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Monday mornings

After lifting Leta out of the back seat and handing her her lunch box, I close the door to our car and begin to turn toward the entrance of her school. Out of the corner of my eye I see Chuck hop down into the space behind the front passenger seat to get at the [...]

Gadgets and gizmos aplenty

A man sings “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid I’m linking to this for a couple of reasons: one, this song haunts me when I sleep because Leta watches this movie over and over again, and I can’t get it out of my head. May the same now happen to you. Two, I’m [...]

Glass bird ornament

This year the colors on our Christmas tree are orange, red, purple and gold, and most of the ornaments are those little plastic or glass balls that you can get at the dollar store for about ten cents apiece. Some we’ve had since the first year we started dating, but this year I wanted to [...]

Tiny reindeer

You think he wouldn’t like snow, considering how he routinely seeks out the hottest spot in the house. But the stuff is like catnip, and he will sit at the window staring at it, pining to run outside and turn cartwheels.


I’m not a huge fan of snow, but in the hours following a heavy storm I can’t deny how it makes the world seem magical. It snowed anywhere from ten to twelve inches on Saturday, and when it finally stopped I took a walk so that I could listen to how it silences almost every [...]