Questionnaire on parent-child relationships


Life around home

If there’s one thing that’s being made increasingly clear to me about mothering, it is that my frustrations are not unique to me. We’re not as alone as we think we are. The other day I wrote a questionnaire for my kids, out of vexation with a few of our relational rough spots. I made it with my […]

June 22, 2017

Glimpses of summer


Life around home

Confession: I remember why I love and hate summer. This one is, as usual, an even mix of peaceful and chaotic. My roses are blooming, their enchanted petals slick with rain and glory. My children are home, and we have a break from all external worries like math and friendships. But someone is always talking, usually at high […]

June 19, 2017

The Mandela Effect and me


Brain things

Confession: When I used the word chartreuse in a blog post and some of you said you had to look it up, I decided I ought to as well, to see if Google Images showed the color I had in mind. It did. (For something breathtaking, try googling chartreuse and gray.) It also led me […]

May 25, 2017

Mogs and mistakes


Life around home

It seems that posting even twice a week will be over my head at times. I will write when I can. “Just enough to stay sane,” a wise friend told me, and I will be taking her advice. It will help if both you and I forget about my little Mondays and Fridays idea. Pretend […]

November 2, 2015

Logistical: On comments


Brain things

Confession: All day yesterday, while I didn’t hear a word from one of you, the Lord was saying to me Is it enough that I approve of you? And all day I was saying to Him Yes in a loud voice and No in a quiet voice. Last night we realized that my comment section […]

October 23, 2015

The story of Friday


Life around home, Out and about

Confession: I should have seen it coming, I suppose, with Friday being the thirteenth and all, but I didn’t. Of course I don’t technically believe in bad luck— Have I ever told you about Our Lane? This picture makes it look easier than it is. But that is a story for another time. Suffice it […]

February 18, 2015