The Things of Fall

Life is now going internal here – cooking, art-making, reading, documentary-watching, jewelry-making, creative dreaming. Somehow, the weather has still been amazing. The sun hasn’t yet gone away for the 5-month gray-out. And it’s not really fireplace-cold yet either. Nevertheless, we’re enjoying potato soups, clove-orange pincushions, Spartan apples (thanks Theresa!), varieties …

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Zumba-ing

Last summer I tried Zumba for the first time. Alyson Stephens is the instructor and she makes it what it irresistibly is – a totally joyful experience. You dance moves you didn’t know you had in you, you laugh at yourself when your body is first catching onto them, and …

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Digital-Era Parenting

Parenting isn’t easy, but this is new territory we never learned to navigate through our parents’ examples. Will play dates involve actual playing or virtual playing? Will going to the library result in browsing for great books or salivating over the shoulder of another boy playing Roblox? Will owning a …

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Flowers of Summer

I love that our 12-year-old loves to photograph flowers. His photography prowess on his weightless iPod is fast exceeding mine on my heavy Canon. He has a ripe portrait studio in his garden plot of catnip, lilies, lupin, lavender, oregano, snapdragons, a maple tree he nurtured from a seed, a …

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Newts Abounding

A-newting we have gone, A-newting we have gone Heigh-ho, the derry-o, A-newting we have gone.* Newts are abounding in ponds around our island this time of year. It’s a child’s fantasyland. And an adult’s! *The ASPCA and The American Humane Society declare that no newts were harmed in the following …

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