Oops: Words from a Mum of Nine

Forget about being efficent or productive when you are interacting with tiny children; you will save yourself hours of agitated frustration on your part and angry resistance from your little ones.- melanie jean juneau Art by Mary Cassat...more

10 Reasons You Should Not Care About Police Week

Yup, you read that right. I know there are millions of you that hate cops, and there are millions of you that love them. I've given it a lot of thought and realized the haters have a point. I mean seriously, in 1962 John F. Kennedy decided to set aside an entire week to honor them? A whole week?  Thousands of people descend on Washington, DC and snarl traffic for events all week. Whew, glad I don't live there, traffic's bad enough already....more

The Blessing of a Sick Husband and a Good Friend

It's been one of those days.  The kind that start by being woken up at 3 a.m. and end in exhaustion on the sofa far too many hours later.  The type where you find out just who your real friends are....more

The Joy of the Family Outing

As I look back on my childhood, I realize that many of my best memories came from the shared misery my sisters and I endured.Sharing the back seat of a Volvo for numerous trips to my uncle’s dairy farm, often with bags of cow manure for my father’s organic garden in the trunk.We had to come up with ways to fight the boredom of those five-hour car trips with only two scheduled pit stops and nothing more than some 8-track tapes and each other for entertainment.There were the times one of us dared to ask for a pet hamster,bird, or tropical fish....more

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating.  Here's to how I am feeling about the current winter. (Really, not worth celebrating but cannot escape it. Might as well try to embrace it.) ...more

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating.  Here's to insanely ridiculous sunsets.(I am taking this as Mother Nature's attempt to apologize for the harsh winter.)...more

Around the Table

The kitchen has always been a gathering place for my family for as long as I can remember.  The women in our family have probably spent over half of their lives in their kitchens and I am no different.  I spent countless hours conversing with my grandmother as she prepared meal after meal- three meals/day seven days/week and while she baked cakes and breads from scratch.  I also enjoyed listening to her sing while she worked in the kitchen.  Our family ate all of our meals at the kitchen table and, if someone had football practice or a meeting, we waited for them to get ...more

Do's and Don'ts

I have a list of DO's and DON'Ts (the discussion about the correct spelling of DOs and DON'Ts could be a blog post in and of itself...who knew???) when it comes to living in an empty nest.My list is a bit long, so I shortened it for this post---...more

How to Stop 'Why'ning

'Why' is a spiky, sharp, penetrating word; a word  that can stop you in your tracks. A question containing 'why' is rarely welcome unless you are a philosopher, (and everyone knows how annoying they are. Socrates was sentenced to death for asking 'why' one time too many). Young children, being natural philosophers, often ask why....more