Category Archives: Parenting

What must the librarian think?

What does the librarian think of me, I wonder? I am the mother who at all hours of the night places a wide array of parenting books on hold. My husband is the person in our family who generally picks … Continue reading

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All Over the Map

All over the map. That’s me right now. I am all over the map about most things at the moment, or so it feels. Take, for instance, parenting. I find that I am seeking advice from books, friends, teachers, co-workers, … Continue reading

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My new motto: simplify

Along with my new parenting idol, I have a new parenting motto: simplify. This has been inspired by the book, Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne. I haven’t finished his book, but already he’s helped me clear some clutter out … Continue reading

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My new idol: Mary Poppins

Last night for family movie night we watched Mary Poppins. Of course my own childhood viewing means that I can sing “A Spoonful of sugar” or “Chim Chiminey” with some excitement. However, this viewing of Mary Poppins from the adult … Continue reading

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Some days, I feel like I suck

And today is one of those days. Well, this week, actually, is one of those weeks where I feel like I suck as a mother. Not really because of something that I’ve done but because our boys’ behavior is just. … Continue reading

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To cheer or not to cheer, that is the question

I grew up in a household where we didn’t watch sports on TV. The cheer team at my high school was made up of only girls. And, in comparison to the dance and drill team, those cheerleaders received little, if … Continue reading

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Q&A with Malena Watrous

Part of the joy in reading Malena Watrous’ novel, If You Follow Me, was having a huge trip down memory lane. Like me, Malena worked as an Assistant Language teacher in Japan for two years. In her debut novel she … Continue reading

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Aging Part Two

As I said in my previous post, one day last week I had two aging moments that made me pause. Read about the first moment here. After I left the salon, I drove home. I was anxious to get into … Continue reading

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Fruits and Vegetables

I’m taking a workshop with Lisa Romeo right now…her second 4×4 focus on techniques in nonfiction (scene, humor, narrative, etc.). Part of that online workshop experience includes a month of daily writing prompts. Today’s prompt is fruits and vegetables. After … Continue reading

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Parenting from the Sidelines

Our older son starts T-Ball this month. It will be his first experience on an organized sports team. He’s taken tennis lessons and he loves being active — riding his bike, running, throwing balls — but he’s never been part … Continue reading

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