10 Conversations I want to Have With My Teen

If I could take a long road trip with my teen, I would choose a destination that would take us down miles of those mid-western linear highways so that I could focus on our conversations and not worry about white-knuckle driving.  I wouldn’t chase after a hallmark sunset or a superb skyline because all I…

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A Simple, Versatile Real Food Breakfast Menu

If I could pick a period in which to breakfast, I would choose the Upper-class Regency Era in England, a la Downton Abbey season 1 for two reasons:  the menu was simple and unhurried.  The upstairs residents of the Regency Era households had the luxury of lingering over breakfast while engaging in polite chit chat…

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Book Banter: A Book Review From the Side Porch

Thanks for joining me in a monthly book banter.  If we are going to be coffee-sipping on the side porch friends, then I must unapologetically confess three of my weaknesses to you right now:  organic lipstick found for a bargain, organic coffee (lattes to be exact), and books.  Some women buy too many shoes; I…

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Farm Creatures

Our sheep. It all started out as a Mother’s Day gift and ended (or rather continues) with a small herd of ewes bearing the names of Jane Austen characters. Yes, Jane Austen characters: Jane, Charlotte, Fanny, etc. the list continues. Our sweet herd, is 100% Romney a breed best known for their curly, silky wool.…

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Don’t Cram Your Kid in a Curriculum Box

I adore giving gifts.  Everything about the process excites me.  To the gift giver, the presentation of the gift is as equally important as the actual gift.   I recently bought a gift for a friend and tried to force the gift in what I thought was the perfect box.  The contents simply wouldn’t fit in…

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Mothering, the Great Balancing Act

A few weeks ago, I visited my favorite neighborhood coffee lounge, a mutual gathering place for Mac-toting hipsters and middle-aged woman like myself. That particular day, I ended up sharing a stainless steel (whatever happened to cozy couches and overstuffed chairs) with two moms who were out for a bit of respite with the aid…

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