Sweet Silver Bells, part 11

(Talk about a story break, sorry readers! Let’s get this one finished, huh? I’ll be writing the conclusion over the next couple of Wednesdays ....more

UNO, mixing Play-Doh, and 28 Days of Play

Playing UNO with a pirate. One of those things is harder for me than the other one. I’m talking about playing with Abbey and Dylan as part of an amazing series called 28 Days of Play, which is the brain child of the talented Rachel Cedar ....more

Five things

The light is shifting. Even with “spring forward” almost a week away, the sun is setting a little later, and daylight comes sooner. A pale yellow glow lights the sky where it’s been painted gray for months ....more

Five minutes

With ten minutes left before I had to leave the house, I closed my...more

Finding flowers — snippets and smiles

The kids petitioned for dinner out on Sunday night, complete with a “circle yes or no” note for Ryan. In an unprecedented move, I tried to skip out on pizza. My protest wasn’t because of the ridiculous climbing of calories on My Fitness Pal but the cold ....more

Free short stories from Bannerwing Books

One of the hats I wear is managing editor over at Bannerwing Books, a small — but growing! — independent publisher. Bannerwing Books wants to help authors hone...more

A Weekend with Froggy

Froggy goes to Target (of course.) I went to preschool in the early 80s,...more

Five Things

Snow closed school on Monday and Tuesday, leaving us with the long days filled with makeshift activities and stretched screen limits. Snow days won’t always be like this. We’ll scatter to different rooms, falling into individual pursuits, and these days when I wonder how they can continuously...more

6 Words

We’ve been building a lot of LEGO lately. I have two types of LEGO builders, and this smiling little guy is an un-builder and re-builder. He loves his The LEGO Movie sets so much — building, breaking down, and rebuilding ....more

Finding unexpected power

I can’t count how many times we’ve carried the condor eggs to the top of the mountain, part of the narrative involved in a yoga DVD both my kids adore. This week, when Dylan asked me to actually do yoga instead of just racing around the house and hiding my inflexibility, I said yes. He gleefully piled a group of plastic Easter eggs next to me ....more