Gratitude

Stella is constantly making beautiful artwork.  One day she handed me this,  enclosed in an envelope, skillfully crafted by her older brother. I opened it and said, “Wow Stella! This is a letter! What does it say?” Dear Mommy, Thank you for the delicious pancakes. Amen. Well! We should have…

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Half Marathon

Well friends, I ran my first half marathon on Sunday. I spent the night in Rhode Island with five of my running buddies and met a few others along the way. We picked up our race packets the night before and dined on fabulous fare. We called it a night…

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Kronos Quartet

My good friend, Ken Johnson, is the passionate choir director at Mansfield Middle School in Storrs, CT.  He has been teaching there for 16 years. He programs challenging music, encouraging his students to sing repertoire far beyond their years. His love for music and teaching is evident, and the connections…

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Bake. Eat. Share. Love.

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. A day we will never forget. I’m sure we can all recall where we were when we heard the news. I was a first year teacher. I had heard from another teacher what had happened, but I could not comprehend the magnitude of…

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Little Dresses for Africa

I love Africa. I don’t know why. I’ve never been there, but somehow I’m drawn to the people, the geography, the music, the culture. And I know they are desperately in need, in so many ways. It’s where I need to go some day. But for now I’ll make dresses. …

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Yellow Squash Recipe

Summer squash is so plentiful that I’m constantly looking for new ways to present it. I had a few in my fridge and I didn’t want them to go to waste. I found this great recipe for yellow summer squash cake. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s more like…

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My Pepper Dilemma

My knowledge and understanding of peppers is pretty limited – probably limited to the bell and the jalapeno to be honest.  I found this beauty in my CSA veggie box:   So tell me (please): What kind of pepper is this? How hot is it? What do I do with…

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14 miles. Run and Done.

Yesterday I ran with 6 of my running buddies. Three of them broke off at the 6 and 9 mile marks,  I continued on with Chrissy and Esther to complete 14. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I ever conceive of running 14 miles. I remember getting back into running…

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Flying Solo

I’ve been training for a half marathon using the Jeff Galloway method. I have a great running partner who I meet with pretty regularly. We do two, 3-mile runs throughout the week and then a long run on the weekend. I actually have many terrific running partners in town, so…

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Neighbors

We live in a pretty remote area. I wouldn’t call it a “neighborhood.” There are hundreds of acres of state forest behind us and only a few houses on our tiny lane. We quickly found out that people move here so they can be alone. We know our neighbors by…

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