Author Archive | Tamara

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Ask Tamara: How do you get lead dust out of laundry?

Monday, September 7, 2015 “Ask Tamara” Question from Liz: “What’s the best way to wash clothing that could be contaminated with lead dust?” Tamara’s Response: Actually that’s a great question, Liz! Lead dust is best removed with laundry (and other) detergents whose formulations specifically contain surfactants.  Unfortunately, in the natural/organic/progressive mama world that many of […]

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My Take On The “V” Word.

Written 2/6/2015 Made Public 3/6/2015 Friends who know me well would expect this post to be about vaginas. Really.  I’m not afraid of “V” words.  My first ever big public advocacy event for childhood lead poisoning prevention was at the “Vagina Monologues” 10th anniversary celebration at the SuperDome in New Orleans. However this post is […]

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Avi’s Tenth Birthday (originally posted in 2015)

January 29, 2015 … David “Avi” Benjamin Rubin is ten years old today.These have been the most challenging ten years of my life. …. In August 2005 Avi was just seven-months old when he was poisoned by the work of painting contractor who did not use lead-safe work practices in preparing the exterior of our […]

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January 7, 2015, Adventure Day #1

At the airport – saying goodbye to daddy… headed on a 6-hour flight to Granny’s to see if we can: 1) help Avi’s plaque psoriasis / get him better or at least stabilized & 2) focus on some Mama/Charlie time to see if an extended stay away from home (and away from the “regular routines”) […]

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I don’t like the parent I’ve become

I don’t like the parent I’ve become. Afraid. Afraid of taking my kids out in public. Afraid of how they’ll act. Afraid of what they’ll do. Afraid of how others will perceive them. Afraid of how others will react. Afraid others will judge. Afraid to take a nap at home because they may run away. […]

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