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Chew on this …

Like some of you, I have tried more stress-relief remedies than I care to admit. Yoga. Reflexology. Jazzercise. Aromatherapy. Chocolate. Each has had some helpful effect, but none of them has left me stress-free. Lately, I’ve tried to accept that as a woman of a certain age with a husband, daughter, full-time job, and a … Continue reading

Name game

No longer next door, but still in our hearts, our former neighbors continue to entertain us. Their four kids call us Mr. and Mrs. Basil, and as a result think of our family as “The Basils.” This week we found out just how ingrained the notion is. Basil stopped by to see them Tuesday and … Continue reading

Hello, Goodbye

Trying to squeeze every minute out of this, the last Sunday before ALL the fall activities finally swing into high gear and every weekend is scheduled until mid-2014, Catherine and I made a wonderful Pasta Alla Vodka following this recipe from the Rhyme & Ribbons blog, and then the three of us went out for … Continue reading

Off-color remarks

Weeks after Catherine’s camp gig ended, she’s still entertaining us with funny stories from her days watching the 3- and 4-year-olds. D. was one of her favorite campers, a real mush-bug who liked to snuggle in Catherine’s lap during circle time. One morning, D. came toward Catherine while the kids were drawing, uncapped Sharpie marker … Continue reading

Going campy at camp

Yesterday marked the last day of camp for Catherine. The Young Leaders Program runs only five weeks each summer, which is far too short. However, it seems she has distinguished herself quite nicely. The person in charge of the YLPs told her he hoped to see her next summer — which would mean an actual … Continue reading

Don’t bug me

Catherine has always been afraid of spiders. Once when she was 6 or 7, she stole down the stairs in the dead of night, wearing her favorite blue feetie pajamas — the ones with the clouds on them — and woke Basil up. “Daddy,” she said, “there’s a spider in my room.” Of course Basil … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Time for a Cold One

Only Basil would crave a cold beer in the middle of a blizzard. This photo was taken in March 2003. Basil is standing in the middle of the street in front of our house (those are our neighbors’ homes behind him). I don’t know about you, but I find that seeing the chilly scenery is … Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday — Weather. Or not.

Wordless Wednesday — Duck!


A word about occupational hazards

I’ve written before about my occupational hazards. Four years after leaving the newsroom, I’m still copy-editing every bit of writing that crosses my field of vision, and I’m still thinking up story ideas. Two years since becoming a Jazzercise instructor in my spare time, I’m listening to music in a whole different way – counting … Continue reading

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