Archive for “Earth” Category

What, me worry?

Sep 12th, 2012

As a nationally-acclaimed worry-wort  (*disclaimer: no one has ever given me anything but grief, let alone acclaim for my vigilant worrying) a few weeks ago I did something that I’ve been feeling kind of proud of. This: That’s me (not pictured) boldly allowing my baby to ride her bike to school clear across suburbia all [...]


Once Upon a Time in an Enchanted Suburb

Oct 30th, 2011

Once upon a time in an enchanted suburb there lived a family. There was a king.  A queen.  A couple of princesses.  It was quite an ordinary family. They were content; not much happened in their little kingdom. Then one day funny things did start to happen. Funny, unexpected things that were not really the [...]


What I don’t know about chickens

Jun 16th, 2011

Chicken: Not a chicken: Hang tight. We have just about reached the end of my knowledge about chickens. They have beady little eyes. The color of the eggs they lay is directly linked to the color of their earlobes.  Impressive sounding, right?  At least until you get to the obvious follow-up question. So no, I [...]


Blame it on the Rain that keeps fallin’ fallin’

May 25th, 2011

Ahhhh.  Hello my beautiful sunny iris. If you squint just right it don’t you think it almost looks like that smoking hot orb that used to hang in the sky above this fair land? Forgive me the sarcasm. It’s not as if I’m one of those cheery sunshiny types.  I don’t need the sun to [...]


He’s Not Huntin’ Wabbits

May 10th, 2010

What is our caped crusader up to this time? I’ll give you a hint:  There are no wabbits on that rooftop.  But he is after something…. I know.  All super-hereos have their kryptonite, why should mine be any different? He has a nemesis– Do not be fooled by the banal laugh and bright feathers.  This [...]


The Birds, The Bees and The Booty Shake-Shake

Apr 25th, 2010

I’ve got a bone to pick with a particularly heated humpback whale. Or maybe it’s that mudskipper’s fault. I don’t really know who’s to blame but my first grader has picked up an alarming new habit and she didn’t get it from me. Maybe it’s the season.  Something in the air. I know I just [...]


I Pledge, Well Kind of

Mar 1st, 2010

You bet I accepted the Huffington Post’s Week of Eating In Challenge. I’m all in.  Shine that spotlight on homemade meals and watch me frugally budget.  Who knows? All that money I’m saving could add up to bags of gold that will allow me, some day, to bid adieu to my aging appliances and rip [...]


Hungry? Pass Me My Soapbox

Nov 30th, 2009

Back in the old days nobody was allergic to food, and I was the only kid in class who had to sit out PE because of a weird breathing problem.  Now we have peanut-free computer rooms and asthma is as prevalent in schools as number 2 pencils.  Kids sure have changed. Well, something has changed, [...]


Hay is for Horses, Not Bras

Sep 29th, 2009

Some of you may have gotten wind of the fact that I’ve got a hankering to be rolling around on the farm with a rugged cowboy.  It’s a beautiful fantasy.  Freshly harvested vegetables pose in a photogenic basket. The scent of fresh hay crushed beneath my back. The vivid blue of the sky peaking through [...]


Happy Birthday, Baby

Sep 25th, 2009

Oops, that’s not my birthday baby.  Here she is. Lest there be any confusion, her name is Acadia, not Lorax.  But boy oh boy does she speak for the trees.  If by speaking for the trees you mean throwing down on the lawn and kicking and screaming in protest of a few defenseless branches. Sweet [...]