Chaos is Moving With Toddlers

Photo: I’m a nerd. I’m not totally in love with the little quotes creator that I used, but the quote is my mantra for a week. “Fear” isn’t quite what I’m feeling. I’m trying to avoid feeling overwhelmed. If you’d never read Frank Herbert’s Dune series, you totally should.     My apartment is in…

Of Joy and Visibility

Photo Credit: HBO. The Wire was produced and filmed in Baltimore. This is a real street in that city somewhere. What a weekend. I am so full of joy! Yet there are things that pull at my today, so I’m writing with a bit of reflection. Let’s start with context: My uncle and his wonderful…

Quiet Thoughts: The Words That Matter

Photo: Quiet Thoughts on a Friday deserve rainbows. Don’t they? So I’m talking with a friend this week about this blog and how it came about, and she asked me a poignant question that went something like this: “So, your friend challenged you to get involved where you live. What the hell does a blog…

Ways to Grow Stronger Ivy

Photo: Ursa Major on the day we brought him home. It was 18 very chilly degrees that morning. He wasn’t handled by a prince, nor was he put into a Range Rover, but it was still a special day. What parent isn’t thinking about those first 48 hours with their first born right now?  I…

Welcome to the Starting Line

  Remember that house that I dedicated some 2,000 words to last week? Well, I’m still obsessed with it. and so is my husband. We thought about that house all week. We talked numbers, scenarios, what if’s….we came up with questions and conditions… we thought about money this and money that. How much investment now?…

Quiet Fridays: Back-to-School Jitters

Photo: The main corridor of my high school back in Maryland. It was brand spanking new when we showed up back in 1999. And it was a hell of a place. It is another Friday morning. Congratulations! You made it! The sun has been particularly bold here in Massachusetts. I’m so grateful for my central…

I’ve Fallen In Love and I Won’t Be Denied. (Maybe)

Photo: Of all of our Boston area apartments, our second one had the best kitchen (pictured). Yeah, the cabinets were old school, but it was huge and had a lovely gas range. Loved this kitchen. It was also a big upgrade from our tiny one in Beacon Hill which featured a “charming” slanted floor. No…

Open Season On My Sons

Photo: You see that hoodie now and you think it’s precious. At what age does that preciousness fade away? Every child is precious: Born with incredible potential and beauty. They are born with untarnished honor and worth. Every one of their actions considered to be the most important on earth. Children are a privileged class–and…

Greeting the Sun on a Friday Morning

Photo: View from one side of my balcony. So I’m blogging and it’s 6:30, but I’ve been up since 5. Usually, if I’m up at 5, it’s because Ursa Minor has decided to wake up ridiculously early. This morning, I’m baby free and productive. I did some reading and some writing, and now my friday morning…

The Great Nap Boycott of 2013

Photo: Ursa Major during the happy times….the napping times…   “We don’t need sleeping, Mama, we’re playing with trucks!” “We don’t need a nap, Mama!” “We want out, Mama!” “We don’t need milk and a nap, Mama, we’re playing!” These are the campaign slogans of Ursa Major, who is currently boycotting the daily nap. Yesterday…