurant was packed.

    The parents at the table next to us didn’t even flinch as their kids raced around not just their table, but everyone else’s, too. Several times the kids got in the way of the servers carrying hot food out of… read more →

  • Sections: Columns Published

    Bits & Pieces: The most important piece of equipment

    Goggles. Check. Helmet. Check. Ten-year old skis and jacket with questionable waterproofness. Check and check.

    I can’t help that as I pack my bags to go on this ski adventure halfway around the world with some fancy clients, some feelings of inadequacy start bubbling more →

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    Bits & Pieces: Making peace with privilege

    You might have read the story about the white women in Tennessee who recently sauntered around a mall in their hoodies to prove a point.

    They went to the same mall that had recently handcuffed several black men for breaking the no hoodie policy, andread more →

  • Sections: Columns Published

    Bits & Pieces: Taking one for the team

    I’m a bad soccer mom.

    I don’t know all the rules of the game. I get the game schedule conflicted with my work schedule or previous family commitments. And, yes, there are times I dread spending a large chunk of my day — or worse, aread more →

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    Bits & Pieces: So long, summer

    Summer vacation is a sneaky little devil. Like a Catholic schoolgirl, the first few weeks of summer break seem so sweet and innocent, but, as you all know, things aren’t always as they seem.

    In May I spent way too much time putting together the puzzleread more →

  • Sections: Columns Published

    Bits & Pieces: Welcome to 40

    More than I care to admit I find myself thinking, “Ugh, kids these day!” And I sound like my parents when I hear myself asking a dozen times a day, “Who left all these lights on? Don’t you boys know we have to pay for electricity?”

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