Love Before the Internet

Reality refused to meet my sky-high expectations. So, I lowered them. I was born a hopeless romantic. Due to my life circumstance and trajectory, I was — for good or ill — enabled to stay that way much longer than most kids are these days, what with “sexting” and porn and the Internet. The Internet…

TBD

A brief interlude in the “Self-Annoyed: Solo-preneurship Done Write” series… because when we aren’t working, we’re living (and life has some pretty big curve balls of its own). Suggested soundtrack for reading: “There is So Much More” by Brett Dennen.  Everyone said we wouldn’t make it. Well, okay, not everyone. But I couldn’t resist an…

Lift Off

Well, folks, we made it to New Mexico. We finally found a place where the sky is clear, the sun is shining and the breeze is chilly (but not face-freezing cold). We made it out of Missoula by the skin of our teeth, as they say, slipping and sliding all over the highway. Trying to…

Dear Joey

Holy shit, you’re almost four. In less than two weeks, you’ll officially be a little boy. Sometimes I still see traces of the baby I once bounced and rocked, but your body is already shaping up a lot like your dad’s – tall and lanky. You’re stretching out like a caterpillar before my very eyes,…

Lost in the Parenting Desert

When a dear friend called to tell me about a brilliant local event she wanted to plan around the theme of “drought,” I thought “hell yeah.” It was a particularly awful day, during what most of us might call the “apocalyptic period” of this last summer – so much smoke you couldn’t see the mountains…

Gardening and Kids Don’t Mix

One of the features my husband and I love most about our house is the enormous plot of soil surrounded by white picket fencing, a perfect spot for growing things. It was too late to plant when we moved into our house last summer, so this year we prepared a game plan, outlined a budget…