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    “Rhythm is something you either have or you don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.”

    Elvis Presley

    Local people will know that KidsFest was held this past weekend and Swarm was one of the main […]


    “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.”

    Hodding Carter

    Our second visit to Daisytree was a shortened morning session in which all of the kids and parents met for a short time to get acquainted. […]

    spirits of trees

    “I am in love with the green earth.”

    Charles Lamb

    Fig greets everything; people, geese, trees, slugs, flowers, bees…you name it, she’ll say ‘hi’ to it. I remember when Pip was her age she did the same thing. Isn’t it lovely? We should all be spreading our good energy […]

    Moving from ‘we’ to ‘I’

    “The art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” — Havelock Ellis

    I completely underestimated the loveliness of Lily, (the name I’ll give Pip’s teacher,) and her gorgeous pre-school, (which I’ve chosen to call Daisytree.)

    Two weeks ago I wrote, (at great length, […]

    Starting Early

    “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

    Henry Ford

    Last month I wrote about Pip helping out with chores around the house. I posted photos of her folding laundry, rolling pizza dough and stacking wood. I did not, however, include any information about our little […]

    The Greatest of Love

    “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs…since the payment is pure love.”

    Mildred B. Vermont

    Pip told me that I was ‘the greatest of love’ when I was tucking her into bed. The greatest of love. How does she do it? How does this tiny person […]

    A Good Hair Day

    “I’m not offended by all the dumb-blonde jokes because I know that I’m not dumb. I also know I’m not blonde.”

    ~Dolly Parton

    You’ve got to love Dolly.

    As promised, I’m giving you a visual update on Grassman’s hair. I think you’ll be impressed.

    On Friday we witnessed these […]


    “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 […]

    Happy Labour Day!

    “It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labour of peace.”

    Andre Gide

    Happy Labour Day Everyone! (And Happy Labor Day to my American friends.)

    I wonder if my friend Lori will go into labour on Labour […]

    Dish-rag gratitude

    “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

    G.K. Chesterton

    You’re not going to believe this, but I had an epiphany yesterday while I was on my hands and knees, dish-rag in hand, cleaning the floor underneath Fig’s high-chair […]