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    Vacations worth the sweat

    When we commit a chunk of money to a vacation, we hope that we will come out of it with some good memories and awakened interests and family connection. I mean, it’s a lot of money. And a lot of work to plan, pack and carry out. So we want some return on our investment, right? We want to have fun, dammit!

    But how? What’s...

  • One patch at a time

    One patch at a time

    Once upon a time, you would have learned everything you needed to know about mending from a relative or neighbor. You would have...

    • Nov 6, 2018 03:27 pm
  • Fill your bookshelf, fill your mind

    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.

    • Sep 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • Artists on the move

    Artists on the move

    On our family trip this year we ventured out into the desert for a week of hiking amidst giant boulders and jackrabbits. My...

    • Jul 2, 2018 04:06 pm
  • 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
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