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    Nursing a gym-bag

    “Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.”

    Diane Ackerman

    A load of laundry was left, forgotten, in the washing machine. I can’t even tell you exactly how long it stewed […]

    Creative or destructive?

    “One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making new discoveries.”

    A.A. Milne

    Last Christmas we bought a gorgeous, second-hand Plan dollhouse for the girls. It was in mint condition when we bought it, and our daughters have kept it in wonderful shape until this past week […]

    Book Glow

    “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

    James Dean

    I actually had a little ‘book-launch-nightmare’ Friday night. I was standing in the bookstore with a crowd of people staring at me expectantly, and nobody was buying the book.

    I rarely remember my dreams, […]

    Poor Gumby

    “We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.”

    Honore de Balzac

    Who was Murphy and why must there be such a law? On the one night last week that my husband had to go back to work after dinner […]


    “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.”

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    We’re a musical family. Big Daddy-O and I both play guitar, I play the djembe, and our daughters already play a plethora of instruments. If […]


    “Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.”

    Amelia Burr

    I try to take the girls on an outdoor adventure every day, rain or shine, and last week was no exception. It was a blustery day when I packed a lunch and the three of […]

    The grass is always greener…

    “If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”

    John Maxwell

    Okay, it’s time for The Grassman Update! Prepare yourself…

    I have to […]

    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, […]

    Our Big Earth

    The lovely Robin Rivers of Our Big Earth reviewed my book today. If you’d like to read her comments, please pop over to her site by clicking on the ‘family’ widget on the right sidebar. (There’s also an opportunity to win a free book!)

    I’ll write more about the book launch on Monday!


    “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”

    Denis Waitley

    Don’t worry; I’m not going to be writing about Daisytree three days a week from here on in, but I have to let you know how Pip’s […]