Telling stories about the absurd and extraordinary in everyday life.

Re-nesting

Re-nesting

By on Feb 21, 2015 in Life, Parenting | 0 comments

When I was in my third trimester of my pregnancy with my son, just about 19 years ago, I went a little crazy in my nesting phase. I washed the precious baby clothes several times in anticipation of the baby’s arrival. I vacuumed incessantly. I was in graduate school and desperate to finish my papers at the end of the semester and complete my grading. My...

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Here We Grow Again

Here We Grow Again

By on May 13, 2014 in Arkansas, Iowa, Life, Literature, Parenting | 0 comments

I continue to think life will slow down, that I won’t always be on the run. I continue to be wrong. So very, very wrong. Instead of slowing down, I’ve gone and ramped things up again. I have a bad habit of doing that. Everything in my life is about to enter a new season. It’s all exciting. It’s all scary. It’s interesting and...

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A Garden View

A Garden View

By on Aug 18, 2013 in Iowa, Life | 0 comments

I cannot imagine many people on this planet have had the good fortune to have all four of their grandparents live in such close proximity to them as my brother, sister, and I did. I can’t imagine that any of them had finer people for grandparents, either. The two couples were as different as night and day in many respects, but we loved them all fiercely and...

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Simply Edamame

Simply Edamame

By on Jul 7, 2013 in Agriculture, Arkansas | 1 comment

I like my food simple, in part because I was raised in rural Iowa where our foods were very uncomplicated (except for a handful of truly strange jello “salads”) and partly because I don’t cook that much. I just don’t have the time. A few weeks ago I was a part of a great group of Arkansas bloggers who participated in the annual Bean2Blog event at P....

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