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    Fill your bookshelf, fill your mind

    Recently, I took a look at the news, and took a look at our bookshelves. One made me feel hopeless, and one filled me with hope. The books that we are reading, especially the read-aloud books, spark so many conversations, and become examples we can point to when a 7-year-old is trying to grasp big concepts, even when we shield him from the...

  • In praise of taking things apart

    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...

    • Jan 5, 2018 02:55 pm
  • All together in the kitchen

    All together in the kitchen

    Right before the beginning of the school year, a friend and I got together to cook up eight gallons of chili. The pot was big...

    • Nov 1, 2017 05:00 pm
  • 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
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