family life

freedom to play

When I first took the kids out of school, I gave them loads of time to free play in the backyard. One of them could mix together clay and water, and make wet, gunky, globs of reddish mud-clay bricks, baked in the sun. She did it for hours. Together, they would swing, ride the slide, have water fights, … Continue reading

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the road less travelled

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy … Continue reading

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Pinschooling

I am from the era when Apple wasn’t cool. Well, they started cool, but IBM quickly made its imprint and everyone owned an IBM product. There was a time too when fax machines were the “in” things. Do you remember Palm Pilots, or Blackberries? Okay, Blackberry would like you to remember that it is in your … Continue reading

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the indispensable spouse

There’s nothing quite like recognizing the benefits of my husband, especially when he’s away. So easy to take him for granted when he’s here. Bedtime hour is quieter: for me, anyway. He’ll bring them to bed, read a few stories (or improvise, much to the annoyance of our children). He’ll sing his lullabies…”You load sixteen … Continue reading

introducing Hannah
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introducing Hannah

The nine endless months before she was born, I spent every waking moment, and some sleeping ones, dreaming of what he would look like. Yes, he. (All the old wives tales were wrong.) Then she was born. Though I had to switch names, she was Hannah, not Caleb, and she was the most beautiful baby … Continue reading

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Art History

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” Pablo Picasso If we removed art, acting, handiwork, innovation and the written word from our homes, we’d be left doing the dishes and heading to bed after the kids were snuggled in their beds. Rather, we watch, we play, we read, … Continue reading