The Ugliest House on the Block

Photo: Foamy stuff. Foamy stuff that dripped from the roof to the ground, leaving a trail of foamy stuff allllllllll the way down the front of the house.   One of our animal neighbors is a woodpecker. He’s…aggressive. He found a particular spot on the house, just above one of the second-floor windows, and decided…

[Quiet Thoughts] Sharing is Caring

Photo: Wednesday afternoon. Two little boys making pies in the kitchen.   I really have to elaborate on this photo above. Motherhood is lovely and childhood is magic, but I’ll be real with you: when the boys asked to make pies with me, I really dreaded it. The kitchen is, essentially, my last space. It…

Return to the Table

  It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and everyone is doing something. There are houses to clean and beds to be made, or there is a car to pack up and gas tanks to fill. You might be on the road (or in the air) right now as you read this, or your rolls might be…

Thanksgiving is Work, Ya’ll

Photo: The view outside my window right this very moment… 2nd snow of the season. It feels so… unnecessary…   I had every intention of writing yesterday, but the weather man spoiled my coffee with the forecast for today. Inches of snow, he said. Slushy roads and poor conditions, he said. So I decided that yesterday…

[Quiet Thoughts] Community Matters

Photo: It always comes back to this, doesn’t it? Lord, it feels too soon. I didn’t have enough time to dread and brood and wait for the cold and the wet… winter decided to simply rip off the bandaid and get things started this year. I would normally say, “I wanna go home,” but Maryland got it…

Spirited Away

Photo: Joy is friends who get me. I walked into church on Sunday and a friend handed me a bag right before Coffee Hour with this little buddy in it. I near about cried. My mom has an extensive Black Santa collection, but I haven’t started one of my own at my house. This is…

[Quiet Thoughts] Only Human

Photo: It’s the time of year–time to write that letter to Santa. You’d think this is the happiest thing these boys will write all year. Instead those are tears on Minor’s cheeks.   I’ll tell you what, Dear Reader: I was alls about writing a blog post bad mouthin’ my two little boys today. I…

Congratulations. We’ve Earned 2 Years of Work.

  I woke up this morning feeling pretty sober. I’m delighted about yesterday’s retaking of the House. That was required. We had no other choice. Having a check on this president is essential for our survival. We stopped the non-stop onslaught. We have not, however, stopped the threat. By winning the House yesterday, we earned…

The One Thing To Do This Week

Photo: Short ribs! I love short ribs and rarely buy them because they are so expensive. Didn’t used to be! But now they are fashionable and what not! Anyway, I braised these with some onions and peppers in red wine, tomatoes, and a bit of beef broth, then shredded them and served them over pappadelle with kale….

[Quiet Thoughts] Let My Heart be Good Soil

Photo: They insisted on being “army soldiers” for Halloween. I’m not going to lie and say that I didn’t have concerns. Ultimately, we parents greenlighted the costumes because 1) childhood is magic and a kid should be what they want for Halloween, 2) possibilities are limitless and there are only a few things I’m going…