[Quiet Thoughts] Full Potential

Photo: The boys asked to go to the Discovery Museum yesterday, and we had a fun time in their favorite places to play. Then Major noticed a new program going on in one of the wonderful workrooms. Well, it was called “Takeaparts” and it’s exactly what you think it is: give kids tools and safety…

[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!…

So, what had happened was…

No post on Wednesday? No Quiet Thoughts on Friday? AND no [Fail] Post? Not a word and not a word? Unprecedented for this blog! Unprecedented, I say! I’m so sorry, Dear Reader! I really am! Wednesday was simple enough: it was a wall-to-wall day and then I went out for drinks with a local writer…

[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…

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…

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….

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…