What Saves Me

Life requires attention.  We cannot just plow ahead and assume everything will fall into place neatly.  Sometimes that happens, sure.  But, mostly, I think it takes a little direction on our part. Case in point:  I have a new-ish system for keeping the house clean.  I do a little each day.  It’s a system I’ve [...]

Delight at the Kitchen Sink

So many of us appreciate the little things.  I know this is true of me, and if you’re here in this space, I know it’s true of you.  Sometimes I forget though.  I get busy and weighed down by All That Needs Doing. I get lost in the flurry.   But then something will surprise me, [...]

On Comfort and Learning What We Need

Sometimes in the doing, a certain rushing creeps in.  It’s not intended (the rushing) and maybe we think we’re doing fine (and maybe we are) but, sometimes, there comes a point when we pause and we wonder just how the crazy managed to creep in. I found myself at that point the other day.  Well, [...]

The Cantaloupe Was Delicious

Last week’s piece resonated with many of you, and I’m glad for that.  There were comments in this space, emails in my inbox, shares on the wider web.  Thank you for being here, for sharing this journey with me. As I think about the delicacies that run through our human experience on this Earth, I [...]

However Best You Can

After a break from this space, it feels somewhat ill-timed to begin posting today in the aftermath and midst of hurricanes, in the aftermath and midst of forest fires.  It seems there's always something.  War and refugees and unrest and poverty and disease.  There are people all over the world facing real danger and real [...]

Time {and a summer hiatus}

I sat at her kitchen table and she poured me some wine.  The kids were in and out of the house, up and down the stairs.  She and I stayed in that spot for three hours, though our stories carried us through decades and across continents.  That's an afternoon I can get down with. Summer [...]

The Kids Are Growing Fast

On Wednesday, we took a day trip with friends to an amusement park.  Let’s just say, I’m not a fan of most amusement park rides, and I’m not a fan of the crowds and noise and general commotion.  But…in the interest of stretching myself, and in the greater interest of doing something super fun for [...]

Dear Thursday

Dear Thursday, Thank you for tea.  Thank you for time to hang with my kids.  Thank you for chocolate chip cookies. Thank you for time to plant our garden. Thank you for the tenderness with which my daughter tucked her strawberry plant and Irish moss into the soil. Thank you for not raining till evening. [...]

Time is a Funny Thing

I am a mother and, while what I share here doesn't focus on motherhood per se, I am forever colored by that experience.  If you've been with me for a while, you know this. Having just celebrated my daughter's twelfth birthday and my son's sixteenth, I am shaking my head and nursing my heart at [...]

Unexpected Joy

Decluttering - and simplifying, in general - are hot topics right now.  With good reason and, for the record, I'm all for it.  Utilizing the KonMari method (this book, which I haven't read) (and this one, which I have), Marie Kondo writes about letting go of things we no longer need, and goes into detail on [...]