Alarming

When you’ve had your smartphone for a while, you accumulate a lot of clutter.  You know the kind I mean: old texts, emails from people you hardly remember, screenshots, reminders and notes to yourself, bookmarks, saved articles and e-books.  Our phones have taken the place of photo albums, journals, messages scrawled on the back of…

Security Blankets

Warm.  Soft.  Cozy.   This is the time of year when we snuggle under them, wrap ourselves in them, tuck old and worn ones under our favorite shivering pets, cover our legs with them, ready for an invigorating sleigh ride.  And rumor has it, some of us even knit them!   I am not such…

Thank You: It’s Only Polite

When my kids were little, every time they interacted with strangers, I felt a little boost of pride.  Once, my kids were polite. My parents cared about politeness.  My mom had an old copy of Emily Post, where we would look up the proper way to do things.  Which fork goes where.  How long you…

Depth of Experience: Career vs. Family

(credit Art work: Madelaine LeDew) I experienced one of the defining moments of motherhood when my child was about 18 months old. I had worked for several years in my profession before I decided to stay home with my firstborn, and I was still trying to keep my hands in it.  I decided to join…

Weeks Like That

Every week has its own joys and sorrows.  But as we head toward the end of the school year, or at least the official public school year, we homeschoolers often end up scrambling to get the rest of the work done. Whether dictated to us by state standards, or by a book on what every…

One is silver

Last week my son with autism spent his spring break at a lovely art camp.  It was a new experience for him:  four hours away from me each day, the opportunity to be creative, with enthusiastic supportive staff all around. He was not the only one who enjoyed the time apart.  As much as we…