Ding Dong! Merrily on Ooh I Bit My Cheek

  The Kids’ Annual Christmas Piano Recital is in less than 2 weeks. Actually, it’s 9 days from now and the tension is palpable. Zoë has decided that perhaps it’s time for her to practice the piece she’s going to be playing.  And…….surprisingly — she does not know it. So after about 30 or so very painful, discordant minutes of… Read more →

And Then She Ate Cake

“Done!” Zella’s tiny voice proudly proclaimed as she shoved the empty plate forward and leaned back in her chair.  One continuous motion.  A quick glance at her plate did, in fact, confirm her declaration.  The plate was empty.  Void of the usual remnants one might find when Zella typically declares herself “done” following a meal.  No crusts unceremoniously ripped from… Read more →

We’re Going to Need Protein

Zoë: You know what would be great? If we could for one year live completely off the land. Me: Really? Zoë: Yep. We could grow corn and beans. And raise chickens for eggs. And we wouldn’t have to go to the store for anything. Me: it would be nice to go off the grid for a while. But we’d also… Read more →

It’s 95% Mental…

The other half is physical.   Yogi Bear said that. Wait, Berra.  The ball player, not the cartoon.  Anyway, he was talking about baseball – not running – but I think it applies. Things I realized in no particular order on this morning’s run:  (And I’m using the term run very loosely.) 5 weeks is an awfully long time for… Read more →