How to stop a fight


Life around home, People

I knew I’d be glad I asked you. Super food ideas, ya’ll. Keep it coming. –Shari ***** Today I share, with permission, a composition from a younger Zook. It wasn’t intended for my eyes at all, but I stumbled across it–and fell in love with his perfect mix of humble pie and protest. *Drop your arrows […]

June 14, 2013

Quadrants


Life around home

Confession: I’m so happy to have my son Aarick home from school for the summer; it means some super hired help. [evil chuckle] Let the games chores begin. Really though, I’m grateful for more reasons than that. I find it delightful having a son old enough to crack jokes, carry on near-adult conversations, and work […]

May 14, 2013

I speak for the trees


People

I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. —Dr. Seuss ***** Dear Ladies, Having written a note to the other half of the species, I would like to direct a comment your way as well. Once upon a time I tried to convince my four-year-old son Aarick, who was in danger of […]

March 2, 2013

Enchanting trivia (or not…)


Life around home

Confession: Some days the trivial is infuriating, and some days it brings the most satisfaction. Or humor. Or sheer joy. *** Did you know that it is possible for a woman to trim three heads of hair and 80 nails in approximately one hour? *** My little magnolia tree—the five-inch infant that got hit with […]

May 31, 2012

Spring!


Growing stuff

Confession: I love growing things. One of my happiest jobs was working in a greenhouse for parts of many summers as a child and teenager. I still don’t know much about plants, but I love having my hands in good rich dirt. There is something magic about those first green leaves! Current Project 1: My […]

April 20, 2012