Just Say No

Besides getting to read Little House together, one of the things I enjoy most about Kate’s new 8 p.m. bedtime is that we often end up talking about very serious issues in our half-hour without the little ones. Kate is mature for her age, and incredibly...
The people in your neighborhood

The people in your neighborhood

All around us everything was changing in the order of things we had fashioned for ourselves. The neighborhood changed…. Chaim Potok, The Promise Our neighborhood is changing. When we moved in, our house was a shiny new facade amid unkempt homes, trash-filled...
I’m a mother, hear me roar*

I’m a mother, hear me roar*

I am a wife and a mom. I cherish these vocations. I love my husband and children more than anything on this earth. Of course I have other interests and activities outside of my kids. Sometimes I need a break from them (hello, early bedtimes!). I work part time and...
Too many creatures, great and small.

Too many creatures, great and small.

Nothing disturbs my equilibrium quite so much as an unexpected visitor in the house. We have a family of birds living in our guest room ceiling. Occasionally one of them gets lost in the wall. They’ve ended up in our bedroom, the basement, and the kitchen....
5 things I love about our yard

5 things I love about our yard

The landscaping at our house was worse than nonexistent when we moved in. We’ve been working to remedy the neglect for, oh, six years now. We’ve poured hours and sweat and funds into yard projects, but still I tend to look around and see all the things we...