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    Dumb Digit

    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

    Albert Einstein

    After boiling some pasta for the girls at lunch time, I was telling Pip that the pot was very hot and she shouldn’t go near it. For some idiotic reason unbeknownst to me, […]

    Anger Plan

    “Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.”

    Lyman Abbott

    Pip surprised me the other day by stomping her foot on the floor when she was frustrated. It was a case of her not getting what she wanted, and instead of talking about […]

    Finding the gratitude

    “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be […]

    Letting Go

    “In the end these things matter most:

    How well did you love?

    How fully did you love?

    How deeply did you learn to let go?”

    Buddha

    When I was staying out at my parents’ beach house recently, I went for a […]

    Standing Tall

    “Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you too.”

    Patty Lovell

    I love places where books live. The girls and I found a gem at our local library called, “Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon” by Patty Lovell, illustrated by David Catrow. Pip was the one who spotted […]

    Give me a break

    “Patience is the companion of wisdom.”

    Saint Augustine

    Pip and Fig both have miserable colds at the moment. Neither of them are sleeping well, which means that I, too, am overtired. By about 4:00 pm yesterday, I noticed that my patience was disappearing. Pip was riding her new bike in […]

    Love about it

    “Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it.”

    Albert Smith

    Pip seems to cry a lot in the late afternoon. I think it has to do with the fact that she could still benefit from a wee kip, but she hasn’t had a […]

    Leaping and Launching

    “When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.”

    ~Cynthia Heimel

    So I made a little book over the summer, and I’m launching it at a local bookstore, […]

    Habits

    “The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”

    Samuel Johnson

    To me, September has always felt more like the beginning of a new year than January. It began when I was a child getting ready for the first week […]

    My Self

    “The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself.”

    Michel de Montaigne, Of Solitude

    I heard about a hand-drumming workshop at Joe’s Garage last week. A fabulous Mexican drummer named Candido was in town with his band, and he was willing to share his skills with […]