2020: My Year in Pictures

Posted by on Dec 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

At the beginning of December the New York Times ran their annual Year in Pictures, and of course, it’s full of great, meaningful moments and amazing photography. I mean absolutely amazing. From the beginning of the pandemic in Wuhan to the first vaccine administered, with stunning photos from the presidential campaign, Black Lives Matter protests, California wildfires, and many other moments in between. It served as inspiration for me to create...

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The Week with Two Fridays

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

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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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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Valentine’s Day Cookies

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in cooking/recipes, Family, Friends, Parenting, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Why should sugar cookies only be made at Christmas? Sure, these melt-in-your mouth delights are associated with the holiday season, probably in part due to their colorful sprinkles or icing. But when I was a kid, we had sugar cookies for all sorts of seasons and holidays. Shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day, leaves in the fall, bunnies at Easter, not to mention the host of fun cookie cutter shapes that weren’t holiday related that my mom would use...

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Christmas Cards in the Facebook Age

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Family, Friends, Holidays, Uncategorized |

Every family has its own Christmas traditions, and I love that we enjoy so many of them. In our family making sugar cookies decorated with sprinkles is one thing I do with the kids every year at Christmas, and Bill and the kids make buckeyes, or peanut butter balls with the peanut butter showing through the chocolate at the top. These are just two of many, including decorating the tree, watching Elf, and looking at other people’s...

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Surviving the Holiday Season of Hyperactivity

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Uncategorized |

Remember that excitement you used to feel when you were a kid every year when December rolled around? The lights, the decorations, the cookies, the music, the holiday specials on TV, and maybe most exciting of all — a break from school! If you have young children, you remember that excitement well. You live it, vividly, through them, each and every day. As a parent, I have come to realize that my kids, who are generally well behaved, turn...

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