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…

[Fail] They Know When I Need to Think

Photo: Urgent Care is better than a straight-up ER, but it’s still not an ideal place to spend the afternoon.   So, The Husband and I were sick on Friday, so I actually spent most of the day in bed. I got little work done, despite much to do. But I needed the rest and I…

[Quiet Thoughts] Mid-Summer Quiet

Photo: I took my sister to the Discovery Museum on Wednesday because I’m so proud of it and I wanted her to see what all we’ve done. This little sweet display, with the perfect quote I need for my weeks ahead, is tucked away in a corner of the museum reserved for our youngest learners….

[Fail] A Note About Wednesdays

Photo: Ursa Minor made this piece of art at the Museum on Saturday. I loved watching it come together. Kinda makes me think of a wormhole…   Ok, so, Wednesdays. It’s becoming quite clear to me that when I re-teach this class in the Fall, I’ll need to make it on Tuesday or Thursday night…