Monthly Archives: September 2016

When We Spin…

How often do we find our schedules, future plans, decisions, and worries spinning through our minds?  Don’t these thoughts seem to rotate on a twenty-four hour cycle, to the point where we are so dizzy and tired that we just hope to topple over in the right direction? Since I was a teenager, I have worried and stressed about […]

Creating a Daily Schedule

“A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days,” wrote novelist Annie Dillard. I love this image~ a net for catching our days. Because if we’re not careful, those slippery little suckers will swim right by while meaningless distractions splash all around us. What’s exciting is that as we enter and […]

Lovely Thing~ A New Season

Mother Earth is giving us lots of hints and encouragement that this is, indeed, the season of change.

Toddler Tips

Let me make something perfectly clear–I am no parenting expert.  I’ve had my fair share of 2:00 breakdowns (my emotional collapse when the kids refuse to nap).  I’ll sheepishly admit that I sometimes swing through the McDonald’s drive-thru when I haven’t had time to go grocery shopping, the kids are whiny, and it’s only 4:30 […]

Work week lunches

I’ll admit, I loathe packing my lunch.  First of all, it requires me to think ahead.  And at 8:00 pm, when my husband and I are finally able to speak to each other without a toddler asking us for a snack, or to put a Lego guy back together, sinking into the couch for an hour […]

In Spite of Everything

If you’re old enough to remember what happened 15 years ago today, you probably recall where you were, what you were doing, and what brought you through America’s most terrifying day. I was busy getting my eighth grade classroom ready for a typical Tuesday, excited to continue our study of The Diary of Anne Frank. Before […]

Lovely Thing ~ Babs’ New Album

I’ve been slightly obsessed with Barbra Streisand ever since I saw the movie Funny Girl when I was six.  The 74-year-old singer, songwriter, actor, director, and producer just released a lovely new album, Streisand Encore, featuring an all-star cast who joins her in performing some great Broadway tunes. While some of the songs are a bit […]

“Great” Grandparents

One of my most vivid memories of my grandmother is piling into the velvet maroon seats in her sedan and going to the “Gummy Bear Store.”  The “Gummy Bear Store” was actually the local gas station, but my grandmother allowed my sisters and me to choose one piece of candy from it, and we usually […]