One Phone Call From Our Knees: What I Learned about Stroke

 There's this song on the radio "Closer to Love" about how we're all one phone call from our knees. We all know it. Why would anyone sing about it?   A few weeks ago on a Wednesday, I was at work when I got a phone call from my brother Matt. Dad had had a minor stroke Tuesday night, but everything was okay. He'd been out in Vancouver on business....more

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Staring at branches

This week I have been inspired to do some genealogy. My husband's Aunt is a passionate hobby genealogist. Rather contagious actually. So i signed up for a trial version of to start. There are many questions to be answered and I know that they won't be answered by one online resource alone. First I researched my Father's lineage. I drew lines easily to French Canada. No surprise considering most of this geographic area contains those who lingered along the border. One family line draws itself to England....more

Taking care of my body after a year of binging - Day 5-7

I haven't been on this site for several days. That’s because my daughter is finally sleeping early. I am so happy that I finally have time to myself to relax or to clean up that that when I put her down to bed, I find myself laying on the couch to relax for 5 minutes and before I know it, a brick falls on my head and I’m knocked out, snoring to my hearts content. When I finally awaken, it is 3:00 a.m. and I rush to gather my stuff for the morning rush and off I go back to bed. It’s been this way for the last several days....more

Constant Counting

The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) reports that 3% of people in the United States have OCD. Typical age of onset for boys is 6 to 15, while for women it is often later, between the ages of 20 and 30. Research suggests that genetics, abuse, and other factors contribute to the development of the disorder....more

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Piercing My Nose. Or Not.

This was going to be a story of feminism and self-ownership: The search for my nose began as a child. Mine was round and very unlike my mother's regal Roman nose. My birth father was long gone, but old photographs bore evidence of a nose bent and flattened from repeated breaking, a hazard of soccer and Spanish blood run hot. My nose did not have the narrow British look of my grandmother's nor the prominent Italian bulge of my grandfather's. It had no match, no ancestry, no belonging. ...more
Tamara, I saw on Facebook you did get it after all. Originally a small dot, and now a beautiful ...more


I have thought a lot about other moms since my divorce nearly five years ago. We moved after we divorced and had to make a new set of friends. I tried at first to be the mom I had been before the divorce. We were at a new school and I wanted to volunteer and be that over-achiever mom I used to be, in another life, another place, another time....more

Not necessarily negative at all! I love playing with the word "creeping." It is very ...more

March is Here: Updike's Got It Right

In keeping with tradition at Maine-ly Home, here's John Updike's take on March. Have you gotten your copy of A Child's Calendar?...more

These Kids Are My Whole World

And that is why I am going to post a gazillion pictures in this post!  And you will love them all, just as much if not more than I do.  Okay that was a lie, but I think you'll like them. A lot.Levi has an obsession with shoes....more

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