Archives for September 2015

Postpartum Depression: You’re Still in There Somewhere

By Mindy K. Urueta

Months of planning, anticipation and choosing the perfect name lead up to that moment when your new baby arrives and you feel your heart fill with immeasurable joy. Your baby is finally here and you’ve gotten through those first few weeks of sleepless nights and your body is readjusting to no longer being pregnant. During these first days or weeks, it is common for postpartum women to experience what is known as the “baby blues.” Fortunately, these hormonal ups and downs soon pass and life moves on with baby and family.

Stranger in the Mirror
As time passes, instead of joy you feel yourself overcome with anxiety and fear— perhaps even anger or a lack of interest in your baby. Suddenly all the planning and blissful dreams are replaced with feelings of disinterest or inadequacy. You worry that you are unable to care for your baby. You fear that you might injure your baby. You’re feeling as if you aren’t able to do anything right, and above all, feeling that you are all alone in this and that no one would understand.

The truth is, these feelings are not your fault as they are likely symptoms of postpartum
depression (PPD). According to the Centers for Disease Control, statistics show up to 20 percent of all new mothers will experience some form of PPD. The symptoms can range from rapid mood swings, self doubt, anxiety, feeling distant from baby and other loved ones, and in severe cases, thoughts of harming oneself or baby.… Read the rest

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Reviews by Betsy Dailo and Mindy K. Urueta

For the Grown-Ups

Jacksonville Food TrucksJacksonville Food Trucks: Stories & Recipes from the Road
By Nancy White

Chronicling the stories of Jacksonville’s food trucks, the city’s latest food trend, Nancy White’s book gives food lovers the chance to get to know their local food vendors. Nancy takes a first-person point of view while she travels from truck to truck and samples their dishes.

The book begins with the story of how Jax Truckies came about. The origin, struggle and success makes for a heartwarming account of what hard work can accomplish. Those integral to the process are mentioned and commended on their contributions. Jacksonville Food Trucks continues to tell the stories of the food vendors associated with Jax Truckies.

What sets this book apart from other food books is how the author puts readers right into the culture and scene of the food trucks. Her connection with the truck owners translates well on paper. Foodies will enjoy the vibrant pictures and recipes included in Jacksonville Food Trucks from trucks like Corner Taco, On the Fly and South in Your

For readers and foodies interested in Jacksonville culture and cuisine, grab this book and a GPS for a tasty adventure.

For the Children

philosophyChildren’s Book of Philosophy

Albert Einstein said, “Knowledge must continually be renewed by ceaseless effort, if it is not to be lost.” The innate curiosity of children follows this tenet with ease ‘Where did I come from?’ and ‘Why does the world exist?’ or ‘Is everything just a dream?’ are questions budding philosophers have been asking for centuries.… Read the rest

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