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    In praise of taking things apart

    When my husband was a boy, he took apart his mother’s camera. He assumed he could get it back together before anyone noticed what he was doing. Of course, it was hard to remember how all the parts went together. He got in trouble and was forbidden from wielding tiny screw drivers or opening up appliances.

    Flash forward 35 years and...

  • Locavore munchies

    Locavore munchies

    Trying to eat locally and seasonally seems daunting when you are feeding the picky three-year-old or the perpetually famished...

    • Sep 11, 2017 01:32 pm
  • Slow down snacks: nibbles for sitting still

    Slow down snacks: nibbles for sitting still

    In the midst of summer days, whether yours are full or free, there comes a time when it’s too hot and muggy to move. My...

    • Jun 27, 2017 01:54 pm
  • Relax, and let the kids into the garden

    Relax, and let the kids into the garden

    My children start “helping” in the garden in February. Before I order seeds, I go through my box of seeds from...

    • Apr 28, 2017 01:45 pm
  • Backyard camping: the proving ground

    Backyard camping: the proving ground

    ONE SUMMER WEEKEND, eight families gathered on a camping trip, albeit one close to home. Actually, in my yard. We roasted hot...

    • Aug 30, 2016 04:29 pm
  • Campfire cuisine: Biscuits on a stick

    Campfire cuisine: Biscuits on a stick

    I am raising two mini cavemen. They love grinding things with rocks, foraging in the berry patch, and holding a stick over the...

    • Jun 23, 2016 03:20 pm
  • Screen-free summer travel

    Screen-free summer travel

    My husband and I fell in love while traveling. Our courtship included subways, ferries, and interstate highways. We were out to...

    • Apr 29, 2016 02:35 pm
  • Let the ink flow

    Let the ink flow

    Turn off all of your electronics, gather pens, pencils & crayons, sit down together at the table, and draw on paper. Voila, a...

    • Mar 1, 2016 01:48 pm
  • Crayon coins

    Crayon coins

    In the cold dark days of winter, we can find ‘treasure’ in many places — the bright skies after a snowfall,...

    • Dec 24, 2015 12:46 pm
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