Category Archives: Family life

10 Things I Learned When I Stopped Buying New

Last fall, I made a quiet decision to stop buying new clothes for four months. When I committed to not buying new in the name of mindful consumption, the fun of finding “new-to-me” clothes turned out to be a blast. … Continue reading

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To Make a Mother Weep

In the kitchen before dawn, my pre-teen daughter makes two potato chip and maple syrup sandwiches on artisanal — $5.99 a loaf — sourdough. “My favorite!” she grins.   Who knew? Her plan is to watch the sunrise from our … Continue reading

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I’m in Best of the Bonfire

Hello All — Just wanted to let you all know that one of my guest posts last year for Kludgy Mom – Menarche and Menopause – has been picked as one of the year’s best in her “Best of Bonfire” series! My post is … Continue reading

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Grandmothers: A Clear, Straightforward, Love

Today, I’m participating in the Grandmother Power Blogging Campaign, run by Tara Sophia Mohr. All kinds of bloggers are posting inspirational stories about grandmothers and elders — check it out! **** I was a college freshman at a giant state … Continue reading

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Pictures of my Heart

There are pictures of hearts all over my house, delightful spontaneous outpourings from the girls’ arts explorations. Lopsided heart shapes, scraggly letters staggering along proclaiming love — each one is priceless. Plenty of them — sigh of relief — are … Continue reading

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Letting go of showing up for everything

This week, I’m reposting one of my favorite posts as part of a “Whole Lotta Love” link-up, highlighting a post that flopped, a post didn’t get enough love when it was first posted. This represents a sweet turning point for … Continue reading

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The Joy of Being Sick

This week, I’m sick. Fever, chills, sweats, nasty cough — the whole shebang. I don’t know if I got it traveling or whether it was waiting, kindly, for me when I got home, but both L and I have it. … Continue reading

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