Brain things

Confession: After much reflection on this topic of blogging, I have concluded that the only way forward is for me to stop altogether. Thanks to everyone for allowing a good time to be had by all. Sorry. That was my April Foolish attempt at a lame joke. But I trust anyway that you’ll find the […]

April 1, 2014

Peeps cupcakes


Confession: The weather is 13 degrees Fahrenheit in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and according to weather.com it feels like 1°. But it’s March 5, and today I saw the robins. Here’s a sweet idea for welcoming spring. Your favorite cupcake recipe + green-tinted frosting + sugared marshmallow Peeps = kiddo happiness, big time. Pretty self-explanatory, really. If […]

March 5, 2014

Horatian Ode to a Meadville Winter

Life around home

With deepest apologies to Horace, Keats, Shelley, Rossetti, and anyone else who ever created something beautiful. Also to my grandmother and my first-grade teacher, who expected better. * Season of clouds, of barren gray and dun Close bosom-friend of darkness. What is sun? A thing of faerie. Bitterest wind, and snow on snow Relentless misery […]

March 2, 2014

January phenomenon

Life around home

Brethren, it is flat COLD out there. Today I saw something I’ve never seen before in my life: the wind had rolled its own snowballs. They call em snow rollers. I hear they’re all over facebook in my town, and an Ohio article today featured some cool pictures. I feel really honored that the wind […]

January 27, 2014

Pumpkin praise

Celebrations, Creations, Something from nothing

Don’t even get me started on pumpkins. I love pumpkins: at this time of year, almost more than any other shape and color. What daffodils are to spring–a concrete encapsulation of the entire point–pumpkins are to fall. Round, rustic, simple, vibrant, fertile, textured, real. And it’s Thanksgiving. Here’s an idea for what to do with […]

November 25, 2013



Tonight I saw a V of geese flying away for the winter. They were flying north-east. !! “What do you think of that?” I asked The Boss. “Well, they were probly being led by some male too proud to ask for directions,” he said. Hey, I didn’t say it. I just hope some chick finds […]

November 19, 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

Strawberry blessings


Confession: I didn’t feed my kids that chocolate cake. I fully intended to, I really did. But… I found I was perfectly able to eat it all by myself. And now I’m eating something even better. Look. A strawberry field is strangely like the sea. Your voice carries too far. The horizon is flat, and […]

June 22, 2013