November Days of Gratitude: Friendship

November 7th: At the risk of being too gushy — or wordy — today I am grateful for friendship and for the role of social media, particularly Facebook. I know FB has its many faults and those anger me along with the rest of you, but hear me out. While FB hasn’t done much for…

November Days of Gratitude: The Gift of Comfort Food

Man, I’ve struggled with today’s post.  My focus is on gratitude and it’s not that I’m not thankful for much, but that I’m thankful for so much — and what is worthy of a post, now that can be a struggle. But I finally came up with the thing. The weather has turned around here,…

November Days of Gratitude: The dog that rescued us

I’ve started this three times already because Toby, our yellow lab, makes it very clear that he belongs only to Husband, and I’ve wondered if I can express what he means to the rest of us. He’s a one-person kind of dog; he tolerates, and sometimes loves the rest of us, yet he is easy…

November Days of Gratitude: Pieces of Your Heart

They walk around the world In their torn jeans, wearing flip flops, ponytails and home-done manicures. Not children any longer, their days and dreams grow, take them farther from home. Still, though, a rapid-fire response, fierce protection of any slight, day or night — can trigger out from my spirit, like darts being thrown in…

Thanksgiving and a Month of Gratitude: Try it!

Truth be told, Thanksgiving is maybe my favorite holiday. I know it’s based on a myth and a history that makes me cringe — but the holiday I celebrate now, a holiday that marks some time off from work, is a chance for me to center again on gratitude.  November gives me a time to…

Me, too . . . Now, what to do?

I have two daughters — one is an engineering major and the other a high school senior.  Both are strong-willed and confident. So naturally, I’ve been thinking a lot about the “Me, too” campaign because, sadly:  Me, too. There’s been so much talk about what to do about the pervasive and destructive sexual harassment that…

A Photo a Day: The Day when Grades are Due

Report cards are done for the quarter.  All afternoon, I wrestled with grades, reflecting on my role in how well or not well my kids performed, reflecting on lessons won and lessons less than. Hitting the submit button isn’t as much the end of the quarter as it is the set of directions on a…

A Photo a Day: Nightshades from the garden, a spooky delight

Last night, needing an onion, I grabbed the flashlight and made my way out to the vegetable beds. As I grabbed two onions (they’re not very big) my eyes caught sight of the tomato plants, heavy with ripe fruit. I picked two but quickly realized my arms were not going to hold all that needed…