Of Bystanders and Participants

  I am raising boys of privilege. Yes, they are of color, too, so they won’t get the full weight of the benefits that entails… but they are boys living as privileged a life as I can give them. They benefit from highly educated parents. They benefit from a safe, well-resourced community. They benefit from…

The Piecing is the Easy Part

Photo: I had every intention of taking a photo in natural light (or brighter light) earlier today, but got distracted by fun with my friend. Soooo, take this for now and I’ll take a better picture before Friday.   The quilt top is done and I am very pleased. Of course, now the actual quilting must begin,…

Oh Hey, It’s Birthday Week

Photo: Khao Soi. Anju Noodle Bar. Heaven in a bowl. The best thing I’ve eaten in 2018. (This is my second bowl. The first was back in March.)   I have a whole bunch of friends who have birthdays at the end of September. Basically, all the best people are Libras or Libra-adjacent. My knitting…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Touchstones

Photo: There are some undeniable perks for living in New England. Apple cider donuts absolutely count.   I spent the bulk of my afternoon on the phone with my aunt. Every once in a while, she makes an appointment for deep-dive check-in, instead of the usual text or recipe exchange. There have been funerals and…

Missed the Mark

Photo: The shame, Dear Reader… the shame of this right here…   I woke up this morning to a cool, cool house and I declared it, finally, baking season. I was like, the boys have the day off and they are in trouble (I’ll get to that in a second), so I ain’t goin’ nowhere. Today is gonna…

A Field Trip and a Miracle

Photo: Ursa Minor, reunited with the Atlantic, enjoying a carefree moment.   Today was the big Tide Pool field trip and I chaperoned like a good stay-at-home mom. I was a lot smarter about it this year, though: instead of getting on the bus like a damned idiot (which is what I did last year),…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Power of Yes

Photo: The opening moments of a major project.   I confess to a little bit of residual Mom Guilt from last school year. I really didn’t feel good about how the year ended. The summer looming, there was an acceleration to all things in anticipation of “everybody leaving” for summer life. I was… not my…

This Introvert Went to Back to School Night

Photo: Sweet child of mine… Lordy.   Things I thought tonight during Back to School Night: There are too many names. There is too much going on. Can’t these children be in school for a while before I have to come in? This is such a rush and not in a fun way. Oh no, there…

It’s always a slow start…

Photo: This is our second big tomato harvest and I’m so pleased. Along with the full bowl of tomatoes you see here (a combination of grape, chocolate, and orange burst varieties), We also harvested 2 slicing tomatoes and a heirloom today. Oh, and this mama is delighted by the jalapenos and habaneros we have been growing!…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Breakaway

Photo: Ursa Major testing out his new school shoes…   Last Sunday, we got up, had breakfast, and went to the shoe store for the last back-to-school purchase we needed to make. Since Stride-Rite closed its physical stores, this shoe thing has been less fun than it used to be. However, we’ve made do, and…