January is only a couple weeks old, and although my resolution to write lots of letters to the editor, politicians, etc. hasn’t QUITE materialized, I did write ONE. This was inspired by the spate of tornadoes that hit Wisconsin in mid-December. My family was fortunate that we didn’t suffer the devastation that unseasonable storms inflicted […]

One of my resolutions this year is to become more politically active, at least in the sense of taking more time to write to my representatives and express my views on issues that concern me. I’ve done some sporadic email writing over the past year, but I really need to take more time to share […]

When I started this blog, I imagined it as a cozy nest that I could line with little scraps of loveliness. Hence my silence for the last several months: Any moments of beauty have been overshadowed by my recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis, and I didn’t know what to write. Do I talk about this chronic […]

I admit it: I save stuff that would normally be thrown away. A LOT of stuff. The word “hoarding” may have been applied to my habits by certain other parties who are married to me, but in my defense, my “hoarding” pays off at this time of year, when it’s time to start garden seeds. […]

Sage has now been in this world for thirteen years, and for almost all of those years, Bob the Baker has made an edible masterpiece to commemorate the occasion. Each year, Sage picks his current interest, and Bob delivers a monument in carbs to that theme. The cakes have depicted everything from water parks to […]

I’ve been struggling to remain optimistic despite the hatred and anger I’ve had to confront while defending our local library and its pandemic response. While the library’s funding seems safe, at least for the moment, the dispute has cost both me and my son some formerly dear friends, and other friends have been threatened for […]

I can’t write about the current bitterness in my human world any more, so I’m going to shift focus to the equally intense but infinitely cuter rivalry between Joker the Rooster and Lily the Small But Feisty Dog. Much to their chagrin, the chickens have been confined to their pen for the winter, but that […]

I was feeling hopeful when last I wrote. Yes, I’d had a difficult conversation with a friend. Yes, the divisions between us became painfully stark. Still, I thought, I’d listened. I’d showed her I cared about her and took her concerns seriously. I’d done my patriotic duty by trying to bridge the chasm between us. […]

I will never be a soldier. I’ve heard so many horror stories about Boot Camp that, even if I DID have military inclinations, I would fail miserably. But I think there’s an equally important way I can serve my country right now: Listen. Listen to people with whom I disagree, try to find common ground, […]

Like so many of my fellow Americans, I’ve been marinating in a stew of fear and despair. I volunteered as a poll worker–I saw how carefully handled and well documented each ballot was–I came away from the experience with a new appreciation for my country. Yet a slurry of false election fraud accusations and gun-toting […]