“Maybe We Can’t Be Friends Anymore”

Photo: Ursa Major is expanding his world every day, and that includes the exploration of the relationships in his life. He relationship with me is, currently, a bit mercurial. We are both getting used to his assertiveness, independence, and abilities to reason, articulate and perform. That being said, he has a lot of growing to…

No, My Sons Won’t Be Calling You By “Just” Your First Name

Photo: We’re classy folk, so sometimes I dress my boys up kinda fancy. Like during Easter. Weren’t they cute? Also putting this up because it makes me think warm thoughts–because clearly it is SNOWING right now in Massachusetts. And we’re supposed to get “significant” snowfall on Wednesday AND Sunday! Lord… I need Spring. Desperately.   Call…

[Quiet Thoughts] Remember the Simple Things

Photo: Today is a perfect day to break out one of the beach sunrise pictures I took last September. First of all, there is snow everywhere here in Massachusetts and I’m already sick of looking at it. Second of all, it is perfect for the beginning of my post. Third of all, the camera on…

[Quiet Thoughts] Santa’s “Race” is Magic

Photo: An unfortunately blurry picture of a Black Santa figurine that I gave to a former friend some years ago. All of my Christmas stuff is packed up, otherwise, I’d show off a Black Santa of my own. I’m really looking forward to amassing a large collection of Santas of Color as the years go…

Quiet Thoughts: How I Choose to Honor a Great Man

Photo: Another picture from the Old North Bridge. Quiet Thoughts often require quiet places, even in pictures. Also, The Husband took a picture of the new hole in the wall at the New House, but it’s super blurry… so…    How can I make the teachings of peace, progress, and equality accessible to two little…

At Least My Christmas Card is Ordered

Photo: There was a time when making the Christmas Card was just so easy. But as the boys grow older (yet no less cute), it is hard to get them to be cool in the studio and get it done. We didn’t really have the $200 required to do the studio thing this year anyway….

Quiet Thoughts: What’s Your Motivation?

It has been such a challenging week. I didn’t want to put it all over the internets, but I’ve been flying solo with the boys all week. To be on full 24-hour duty with no relief has been really tough. I’ve been able to employ some tried-and-true strategies to help pass the time, but the…

Buggy Bugs, Leaky Leaks, and Messy Mess

Photo: My living room at the moment. They are taking my house down to the studs! My Lord, I am so tired. Just to the bone tired. The Husband and I were up at 5:40… and not my usual “I’m up before everyone else and I’m going to take my time to get ready for…

Quiet Thoughts: The Lesson of Appomattox

Photo: It has been a long time since I’ve been able to control Ursa Major’s dinner. Now it feels like a daily battle…. One of my favorite lessons of the school year came in the spring, just before the beginning of end-of-the-year activities. We would be getting to the end of The Civil War, which I…

Please, Keep Assuming That I’m Harmless

Photo: Two little bears “dancing” in front of a very old door in Massachusetts. Too bad they aren’t facing the camera. Otherwise, this had the potential to be a great Christmas Card picture. Mission Impossible!   I did not get to have the pleasure of turning in Ursa Minor’s preschool application in front of Peggy…