[Fail] A Week to Be Crazy

Photo: Isn’t that the coolest? My dear friend Tracy, who owns Happy Owl Glassworks, has made a gorgeous series of glass owls! They are all unique and she sells them for $45. The coolest part? They are magnetic and come with a little magnet for you to stick somewhere so that you can display your owl…

[Fail] Ran out of time

Photo: The boys and I were introduced to Daurma Otoshi yesterday while at the Discovery Museum! They had students from Showa Boston at the Museum teaching kiddos all sorts of different from Japanese things. We played Daurma Otoshi, the boys played ball-in-a-cup (and brought a cup and ball home), and we had fun playing with…

The Possibilities

Photo: Ursa Minor’s class visited the Boston Children’s Museum today, where they have a beautiful real Japanese house gifted to the city of Boston by Kyoto, Japan (they are sister cities). This is my second time visiting the exhibit, which really is quite a marvel. In a separate classroom, the students were able to create…

Small and Significant

Photo: It’s a cold as cold can be. It’s so cold, the mail won’t run. It’s so cold, you ain’t s’posed to breathe deep. It’s so cold, six people have perished. It’s so, so cold. When the blue cold of winter comes, I hold on to the sunrise in the summer time and the good…

[Fail] Wednesdays are Brutal…

Photo: Ursa Major has his first gig next Sunday. He’ll be playing Silent Night at church with his favorite guitar player! He’s so excited! For the past two weeks, he’s been practicing the song every night and he has been practicing playing standing up, which is a different feel than having it in your lap!…

[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…

A Very Stupid Monday

Photo: Two science teachers taught me how to quilt with my sewing machine. Here I am a lifetime later, same sewing machine, just as weirded out by the process as I was that first time. But I’m grateful for the lessons because those two taught me a lot. I could see the Boston apartment, hear…

Process, Sleep, and Progress

Photo: I’m utterly fascinated by human ingenuity. I’ve been watching this building go up at MIT for years now. I think buildings are beautiful and the process of building absolutely fascinating. Even driving through the Big Dig (for all the headaches it caused everyone before I got here), I get a thrill out of thinking…

[Fail] Writer’s Block looms…

Photo: The Fairy Garden after a second summer! Things are practically overgrown! I don’t know the names of any of these succulents. They’re just pretty and weird. Can I winter them over? We’ll see!   I know there are other aspiring writers who read this blog, so when I write that Writer’s Block is a…

[Fail] You Have One Job

Photo: Ursa Major. Home for Day 3 of whatever this is.   Currently, I’m a co-leader, a co-municipal liaison, a book club leader, a writing class teacher, a freelance writer, a fiction writer and a frantic crafter and oh, right, a blogger. But actually and factually, I’m a Mom. “Just” a Mom. Nothing brings you…