fifteen thoughts on wonder farm’s fifteenth birthday post image

1. Fifteen years ago today, this blog was born. It was the summer of 2008, just before the U.S. economy crashed and Obama was first elected. Mamma Mia! was in theaters, Instagram was still two years away, and my kids were 6, 12, 16. A different time. 2. Is blog even a word anymore? These days it’s all [...]

in praise of “lazy parenting” post image

I’ve been thinking about “lazy parenting” a lot. Partly because I asked the question for this edition’s post: What’s a “lazy” thing you do/did as a parent, caregiver or teacher that ended up benefitting the kids?  But then the phrase kept showing up, in different spaces. I’ve also been thinking about my kids making forts. Different spaces, [...]

start with a box post image

I wrote a whole post about the artist Joseph Cornell. Well, not all about Cornell—I was trying to write about how I keep having to relearn how to write. How I keep getting parts of it wrong. And the post was about that, but it also included sentences that seemed show-offy and obnoxious about things [...]

the art i needed post image

Saturday, noon, the doorbell rang and there was Meliss with her magic blue suitcase. I’d wanted to do some sort of ritual at this new point in my writing life. At first I imagined something to summon what’s next as I send my revised book proposal out into the world. I asked Meliss if she [...]

i hear you

i hear you post image

“That’s a quarter of a million.” This is what Chris said when I told him that my TikTok video was coming close to 250,000 views. My husband is the numbers person in this relationship. I’m not sure why it hadn’t hit me that 250,000 equals a quarter of a million. A quarter of a million. [...]

blog revamp & omg i’m on tiktok post image

Why would a woman in her 50s go on Tiktok? Why would I change up a blog that’s been noodling along just fine for fourteen years? Maybe you remember how I posted about sending out my book proposal a year ago. Maybe you remember how in January of this year my brain exploded and I [...]

going analog

going analog post image

We went to Mexico City with the kids in July. It was such a fun place to be with young adults. Hip, lively, vibrant. L brought along an old school film camera. These are her photos I’m sharing here. I love them so much. She’s been messing around with cheap film cameras since she was [...]