Mommy Groups: The Power and the Glory

I gave Jeanine Cummins a blurb for her new novel, The Crooked Branch, which just released. It is an excellent, entertaining book, funny and dark in parts (with lots about the Irish potato famine) which everybody should immediately buy and read. You should also pick up THE OUTSIDE BOY (which I just recommended to my … Continue reading Mommy Groups: The Power and the Glory

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Girl Kitty

A few months ago, we began to experience a rat problem. They lived in the bush behind our house, the morning glory that wraps the fence. Morning glory is the devil's plant-- it's related to poison oak, so it can give you a rash; and if you leave torn shoots on the ground, it will … Continue reading Girl Kitty

The Writer and the Whale: An Overactive Imagination

After Cadillac and I got back from our trip, I regaled the kids with tall tales about Cadillac. My kids' motto, like the X-Files, is, "I WANT to Believe." They love hearing stories and sometimes believe them, even if they are far-fetched. And they often add onto them, spinning them into Paul Bunyan-Babe the Blue … Continue reading The Writer and the Whale: An Overactive Imagination

The First Day of School is the Best Day of School

My kids watch a show called Fred. The guy who plays Fred (who got his show by posting skits on YouTube, so good for him) speaks in a Chipmunk-esque voice that's so annoying, I refused to watch it for years. But then I accidentally watched some and it was pretty funny. He sings a song … Continue reading The First Day of School is the Best Day of School

Dollhouse Progress

We're making good progress on the old dollhouse. Apparently people who enjoy dressing up in Downton Abbey-esque costumes are going to live here, like the lady in purple, because my daughters decided it will have a modern kitchen. The purple lady is in what will be the kitchen. The wallpaper is Victorian era, allegedly. I … Continue reading Dollhouse Progress