Archive for the ‘home life’ Category

Making stuff

19Jan16

I don’t make nearly enough stuff. I realized that while hot-gluing buttons for Christmas ornaments last month. The thought arose again while I took a few hours to work on a room redesign for a friend’s science classroom. And yet a third time, while making pipe cleaner flowers for a service project on MLK Day. […]


If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen my occasional posts titled “day … | [insert word here].”  Last summer I moved back to Virginia and I needed a way to document that. Maybe I subconsciously knew I wouldn’t be able to take it all in. I have been a serial […]


Last week my mom would have turned 62. We are all saddened she couldn’t be here. However, the number of people that reached out to us over the last month was an awesome testimony to her life and the value she gave to so many in her many community circles and the life lessons she […]


Last week my mom would have turned 62. We are all saddened she couldn’t be here. However, the number of people that reached out to us over the last month was an awesome testimony to her life and the value she gave to so many in her many community circles and the life lessons she […]


ritual

24Jan12

Ritual is necessary for us to know anything.        Ken Kesey Metal Snowflake by trec_lit For the first time in several years, I was home for Christmas. With people I have known all my life. All a little older, a little grayer, a little wiser. I was navigating an in between time of being an adult but […]


hosting dinner

16Nov11

Mud Pie This year I decided to host a party for my birthday. I haven’t hosted an adult party at my house since I moved to San Francisco over five years ago. It is one of those things that can be nerve racking because you want to get it right – have the right amount […]


growing

16Sep11

We’ve had bad luck with children; they’ve all grown up. Christopher Morley Flickr Photo by LadyDragonflyCC One great thing about community is sharing over time – sharing meals together, sharing news on the street, sharing advice, sharing as you and your family grow. My daughter, an only child has benefited from a friend and neighbor […]


Yumm! February and March is one of the best times of the year. Young girls get to try their sales skills, math skills, organizations skills and probably their parents’ patience during the annual Girls Scout Cookie sale. For a little over six months, I have been co-leading my 4th grade daughter’s Girls Scout troop. It […]


I sat in my car Saturday afternoon reading Facebook comments to Nicholas D. Kristof’s question asking what were you doing on 9/11/01 and what have we learned. On that day I sat with my coworkers watching the events unfold on tv. One of them was from NY; that was probably my only concrete connection to […]


One week ago I found out I had accomplished a feat I have been working for almost 15 years. I became a Licensed Architect in the state of Virginia. Yaa! Now my dilemma is what next. I’m going to try to use this blog as a chronicle of life after this major accomplishment as I […]