How to Love Mornings

Some few weeks ago my grandmother, who has learned to love email, sent me advice about how to become a Morning Person.   First of all, you must rise just before dawn. You put on a fluffy bathrobe and warm slippers and go into your kitchen.  (Your kitchen is beautiful, because your home is beautiful […]
September 25, 2016

Happy Easter!

Christmas happens as a whole season for me (all 12 days) and so does Easter:  I celebrate spring on the equinox, observe Lent haphazardly, throw myself 100% into my family’s beloved Easter traditions (we take egg decorating very seriously), and I celebrate Passover by myself.  To me, this is all part of the same holiday, […]
April 5, 2015
xak stalking birds

If you can catch it…

  My mother used to say, regarding birds, squirrels, etc, “If you can catch it, you can keep it.” She knew perfectly well we’d never actually catch a squirrel by chasing it! And I remember being told that you could catch a bird by putting salt on its tail. (You hear this in the old […]
September 6, 2014
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100 years ago

Just taking a moment for history….  image links to the library of congress’ newspaper for July 28th, 1914.   Top pop hit from 1014:  the 12th St Rag   and a map of my neighborhood in 1914!   by
July 28, 2014

Surrender with Hope

I hate this whole concept of acceptance.  I hate giving up.  And it’s been very, very hard for me to learn the difference between giving up trying, and gracefully surrendering to something you can’t control. Oh, hell.  Honestly, I still haven’t learned it.  I really, truly can’t usually tell the difference at all.  It makes […]
July 18, 2014

Here and not here

This is a difficult post to write.  One evening, as I came home from work, I saw that E was home, so I stopped in to say hello.  It seems she’s back for the summer, maybe for longer – we’ll see, I guess.  Right now, though, her family doesn’t want her to see me. This […]
July 16, 2014


Jaden and I slipped away for a girls’ day out:  blueberry picking in the morning, out for a fancy lunch, and then a long afternoon in a bookstore.  Home again with lots of books… and LOTS of blueberries!  The kids are headed back home now, and I miss them already. by
July 12, 2014

Cool Pool

Lots of books… lots of stories…  lots of movies…  and LOTS of time at the pool. We stayed there one day for five hours.  FIVE. We spent the afternoon of the Fourth of July there, and watched the teen diving team demonstrated their fancy flips. We met up with Ken and Karen, Xak and Nova. […]
July 10, 2014
Kyler tearing down wallpaper

Paper and Paint

How delightful to have such useful children in the family!  I set them to ripping down the old wallpaper in the dining room and re-painting.  I’ve always loved this memory of my grandmother’s kitchen window, where she always keeps blue glass bottles where they catch the sunlight…  In my dream house, I will have a […]
July 7, 2014
Jaden reading

Eno Festival

All day Saturday at the Festival for the Eno.  This is an annual event with half a dozen stages for three days of music, plus food, crafts, a working historic mill, activities, vendors, and  - of course – the river itself, for canoeing, wading, and generally enjoying. We started out by walking through the the […]
July 5, 2014
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4th of July

A grilling-outside/eating-inside picnic with the family, and then I took the kids to the baseball game, mostly for the sake of the fireworks afterwards.  We stayed up insanely late, like 11 o’clock!  Yikes!  Everybody slept in the next day.   by
July 4, 2014