Category Archives: Family

parentling adult children, helping aging parents, waiting for grandchildren

Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog

Ah cooking!  A science not unlike alchemy.  One takes the ingredients, blends them together and hopes for a dish that the family will like.  Moms feeding children have an easier time than I do.  They can set rules: “No veggies; … Continue reading

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The Honeymoon Seat

This week my husband and I celebrated our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary by taking a trip to Acadia National Park in Maine.  Until we began planning our trip, we didn’t know that one of the unique features of Acadia was its … Continue reading

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Home Alone

If I could remake the 1990 film, Home Alone, the mom would be the one left behind.  Ah, the joy.  She would rush out of the bathroom and see her family leaving for the airport in a cab, the mounds … Continue reading

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True Confessions of a Nonshopper

My life is a series of shopping lists.  As soon as I think I am done, someone hands me a new list.  I used to shop on my way home from work once (sometimes twice) a week.  I also had … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Effect

Photographing butterflies is difficult.  Somedays I just can’t get the shutter speed right.  The result is Victorian Fairy photographs—spots of light like Tinkerbell dancing in a meadow.  Butterflies, in the woods, in meadows, in gardens, represent beauty and delight.  We … Continue reading

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No Toads Were Harmed in the Writing of This Blog

I am the mother of girls, girls who like nature and the outdoors.  One daughter is a scientist.  One daughter works in outdoor education. All three can be described as self-sufficient and not squeamish about the Great Outdoors.  From the … Continue reading

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A Stranger in a Strange Land

Sometimes I think I have moved to a foreign country, one where everyone speaks English but I don’t recognize the words.   The rules are similar; the customs are familiar, but I’m missing some crucial piece of information that everyone else … Continue reading

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Life with Dogs

This is my grandson’s chair: This is the dog that sat in the chair and smashed it: An almost 70 pound German Shorthair Pointer.  Why?  Perhaps because he was mad at me for locking them all in the sunroom when … Continue reading

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“Where did your mom go?”

Yesterday afternoon, when my daughter came home from running some errands, she said to me:  “By the way, your mom asked me where you were earlier.”  She paused because she knew where I had been as she saw me (and … Continue reading

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Stone Walls

Lines from Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall” run through my mind as my dogs patrol the one stone wall in my yard.  The speaker ruminates: “’Something there is that doesn’t love a wall/That wants it down.’  I could say ‘Elves’ … Continue reading

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