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The Real Christmas Workshop

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Forget Santa’s workshop at the North Pole: Julia’s workshop at the kitchen table is where the real magic is happening. She’s made amazing presents here for Shannon and Genevieve. I can’t wait to see what she makes for me!

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · borrowed content · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · Northfield · parenting · photos · winter

I’m Such a Yankee

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m such a Yankee. Sadly, the countries-I’ve-visited map would have just two spots of color.

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · borrowed content · diversions · narcissism · recollections

Into the Woods

November 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Though I’ve been living on the plains for ten years now, I still think of the woods as Nature. Like my affinity for winter and snow, my love for the woods is rooted in the experience of growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Some of my earliest memories are of walking with my dad and […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · borrowed content · cycling · nature · Northfield · photos · recollections · skiing · sport · winter

Four Crazy Things Said at My House Tonight

November 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Julia, finishing dinner: “I just love PowerPoint SO MUCH!” Genevieve, while I cleaned the kitchen: “Here, taste this sauce that I made from hot sauce, pepper, sugar, and ketchup.” Julia, after her shower: “If I can’t be the first woman president, I’ll be the best one instead.” Genevieve, around bedtime: “Look! I made a crocodile […]

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Awesome Filmmaking by the Girls

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Julia learned how to use the iOS version of iMovie at school this week, so she and Vivi have been making “trailers” – four so far. Each is better than the last, and the girls are especially happy with these three. Amazing creativity – and no shortage of sheer weirdness. The Diary of Fate Pixie Dust […]

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Tags: art · autumn · borrowed content · family · girls · media · Minnesota · parenting · video

Fabulous Poetry by Genevieve

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Tree branches swaying slightly Leaves whispering to one another Cornfield already asleep Clouds have painted the sky a deep blue Grass admiring the masterpiece Nature made Everything ignoring the headlights From cars slicing through the Kind evening Everything ushering everything else To fall asleep Life It passes quickly But you experience every minute of it […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · autumn · borrowed content · family · girls · nature

Throwback Thursday

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi and I spent quite a bit of the second half of July working on this 500-piece puzzle. She was a good partner. Working on this monster took me back to working on giant puzzles with my great aunts Mayme Leppanen and Selma Palojarvi in Ironwood Township, Michigan, when I was about Julia’s age.

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Book Report: Philip Connors, Fire Season

August 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

My ridiculously well-read friend Julia recommended that I read Fire Season, a book-length essay by Philip Connors on his work as a fire-tower lookout in the mountain forests of New Mexico. Connors’ writing is amazing, evoking both the wildness of his setting (which I now have a deep desire to see firsthand) and the civilized nature of his […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · book report · borrowed content · reading

Firewood 4 Sale

July 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Even though our vacation came at the start of summer, we saw lots of firewood for sale in the UP. Every other rural house or small-town gas station seemed to be selling camp wood for sale, always on the honor system. $4 a bundle was the normal rate, but I did see some priced to […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · borrowed content · miscellany · nature · photos · summer · traveling · Upper Peninsula · winter

The Barkley Marathons

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

“The Immortal Horizon,” a gorgeous article in The Believer by Leslie Jamison about the fabled, almost impossible Barkley Marathons trail race. That the hardship facilitates a shared solitude, an utter isolation that has been experienced before by others and will be experienced again, that these others are present in spirit even if the wilds have tamed […]

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The “Robots” Song, by Vivi

June 14th, 2014 · No Comments

A little song that Vivi made up and has been singing for a few days: Robots… Here they come down the street Robots… Marchin’ their robotic feet With a motorized computer in their head With snapping jaws that snap shut ev’ry time you touch ‘em Be careful! You don’t wanna bite your finger offffff………

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Tags: 365for40 · borrowed content · family · girls · parenting · spring

Four square: A Crazy Game

June 9th, 2014 · No Comments

This spring, the girls got very interested in the playground game four square. I never played the game growing up, so I had no idea how to play, and in fact at first I confused four square with tetherball, another game I never played.* Now, the girls love this game, and want to play it almost […]

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Field-Trip Thank Yous

May 28th, 2014 · No Comments

I had fun a couple weeks ago chaperoning Genevieve and two of her classmates through the wonderful field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The teachers do an amazing job of preparing their students for the trip, and the kids really enjoying seeing up close the art they’ve been learning about in class for […]

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Spring Poems by Vivi

April 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Genevieve wrote these two poems the other night, right before bed. (Both are untitled. Long story.) 1. Soft tapping on the green grass and sidewalk, cars slowly rolling down the wet street Birds chirping kindly Gray but beautiful Raindrops clinging to branches on the trees Still and quiet The rain silently offering a spring-time breeze […]

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Nitwit Blubber Oddment Tweak

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Julia made me this excellent piece of art for my birthday. She included both one of the funniest lines in the first Harry Potter book (the "few words" that Dumbledore offers to the new class at Hogwarts [#spoiler]) and various illustrations of themes and scenes from the books. She’s a pretty great Muggle.

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · borrowed content · family · girls · parenting · photos · spring