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”

Things Keeping Us Going: Things Could Be Worse Edition

I’m day four into my first go ’round with Covid-19. It’s astonishing, really, given that I have worked continuously, in person, with tiny children, that I haven’t gotten sick sooner. Man, Covid is no joke. I’ve been SICK. I had planned on doing this week’s TKUG post on the brief glory that is my wisteriaContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: Things Could Be Worse Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: Campfire, a Trip to the Library, Scallion Pancakes, and Dirt Therapy Edition

Last week was jam-packed and action-filled. Much of it was wonderful–I absolutely delighted in surprising my coworkers with goofy treats for each day of Teacher Appreciation Week, and I was tickled to catch up via videochat with a bunch of Sick Pilgrim artist-friends–but there was too much that was heavy and hard. By the timeContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: Campfire, a Trip to the Library, Scallion Pancakes, and Dirt Therapy Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: Teacher Appreciation Week Edition

I began my career in education in 1985 in the campus child care center of UMASS/Boston, where I was studying estuarian geography. I had no intention of making a career in early education. I was going to study rivers and lead canoe trips . Seriously. That was my plan, and the gig in the childContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: Teacher Appreciation Week Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: Spring Blooms Edition

I am every bit an earthy-crunchy, floppy straw hat wearing, dirt-under-my-nails Garden Girl. I married a Country Boy whose first jobs were on farms. His vegetable beds are a wonder of art and science. We are both firm believers in the power of Dirt Therapy. Few things strengthen the body and soothe the soul theContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: Spring Blooms Edition”

Things Keeping Us Going: Peanut Butter Toast Edition

I have no idea how it started, but my brother and I are convinced that the first schmear of peanut butter tastes the best. For as long as I can remember, we have fought over the top of a new jar of peanut butter. At a recent family gathering, I learned that my cousins fightContinue reading “Things Keeping Us Going: Peanut Butter Toast Edition”