King of the wild cards

Out and about, People

This post is an inside window into what it’s like sending my sensory-driven son Regan to first grade. He is blessed: with an amazing school, a small classroom, and a wonderful teacher who loves him–Miss Yvonne Yoder. Though I wrote the post as if to her, she knows every bit of it already. And more. […]

September 25, 2013

Ideas for packed lunches


Confession: I always start out the school year with grand ideas for great variety in my children’s packed lunches; and sometime near January I find I’ve fallen into a rut—a.k.a. “same-same every day, all along the way…” Would you help me prevent the slump by sharing some of your favorites? My tech support guy* created […]

September 23, 2013

The work of a critic

Out and about

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in […]

September 10, 2013

Fall is coming.


I hear it in the crickets singing of an evening. I smell it in the pumpkin and cinnamon baking together in a dozen muffin cups. I feel it in the air, a softening and slowing. In the spring I think perhaps spring is my favorite season, and in the summer I think maybe it is […]

August 30, 2013

Black belt loops and baloney


Confession: The dress pants I bought for my son Aarick at Walmart, though perfect in size, style, and color, lacked a crucial feature requiring Post-Market Modification. I bought them knowing this. But it still took me right up until an-hour-before-his-school’s-spring-program to get down to business and modify them… No belt loops. I could not find […]

April 24, 2013

Preschool training

Out and about, People

Confession: All I wanted was to raise kids who were polite and well-mannered; intelligent kids who knew how to think. Well. *cough* They know how to think. You may well say it was a trifling goal, a sideline aspiration. (Most of mine are.) I agree with you, but I still wouldn’t have chosen this Regan-path […]

February 26, 2013

Five surefire ways to become an instant celebrity

Out and about

…or, Life Lessons from My Week 1. Make *decaf* coffee for an evening ladies’ event. I tried this Tuesday night, and gained an immediate crowd of grateful followers. 2. Drive a group of 2nd-grade girls on a field trip. Today Aarick’s class went to the Erie Zoo. I offered to go along, and was assigned […]

May 3, 2012