Brand New

by admin on February 22, 2017

Isn’t life strange and beautiful? My brother and his wife had a baby tonight. I wasn’t able to be there because they live in Arizona and I live in New England, but he sent me a video of her peacefully sleeping. And I couldn’t help but be struck by the fact that the birth of this tiny human will change the world forever. Every human who comes into the world changes the world irreversibly. Isn’t that amazing?  The world will never be the same again.

I keep watching the video of this little bundle of happiness, how sweet she looks, how new her life. The whole of her life is stretched before her.

My brother sent me a photo of her being held by my mother. One brand new, the other having been on this road for a long time.

There is beauty in this journey we are on, beauty at all it’s stages. Our world doesn’t always see that beauty. It runs from aging like it’s unnatural or avoidable. Denies it, tries to change it, hates it. But in that image of my mother and my niece, I see the miraculous gift we call life, beautiful at each step. Especially when it’s brand new.



by admin on February 14, 2017

Yesterday I told you about the humdinger of a storm we had. We awoke this morning to a waist high wall of snow at the end of the driveway. This was placed there by the plow as it went by pushing the snow as best they can.  I accept that there is only so much you can do with a plow and snow removal. If you don’t have any experience with plowed snow, it is heavy and difficult to cut through because it has been compacted by the blade of the plow.  We don’t own a snowblower, mostly relying on ourselves and our four oldest kids to help with the removal.  I firmly believe physical labor is good for a soul, and I did plenty of it as a kid, so not having a snowblower to me, isn’t a big deal.  But they sure are nice to have when there is a huge wall of compacted snow out there!

We were getting ready to trudge out there and deal with the inevitable, when I got a text from the woman across the street, offering us the use of her snowblower. Yippee, right?!  With a new spring in our step, we continued the donning of winter garb, when what to our wondering ears should we hear? Why, a snowblower in our driveway!  And not the one from the lovely lady across the street. No, this one was driven by another neighbor who had had his driveway cleared by the guy across from him, so he came down to our place to pay it forward.  He helped my husband clear our driveway, then my husband cleared the end of the driveway for the couple next door, aided by another neighbor across the street.

Why am I telling you all the mundane details of our snow removal?  To demonstrate the power of community.  I have been so disheartened by all the political discord bombarding us these days.  Us against them, rage, rage rage, pillage, vilify, etc.  But, here I am, in my not so little city, surrounded by a  diverse group of people in my neighborhood, and our differences don’t matter.  We have found our common areas and develped a respect and understanding for each other.  And I bet our little neighborhood isn’t the only one.  Happy communities don’t sell the news and they don’t fuel talk shows.  Some would claim that I live in a bubble, that we all get along because of our socio-economic status.  I’d have to argue no.  We  have upper class, middle and lower class nieghbors.  We have divorcees, singles, newly married, old timers, retirees, immigrants and families off the Mayflower, democrats, tree huggers and die-hard conservatives, straight and not.

Our opinions may be as diverse as the flavors of jelly beans, but we all have a deep respect for each others’ humanity.  We recognize that we all share this space and we all want the same thing, to live in peace with our families and neighbors.

I encourage you to look around you.  I bet the reality of the world around you is a lot different than the media is trying to sell you.


When it snows, plan your garden

February 13, 2017

So here in the Northeast, we are in the midst of a Nor’easter. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it means a humdinger of a storm. As the snow whips about outside, we are safely ensconced in the house, each of us finding ways to entertain ourselves. I’ve got my fleece blanket, my rice […]

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Preach it, Gandalf!

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Joy is…

October 5, 2014

Sunday – First rock concert with my daughter (does a teeny-bopper band count as “rock”?) Monday – An empty science museum without a school field trip in sight!! Tuesday – kids willingly starting and finishing school without being asked. Wednesday – free dinner ingredients (did I mention most of it was free!) Thursday – a […]

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Semi-farmed kind of life

October 3, 2014

I know, I’ve quoted two songs this week. I will try to be more original in the future;) I’ve been thinking about farming and all that that implies. I would LOVE to own a few acres and do the whole American Gothic thing (I’ve already got the bun and apron, just need to get hubby […]

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When your mom hands you extra veggies you make dinner

October 3, 2014

My folks have gone out west to visit my brother and his family. When that happens, my mom empties her fridge, and I am the (usually) lucky recipient of free food. Hey, I have a lot of mouths to feed, I’ll take free food! So the bounty bestowed on me includes a red pepper, a […]

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Blessed Good Friday and Happy Earth Day to you!

October 1, 2014

*I was looking through old posts and realized that I never published this one, so here it is* Yes, I did put Earth Day and Good Friday in the same sentence. Now, before you skewer me, hear me out. Why should we celebrate Earth Day? Personally, I love the idea of a day spent glorifying […]

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Been a long time since I rock and rolled

October 1, 2014

It’s been a long time, been a long time, Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. Yes it has. Yes, I am dating myself with a song reference to Led Zeppelin, oh well! It has been a long time. As I’ve mentioned before, I am terrible at the whole blog/journal thing. But I […]

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Joy is free!

July 15, 2012

Let’s see if I can remember my joys this week… Monday – Playing at the park with my kids after *FREE* swim lessons (one of the advantages of living in a city). I think you could make a whole exercise regime at the park. It takes a lot of work to pump on the swing:) […]

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