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

Dirt and dust bunnies

Life around home

Advice on spring cleaning: Do not attempt, if you can help it. In many ways it is a severe waste of time and energy. But if your fingers, like mine, start itching to turn the house upside down about the time the robins return, here is some counsel. (Free of charge. One size fits all. […]

April 5, 2013

Stamp out hunger

Out and about

Confession: I’ve found it’s easy to care about the destitute and hard to find ways to make a difference. This week I found a postcard in my mailbox: “On May 12, 2012, letter carriers across the country, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, will be collecting food for families in need. It’s easy to […]

May 10, 2012

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

Mud pies and appliques

Creations, Something from nothing

Confession: I love to lose myself in projects. And my happiest ones make me feel like a child patting mud pies, not going anywhere in particular, dreaming of an idea that keeps morphing, savoring the delightful sense of having all the time in the world to do this, just for fun. (…introducing holy escape #2…) My […]

April 27, 2012

Stirring up something tasty


Confession: My favorite food in the world is good bread with butter. But these days, the thing I love to eat is stir fry. I’m cooking it about once a week, and could eat it twice as often. I suspect that those of you who are groaning at the thought are thinking of overcooked broccoli […]

April 25, 2012