The quote in question

Brain things

Months ago I found this quote in a book, and ever since it has hung above my kitchen sink, the place where I find it easiest to brood and stew. It’s been a reminder I need. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is […]

May 9, 2017

Perambulations inspired by a spider

Brain things

Today begins a week’s worth of daily, pre-scheduled blog posts. This will clear my written but unpublished backlog and make a valiant attempt at ending the navel-gazing I’m fighting this spring. I’m sorry the posts don’t really ask much of you; that feels a little selfish but I can’t fix it right now. Thank you […]

May 4, 2017

Date night conversation starters


I am aware that for every one of you who said “refreshing” on my last post, there were probably three or four who thought “alarming.” So thank you for being gentle. I’m not brewing up any more of it at the moment, and I wasn’t saying that doubt is a thing to be glorified or […]

February 14, 2017

A real life riddle

Life around home

We sat on the couch in the late winter, 7:45 am, the boys just out the door for school. Kelly was still sleeping upstairs. One twin sat on my husband’s lap, and the other hung out on the floor nearby. Ryan savored his coffee. I savored the precious moments of quiet, with Baby snuggled against […]

June 15, 2016

A slightly less ethical answer

Brain things

(Is it alright to do something your husband would not strictly approve of if he won’t find out?) I don’t know if it’s alright or not; I just know what I do. Practically speaking, I vote yes—in the stealthy disposal of items that have outlived their usefulness. If I asked him, he would say “I […]

May 20, 2016

An ethical question

Brain things

Is it alright to do something your husband would not strictly approve of if he won’t find out? I can see the shock on your faces, and it’s making me giggle. Yes? No? Sometimes? Of course? Only if…? Just relax now. And vote. And explain yourself tomorrow, like me.

May 19, 2016