Why I Love a Day on the Farm

“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” – John Muir ...more

Three Teacher Tools I Use at Home

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”- Albert Camus, The Stranger...more

Date Idea: Trapeze Lesson

Two weekends ago, Stephen and I took a trapeze lesson.I had signed us up earlier this year - a $40 Groupon, so why not?Months passed, and we finally found ourselves at the the lake front starring at a steep ladder, a couple swinging bars, and a catching net.We laughed. What the hell are we doing? Yet we parked the car....more

Happy Fourth of July

 "For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?" Ralph Waldo Emerson Happy Fourth of July!...more

The One-Minute Behavior Modifier

 "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."-Marcel Proust  ...more

The Best Pretzels in Chicago

"Productivity is important but how can I be productive if I have this one little thing in my brain? That I cannot get out. And that one little thing is a soft pretzel. So I'm just going to have my soft pretzel, then I'll get to work, and I'll be super productive. Look out for me."-Michael Scott, The Office...more

The Trick to Understanding Children's Behavior

"If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves."– C.G. JungI cannot believe my oldest finishes first grade tomorrow (sniff)....more

What's On Your Summer Reading List?

"If a book is well written, I always find it too short."- Jane AustenLet's talk about books ......more

Cooking Dinner Every Night: Is It Always an Epic Fail?

“You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.”- Julia ChildDisclaimer: This post is therapy for me, so if you have suggestions, please, pretty please, add them in the comments.I’m struggling with weeknight dinners.During the week, I fail at dinner....more
JLS320 Great recipes!! Thank you so much.more

In a Hurry? Slow Down ...

“I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” - Maya Angelou On Tuesday, I was standing on our sidewalk with the girls getting the mail from our slot. I heard a fast n...more