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Happy Father’s Day

Fathers are odd creatures. At least the ones I know are — not any single mold, no real unifying characteristics. Some are very loving — nurturing, even — others are sometimes cranky. While yet others are newly fledged, and learning […]

birth day memories

Today I celebrate two births: my elder son’s and my  mother’s. Bittersweet, remembering how happy Mother was when Nathan was born on her birthday (the REAL Memorial Day, you know!). Family. What really matters. More than almost anything, to those […]

beginnings, birthdays, and teachers

Today my amazing, beautiful, beloved and perfect grandson has been here for a year. And I’ve been able to see him several times during that year. Each time, I’ve learned from him. HUGELY important lessons, like attention. Listening. Focus. Laughter. […]

my mother-in-law’s tablecloth

My whole family is nuts over housewares. Not just the women, either: my sons both asked for cast iron skillets. They also received teapots/ kettles/ and/or tea sets when they moved into apartments. When I went to my elder son’s […]

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the fragrance of lilies
These are two of the lilies growing against a rather derelict fence at my son's & DIL's. Beautiful, pale yellow, with only a light lily fragrance. Not the heaviness that always seems to suffuse funerals. I love them, of course. Cut them while my DIL was away at a working retreat, and placed t

posted 2:22:33pm Jul. 10, 2014 | read full post »

dreaming of houses
We visited a realtor today. Just looking for information, nothing formal. But it set me to dreaming of houses, a thread that connects me with all three of my sisters. We dream of houses the way other people dream of jewelry, or vacations (note: we also dream of those :) ). This past week-plus, sp

posted 3:28:25pm Jul. 08, 2014 | read full post »

what you do comes back to you
Right after we married -- literally a couple of days later -- my husband & I left for his new job. In Algiers. Or Alger, as the French call it. My mother-in-law bore this with the fortitude of prairie pioneers, although she did take us to see her cousin, who had lived in North Africa. Well, her

posted 1:49:44pm Jul. 07, 2014 | read full post »

when hot sweaty work is NOT a royal pain
This was my morning. My elder son & I wrangled over each individual magnolia branch, pretty much. See, I'm a tree person, and Nathan is a landscape person. He wants a useful and beautiful landscape for his home. I want trees treated like people, allowed to grow (with help -- AKA judicious prunin

posted 2:16:17pm Jul. 05, 2014 | read full post »

just add water: swimming with little fishes
I took my grandson swimming today. To a tiny inflatable pool off the side of the deck at the 'kids' house. We sat in the 85 degree air, in tepid water, liberally coated w/ SPF 50, and splashed. And splashed. And splashed again, with great enthusiasm. Then we filled a Solo cup with a pink floaty

posted 3:26:21pm Jul. 02, 2014 | read full post »


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