We love food!

Martha McCormickNutrition & Health, Social JusticeLeave a Comment

Sara, Shelly and I just finished a Zoom meeting with the Iowa Department of Education. They want us to work with them on activities and fact sheets to flesh out their latest nutrition education efforts. It’s going to be fun and exciting to tag onto the culinary competitions they sponsored in high schools across Iowa last year. There aren’t many … Read

Just Calm Down!

Martha McCormickHome Learning Resources, Mindfulness & Movement2 Comments

Mary in savasana (corpse pose)

My name is Mary. I am nine years old. Yesterday, I went to yoga class to help show some of the activities. It was really fun! We had three 30-minute classes. The students were in pre-K through fifth grade. I noticed when the students came into the gym they were a little crazy and when they left, they were calm. … Read

Happy (Virtual) New Year’s Eve!

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Happy New Year!

2020 has been quite a year! And at the Hostel Taco we’re ready to wish it a not-so-fond goodbye! So, we’re having a Zoom-based Virtual Party!!! Please join us for dancing, deep thoughts, fortune telling, games and of course chatting around the Punch Bowl! We’ll be sharing some details and resources on this post, so watch for updates in the … Read

Women’s Work

Martha McCormickPhilosophy & Musings, Social Justice1 Comment

June Day

It’s complicated. Cook. Wash dishes. Mop the floor. Clean the toilet. Do the laundry. Change diapers. Even though we have careers, paying jobs, and own businesses, much of this work falls on our shoulders. And laps. And keeps us on our toes. In the last year, I fired our cleaning service and started taking care of my granddaughter June one day … Read

Celebrate Juneteenth!

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Face Painting

Tomorrow is Juneteenth, the anniversary of the announcement of the end of slavery. It’s not a well known holiday for lots of reasons. One is that we don’t really like to talk about that part of our history. We don’t like to acknowledge the shadow side of our country and culture. But “If you are serious about American culture and … Read

Ain’t I A Woman?

Martha McCormickSocial Justice1 Comment

Women on TP Shuffle

“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.”–Sojourner Truth, 1851 As I understand it, when Sojourner Truth  spoke the … Read