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All The Posts I Haven’t Yet Written

What does a blogger do when she’s feeling frustrated, stretched, and simultaneously directionless? She pulls out all the posts she’s started and dumps them into a single post. 1. At the end of the school year, I took my four plus the two from carpool to the library. Their mother said they could bring home…

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Anatomy of a Pseudo-Foodie Family

Item: one of Alex’s first words was “creme brulee.” Item: when our kids go over to other people’s houses and get asked what they want for dinner, they have been known to ask for “crab quiche.” Item: we’ve started doing cheese tastings with the kids. We love food in our house. And over the years,…

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In Which I Visit A Wind Farm and Alex Rolls His Eyes Repeatedly

What shall I say about wind turbines? The way Alex geeks out about Percy Jackson and Star Wars is the way I geek out about wind farms. I think they are really cool. (Alex says I do not, by any stretch of the imagination, geek out about wind farms. He says I don’t know anything about…

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Mercy In The Age of Facebook

Because the spiritual works of mercy have always been a little tough to pin down, I offer this today: The Spiritual Works of Mercy – in the Age of Facebook Mark Piper 🔶 To Give Counsel to the Doubtful, in person, without a shield of anonymity, with charity and goodwill as your motivation 🔶 To Instruct…

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Growing Up Musical

When kids grow up with musical parents…especially ones who lead a choir (“conduct” might be a wee bit too glamorous a word for either of us)…you get this… …and you get this… …which leads, most adorably to all, to a 4-year-old who says seriously, “Mom, look at my invisible trombone!” Which, when he is interrupted in playing to…

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Stained Glass, A Strong-Willed Breakthrough, and Learning to ride a bike in a week (theoretically)

It’s been a pretty intense week, with Julianna in iCanBike camp in a nearby town. I’ve had to pull her and Nicholas from school early every day so we could make the half-hour drive to the camp. They begin with this gizmo, which is sort of barrel-shaped, so it’s narrower and less stable than training…

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Default: Happy

There are two basic states of being: default happy and default unhappy. This is the insight that leaped out at me me almost as soon as I started reading Chade-Meng Tan last week. Some people are happy all the time, except when something bad happens to them. Other people are unhappy always, unless something good…

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