The Toughest Break

Took a break from my pile of work for a run on a lovely day. Took a break from my run on a lovely day to introduce myself to a delightful neighbor down the road. Took a break from my delightful neighbor conversation to watch a hunter drag a dead deer out across the...

On Crime and Punishment

Kids and trouble Declan got in trouble in school again. This isn't new. He hangs out with the principal so much he doesn't know principals are supposed to scare kids despite the fact you spell "principal" with a "p-a-l." If I ask him, he'll tell me the principal gets...

Fairy Tales are Parent Lies

"Teach me about Slenderman." Slenderman is Declan's new "thing." For a while, it was Jacob Marley, then dinosaurs, then video games. Declan loves Minecraft. Minecraft lies somewhere between Legos and little kid engineering--it's great stuff. It makes me motion sick...

Nobody’s Ready for the First Day of School

It's five a.m. The bread is in the oven, breakfast in my bowl. I made it in the crock pot last night in an amazing feat of "I'm going to get ready for school the night before. The momentum should last at least a week. I'm listening to crickets. Birds aren't yet awake....

Yoga: Tying the Body in Knots

I'm on yoga retreat, contemplating the meaning of life, but I keep thinking I should get ready for the school year. Pause. I promised I would not do schoolwork this weekend, no matter that I got my schedule really late or that in a few short days I'm going to have...

Moms Can Detail Cars, Too!

I may be a girl, but I know my cars. And it's time to detail this one. I'm going to a yoga retreat today. I have to go on retreat because it's the only time I can avoid being jumped on while I practice yoga. It's bad karma to go on a yoga retreat with a car filled...

Invasion of Privacy Starts Young

Declan got a letter in the mail. I didn't think twice about it. I opened it right after I opened the monthly notice from the electric company telling me,"You used 4% more energy this year than last year." Declan's letter wasn't a bulk notice from the school. It was a...