Things Keeping Us Going: We Published a Book Edition

We are SO EXCITED! After years of talking about it, we have published our first book! We started at the beginning: with our own stories. Many of the writers involved with Sick Pilgrim worked together to put together an anthology of biographical essays that tell the very personal stories of our faith journeys. Sick Pilgrims:Continue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: We Published a Book Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: A Disappointing Harvest Edition

I am an avid gardener from a long line of avid gardeners. I married a chef who began his culinary career as a young boy working on the farms in his rural Maine hometown. Planting seeds, watering and weeding, nurturing all those fruits and veggies fills at least three seasons of our year. Looking forwardContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: A Disappointing Harvest Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: Back to School Edition

Next week I start my 37th school year as an educator. You would think that after all this time, it would be tiresome. Nope. As the principal I worked for the longest always said, “My two favorite days of the year are the First Day of School and the Last Day of School.” He’s notContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: Back to School Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: Nothing is Going to Plan Edition

My Personal Chef and I are on vacation this week. Our plan was to finally make the trip to Canada that we had scheduled for our 30th anniversary two years ago, that had to be canceled back then because of Covid restrictions. See, for our first date, I got picked up from work on aContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: Nothing is Going to Plan Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: Weekend at the Lake Edition

This weekend, for the first time in a very, very long time, there were four generations of my family at the lake house in New Hampshire. My parents did a fair-to-middling job preparing the house for their first great grandsons–a VERY busy toddler and his one-year-old brother. However, they did an EXCELLENT job spoiling themContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: Weekend at the Lake Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: Hanging on the Screen Porch Edition

It is Indepence Day here in the USA. I have mixed feelings today. Big feelings. Lots of us do, I know. I will be sure to write more about that in the near future. Right now, though, I am hopped up on prednisone for the poison ivy that is covering my face, right hand, andContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: Hanging on the Screen Porch Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: The Loons

It is officially summer in the northern hemisphere. Summer in New England is a short season that I cram full of outdoor concerts, and barbecues, and hikes, and trips to the ocean, and paddles on the river, and campfires, and gardens, and books read in the hammock… There is nothing that captures the magic ofContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: The Loons”

Things Keeping Us Going: An Excessively Long Drive in the Mountains Edition

Last week, work was simply too much. There were too many staff out, too many deadlines looming, too many things to do RIGHT NOW. When I got home just a little after 5:00 PM, my Personal Chef had the car packed, the dog fed, and was pulling a burger off the grill for me. BeforeContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: An Excessively Long Drive in the Mountains Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: Pomp & Circumstance Edition

Years ago, a principal I worked with was prone to saying that the two best days of the year are the first day of school and the last day of school. I am inclined to agree. I live in a very small town surrounded by other small towns. This past weekend was the height ofContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: Pomp & Circumstance Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: An Excessively Long Hike in the Mountains

I’m a mother. I’m a grandmother. I’m a human being. I am also an educator whose field of expertise is childhood trauma. So, my response to the horrors at Robb Elementary in Uvalde has been visceral. I cannot watch the news anymore, because it makes me ugly cry. As the director at my program, IContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: An Excessively Long Hike in the Mountains”