My son the Petri dish

Now that I’m fairly sure he’s not going to die, I can tell you that my youngest, a senior in high school, has both mononucleosis and West Nile Fever. This seems like overkill, and somewhat unfair. What I’ve learned about…
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For Mother’s Day – The Lanyard

I have been feeling pretty guilty in the mother department recently; hearing Billy Collins read this on A Prairie Home Companion helped a lot: The Lanyard Billy Collins The other day as I was ricocheting slowly off the pale blue…
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Blizzard 2006

There’s some snow outside: My beloveds (husband and kids) did a wonderful job over the last two days clearing off the driveway and the sidewalk: More pictures at flickr: Blizzard, December 2006

All I want is a regular Christmas tree

Where are the regular Christmas trees? By “regular”, I mean a) real, and b) not pruned and shorn into a tortured, stunted, overfilled cone. I’m already at a disadvantage when it comes the Christmas tree buying, because I was taught…
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I frequently tell my children that I wish I had trained a dog before I ever had children, because I learned so much about behaviour that way. Eldest Son kindly sent me this article: The central lesson I learned from…
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