What moving is teaching me

What moving is teaching me (from boxes to cupcakes) A cupcake is not a cupcake if it’s not in a paper liner, is it? And certainly not if it’s pumpkin. After all, pumpkin is a vegetable. And cream cheese icing is cheese, after all. Not healthy per se, but...

What will you dream when you grow up?

What will you dream when you grow up? Dreamer is an important label right now. It always has been, or at least it should be, especially when referring to children. Artist, ballerina, astronaut, professional athlete, teacher, nurse, policeman. Somewhere along the...

What does Charlottesville mean?

What does Charlottesville mean? I feel like I should say something about Charlottesville, but I hardly know what. Charlottesville is a charming, eclectic red-bricked hill town that today is known for something horrendous. Charlottesville is America in a teaspoon....

8 Rules for a Great Book Club

8 Rules for a Great Book Club It’s been over four years since I started my book club, and may I say that it has been a raving success? We meet again tonight, and I am giddy with excitement. My son wanted to move into his new place today, and I put him off until...

3 reasons you should visit a cemetery

3 Reasons You Should Visit a Cemetery This past week, only days after Memorial Day, I ironically found myself attending 2 funerals and visiting 2 cemeteries. I listened to Taps from a Marine bugle, I watched a flag being folded and unfolded by 2 solemn officers, and I...

7 tips for a good workspace

After my oldest son’s sophomore year in college, I stole his bedroom. I asked him first, but it was more of a “I want to make your bedroom into my study. Is that okay?” kind of question. He didn’t care. He was having so much fun at college, we...

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