celebrations and traditions

loud

January 21, 2015
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Our two New York kids were home for Christmas. H went back a few weeks ago; Lulu is here for a few more days. It was pretty much the best thing ever, having all three kids home at once. It was also loud. My family is loud. Some of the family noise is good, don’t […]

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reasons not to blog

December 16, 2014
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It’s been a month since you last wrote, and two months since you wrote a real post that was more than a link to writing you’ve done elsewhere. How to catch up? Do you need to catch up? What are the blogging rules? It’s December, which makes you feel that you should comment on the […]

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this is 49

June 9, 2014
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Recently I had a birthday. Also recently I read This is 38, a post I loved from Lindsey Mead on being, well, thirty-eight.  And then I read This is 57, from Cynthia Newberry Martin. Here’s one for the decade in between. This is 49. 49 is watching my oldest graduate from college. 49 is not […]

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i recommend hopping right on

December 31, 2013
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Here I am, getting one last post under the wire in 2013. Seems like a good idea, since I haven’t written here since November. It’s not that I haven’t tried. I have, in fact, written two nearly complete blog posts in the past few weeks; in both cases by the time I got around to finishing them, […]

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18 things i love about my girl

October 31, 2013
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She appreciates Wes Anderson films down to the art on the walls and the title fonts. She texted me when Pagoda died. She says that her brothers are “my favorite people in the world.” She has the biggest blue eyes. As a newborn, they overwhelmed her face: she looked a little like Yoda. Before long, […]

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wonder farm is five! sangrias all around!

July 18, 2013
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This is me, sitting beside a rooftop pool in Sevilla, Spain, drinking a sangria and reading a very good book. (When Chris paid the bill for our room, he discovered that we had been charged 16 euros for this particular glass of sangria, but I will insist that it was worth it, to be drinking […]

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a few rules for homeschooling and life, the marvel edition

November 2, 2012
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Let kids pursue their interests, even if they seem trivial. Especially if they seem trivial. This could be a subtitle for practically every post I write, so there’s nothing revelatory here. Still, it’s a handy rule, worth shaping a lifestyle around—even if it means that a kid wants to study Avengers comics for months on […]

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