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The Whirlwind

Clearly my dream of daily posting died pretty quickly. Defeated by Epiphany cooking and baking and present wrapping. I stayed up too late wrapping presents and I’m still catching up on the sleep deficit. It was a good weekend, though. The boys...

Now We Are Ten!

Lucia, my baby, is 10 today. I can hardly believe it. We are definitely in a different stage of family life now, with three teenagers and two pre-teens and no children with single-digit ages. Last night we went out for an anticipatory birthday...

A little jaunt to Austin

At the end of 2022, but before Christmas, Bella and Sophie and I flew to Texas. I haven’t been home to Austin in five years, not since my parents’ 50th anniversary party in December 2017. And once again we were’t just going on a...

Notable Reads of 2022

Notable Reads– I like that better than a favorite books or top ten list. Just, these are the books I read that I most want to talk about and recommend to people. I’m not going to try to rank these, and I’m lumping books in series...

The Magic Ring

(Stories from My Childhood) I have this idea for a little series of essays I’d like to write. I have no idea if it would be interesting to anyone but me… but recently I’ve been fascinated by some memories from my early childhood of...

It’s Been Ten Months

The other morning for the first time in I don’t know how long I woke up and thought about writing on my blog and it didn’t fill me with dread or send me into a tailspin of anxiety or the whirlwind of obsessive thoughts. I just thought:...

Settling in Plymouth

  It feels like I’ve been caught up in a fairy tale. Who could believe it? One minute our house is drowning– my sister told the kids that it was being attacked by water dragons. Wise sister, knows that fantasy can turn even the...

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