I can't believe Christmas is only a few sleeps away already. I'll be taking a break from this space to enjoy the holiday season with our family and some long overdue rest. As we do each year, we'll be traveling to spend the next week with…
The Gingerbread Man
by Rowena Bennett
The gingerbread man gave a gingery shout:
"Quick open the oven and let me out!"
He stood up straight in his baking pan.
He jumped to the floor and away he ran.
"Catch me," he called,…
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Old man Winter has finally arrived here (mildly by some of your standards), chasing the last of the leaves from the branches, forcing us into warm coats and under throw blankets. Although at times I miss the long evenings of the warmer months,…
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In honor of Small Business Saturday, a day promoted by American Express to support small businesses around the globe, I'm sharing a few of my favorite gift ideas for made or sold by small businesses/creatives. I hope they inspire…
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It has rained for days now. A cold, relentless rain. I look toward our cactus still propped on our outdoor table, now hunched over like an old man, withering. Cold has a way of making us all feel old. From…
Things never happen the same way twice.
― C.S. Lewis
The morning is slow, rare for us on any day, especially on a Saturday. Mark has left town for the weekend and the kids and I spend the first hours of day moving from bed to table to…
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. . . Sometimes I dream
that everything in the world is here, in my room,
in a great closet, named and orderly,
and I am here too, in front of it,
hardly able to see for the flash and the brightness-
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These long, blustery January nights are the perfect excuse to host a small, spontaneous gathering at home. With a little red wine, a few indoor string lights, and plenty of soft pillows for…
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