The Week with Two Fridays

Posted by on Jan 1, 2020 in Family, Holidays, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I realized as I was washing up the dishes after dinner on New Year’s Eve that the night felt very much like a Friday. Pizza after work and game night with the kids. But it was a Tuesday, which means in just a couple of days we’ll do it all again, on Friday (just maybe not pizza again). We get two Fridays this week! Two nights where we’re not in “school night” mode. Two nights of relaxing family time. The only thing that was different last night...

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Making Room for More Books

Posted by on Dec 10, 2019 in Books, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Last week I cleaned up my office. The uninitiated might walk into that room today and still say it looks like a mess. But if you had seen it two days ago, you’d know I made a dent in the piles of work/books/papers that stack up and accumulate over time. One of the biggest jobs in cleaning my office is working on my bookshelf. When I got married, I had one bookshelf. It got full, and Bill bought two more. Now those are full, and over time, books...

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The Cobbler’s Kids Have Shoes, or How I Wrote a Short Story

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Grandma, Writing | 2 comments

My grandmother was known to have a saying for about any situation. One of the many I heard as a child was “The cobbler’s kids never have shoes.” Once I figured out what a cobbler was, that saying started to make sense to me. Maybe it was a painter working on Grandma’s dining room and talking about how his wife had wanted her own kitchen painted, or the carpenter fixing her steps and talking about the bookshelf he hoped to build for his kids....

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A Fresh New View

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in travel, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Most of the time when I drive through the downtown business district of Elkin, I’m passing through on my way to somewhere else. I drive past the small businesses, the offices and the restaurants on my way to a meeting at the library, or to drop off a kid at guitar lessons, or just to get from my house to the movie theaters in the neighboring town of Jonesville. Yesterday was different. Rather than hurrying to a specific location for a meeting...

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Running for My Mental Sanity

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in work-at-home | 2 comments

Yesterday I went for a run. It was 60 degrees and sunny, and I decided not to let that beautiful day slip by without me getting out in it. This time of year, when it feels like the sun starts setting at 4:30, I love the fact that being a freelancer allows me to get out in the middle of the day, even if that means I’m proofreading after supper. While jogging by the neighbor’s yard where their new cow was resting in the sun, I also reflected on...

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