The View from My Kitchen Table

When you come to our house for dinner, depending on where you sit at the long farmhouse-style table, you'll get a certain glimpse into our life and values. Perhaps you'll sit facing the living room. You'll see a large photograph taken at Antelope Canyon in Arizona. Our friend took the photo looking up at the … Continue reading The View from My Kitchen Table

Creating Space for Play and Curiosity

Now that it's summer, the girls and I are in the car a lot together. I drive a Honda Civic, meaning that we're in close proximity for all music choices and conversation. Recently, I've been reminded of what a linguistically fun season we're in. Photo by Fabio Santaniello Bruun on Unsplash Elle loves separating words by syllable and … Continue reading Creating Space for Play and Curiosity

How to Be Idle and Blessed

I remember the first time I heard the line from Mary Oliver's poem, "The Summer Day." After contemplating the world of a grasshopper on a summer day, Oliver asks her reader if they know how to really pay attention, how to be still and quiet. The poem ends with an oft-quoted question: Tell me, what … Continue reading How to Be Idle and Blessed

The Importance of Reading Genesis

Last Friday, after we took Bea out for her celebratory last day of school lunch, I packed five books, two journals, two packs of pens, my computer, and my sneakers and drove up to the Abbey of St. Walberga close to the Wyoming border. I was two hours into the drive when I realized I … Continue reading The Importance of Reading Genesis

Delighting in New Creation

Last weekend was our first normal post-tax season weekend. We went out for brunch with my parents on Saturday morning, headed to Home Depot for gardening supplies, and spend Saturday and Sunday outside digging in the dirt. Well, Frank spend Saturday and Sunday digging in the dirt. The girls "helped" and played with neighbors. I watched … Continue reading Delighting in New Creation

Life is a Narrative Story, Not a Report

One of the best outcomes of this practice of blogging has been learning the art of storytelling. My goal with each essay is to take a life experience and weave a greater thought that can be applied beyond my story at this moment. It's been a good practice as I reflect on this phase of … Continue reading Life is a Narrative Story, Not a Report

Balancing Conservation and Progression

Mom, are giraffes endangered? Bea asked the other morning at breakfast. Is that why they're in zoos? As I paused to answer, Bea continued to ask what made animals endangered; how do they end up threatened? We talked about hunting and climate change and how zoos keep a lot of animals safe. But we talked about … Continue reading Balancing Conservation and Progression

Life is Mostly Boring

When I lived in Paris, none of my apartments had washing machines. So, part of my weekly routine was packing up my clothes and the lightest of my homework books and walking to the nearest laundry to spend hours watching my clothes churn. In my last apartment, I would walk through the winding streets of … Continue reading Life is Mostly Boring

The Platinum Rule

We've all heard the Golden Rule: "Treat others the way you want to be treated." While that rule is a good start, I've always been a bigger fan of the Platinum Rule: "Treat others the way they want to be treated." Living life by the Platinum Rule means setting aside my own preconceived ideas for what others … Continue reading The Platinum Rule

Review: Adopted by Kelley Nikondeha

I was hanging out with a friend the other day, our kids playing in the basement as we snatched bits of conversation. Her almost-one-year-old crawled over to me with the biggest smile. What a smile! I exclaimed before making a huge faux-pas, She looks just like her mom. Without missing a beat, my friend replied, She does look like … Continue reading Review: Adopted by Kelley Nikondeha