In Praise of Words

I love words. Loooove them. They’re tiny sparkling gemstones in my mind, waiting to be picked up and used. Finding the right word for what I want to say is like selecting an outfit: it takes time, and discards will be on the floor before it’s over, but when everything comes together, there’s a satisfaction … More In Praise of Words

Our Beautiful Mess

We celebrated our 25th anniversary on year 26. It’s not a given that you have to take a cruise or renew your vows or do something amazing when you’ve been married 25 years. But 25 years is worth celebrating, so lots of people do. Last year, all of this got lost in the crush of … More Our Beautiful Mess

Fruitless Gardening

Where I live, this is the week they tell us we can put plants in the ground. Any sooner and frost could kill them; any later and we might not get a harvest before frost comes again. It’s just too much pressure. I come from a long line of plant whisperers, people who merely by … More Fruitless Gardening

Opposite Day

When my kids were little, we watched VHS videos with cheesy songs about animals, sports, feelings, and the like. Let’s just say none of them would ever win a Tony. I remember one, “Opposite Day”, about doing things backwards all day long: putting clothes on backward, eating dinner for breakfast, walking backward. My kids loved … More Opposite Day